May 8th, 2010
07:17 AM ET

German bishop resigns

The pope has accepted the resignation of a German bishop who had offered to step down last month after he was accused of hitting children in his care and misusing money donated to an orphanage.

A statement from the Vatican on Saturday confirmed the resignation of Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg. In accepting the resignation, the Vatican cited a section of canon law that allows clergy to resign "because of illness or some other grave reason" or if they have "become unsuited for the fulfillment of his office."

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  1. torkwase uganden

    The pope had to do what was right to the church.for the german bishop to resign was ok.

    May 8, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Michael L. Lewis

    One down, thousands of bishops and one pope to go!

    May 8, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Becky

    It has nothing to do with hitting kids and everything to do with taking money. Nuns have been beating kids for over a century and no one batted an eye at it. The horrendous physical and mental abuse that was suffered by orphans in the Magdalene laundry houses in Ireland was ignored. Children were tortured, burned, humiliated, and had every horrible thing imaginable happen to them. The physical abuse from the nuns in Catholic schools all over the world for over 100 years was ignored. I don't believe for one minute that the bishop would have been asked to step down if he was just hitting kids.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Katie

    But if you haven't noticed being Catholic justifies everything? I mean if someone associated with the Catholic church was responsible for this oil spill, there would be no problem.
    It's more like what's wrong with the rest of us? (ha sarcasm..)
    I guess if you want to get away with beating,stealing and lying become a Catholic!

    May 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |