Vatican names successor to controversial German ex-bishop

8th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday named the successor for a controversial German ex-bishop who resigned after admitting he beat children in a Catholic orphanage, the Vatican said.

Konrad Zdarsa, until now the bishop of the Gorlitz diocese, was named bishop of Augsburg, succeeding Walter Mixa, who resigned in April after admitting he beat children from 1975 to 1996.

Last week, the pope met with Mixa, confirming he had accepted his resignation and seemingly putting an end to what the Vatican called an "out of proportion" controversy.

Mixa had previously accused senior Catholic figures in Germany of conspiring against him.

Like other European countries, Germany has been rocked in recent months by revelations that hundreds of children were physically or sexually abused in institutions, the vast majority Catholic-run.

The scandal has badly damaged the standing of the Church in Germany, as well as the pope, who is German, five years after his appointment as leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics was a source of great national pride.

© 2010 AFP

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