Pope unlikely to grant bishop’s request to be reinstated

Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg arrives for a meeting in Hamburg in this March 2, 2009 file photo. Pope Benedict on May 8, 2010 accepted the resignation of Mixa who has been accused of sexually abusing minors, the latest in a string of Roman Catholic prelates forced to resign over an abuse scandal. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/Files (GERMANY - Tags: RELIGION HEADSHOT)

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI will meet a German bishop who resigned in April following allegations that he hit children, but is unlikely to consider the bishop’s request to be reinstated, the Vatican said Wednesday (June 16).

Bishop Walter Mixa, who admitted to striking children in the 1970s and ’80s, told the German daily Die Welt he had been pressured into signing a resignation letter and now wants his old job back. > more.


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