Jacqueline Maley & Barney Swartz; 8/5/10; (2 Items)
Irish victims of Catholic sex abuse are trying to block any visit by Cardinal George Pell intended to help end paedophilia cover-ups within the clergy there. A group in Ireland called Child Aware, headed by Hanora Brennan, has written to every member of the Irish lower house to protest against Cardinal Pell having any role in the plan. Ms Brennan has also requested a meeting with Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin, to argue that Cardinal Pell – Sydney’s Archbishop and Australia’s most senior Catholic clergyman – should not be allowed to visit on behalf of the Vatican.
German bishop offers to quit on claims
Germany’s Catholic Church is in fresh turmoil after prosecutors said they were probing pedophilia claims against a top bishop who had offered his resignation after admitting beating orphans. Prosecutors in the southern city of Augsburg said on Friday they had opened a preliminary probe into Walter Mixa after media reports said he had been accused of sexually abusing a boy while bishop of Eichstaett between 1996 and 2005. Mixa, 69, at first rebuffed allegations that he beat children and youths at a Roman Catholic orphanage in the 1970s and 1980s in the face of several sworn statements from his accusers.