Augsburg Gains New Bishop - Replaces Mixa Who Left in Scandal

Monsters and Critics
October 23, 2010

Berlin - A new bishop took over the Catholic diocese of Augsburg in southern Germany on Saturday, just under six months after predecessor Walter Mixa handed in his resignation amid a scandal over his past.

Konrad Zdarsa was consecrated bishop in Augsburg cathedral with 2,500 Catholics attending. Zdarsa was previously bishop of the small eastern diocese of Goerlitz. Located in Bavaria state, Augsburg is part of Germany's Catholic heartland.

Mixa left in May over allegations that while he had been a parish priest in the late 1980s he slapped the faces of unruly teenaged orphans. The claims emerged during an outcry over sex molestation by priests, but it was never claimed Mixa, 66, was a molester.


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