Catholic Church abuse scandal: focus switches to 'sadistic' German bishop

Catholic Church abuse scandal: focus switches to 'sadistic' German bishop March 31, 2010

A DAY after the Vatican insisted that it had “diplomatic immunity” and could not be hauled into a US court to testify in a Kentucky abuse case hearing, news broke that a German bishop and close friend of Pope Ratzinger viciously beat Catholic orphans.

Bishop Walter Mixa
Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg is accused of flogging and beating pupils at a Catholic orphanage in Germany 30 years ago.
The Bishop, who was appointed by the Pope in 2005, is a controversial figure who has tried to explain paedophilia in the Church by claiming the sexual liberation movement must share a “significant” part of the blame.
He is said to have used a carpet beater on the bare skin of boys and girls as he screamed:

Satan is in you and I must drive him out.

Five alleged victims from the orphanage, in the village of Schrobenhausen, have claimed he also used a stick, a wooden cookery spoon and, when that broke, his fists.
Nuns of the Mallersdorf order who worked for him at the at the St Josef children’s home in Schrobenhausen also hit the children with “wooden brooms, wooden shoes, and clothing hangers,” they said.
A man who refused to be identified because he works as a teacher himself now told Germany’s Sueddeutsche newspaper:
A minimum of 50 times in one year he made me drop my trousers and beat me on my behind with a carpet beater or a stick, really, really hard.
As a young cleric, Mixa, 68, was friendly with the then Cardinal Ratzinger in Germany. He is part of a conservative group in Bavaria that has backed the Pope’s more controversial decisions.
A spokeswoman for the Bishopric of Augsburg said:

These are absurd and defamatory statements.

The orphanage has been under different management since 1999 and no complaints have been made public since Mr Mixa moved on and started to rise in the church hierarchy.
The claims came as Vatican officials drew up a three-pronged attack on attempts by American lawyers to drag Pope Benedict XVI before a court to answer questions on the priest sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church.

Lawyers in Kentucky want Benedict to go before a judge to reveal what he knows of abuse claims, but the Vatican legal team is arguing that the Pope has immunity as a head of state and therefore cannot be summonsed.
They are also insisting that American bishops who oversaw abusive priests were not employees of the Vatican and that a 1962 document is not the “smoking gun” that provides proof of a cover-up.
The Kentucky case centres on determining whether victims actually have a claim against the Vatican itself, for allegedly failing to alert police or the public about priests who molested children.
It was filed in 2004 by three men who claim they were abused by priests and claim negligence by the Vatican and their lawyer William McMurry insists there are thousands of victims across the country.
And in Switzerland, where 60 allegations of paedophile priests have been reported, bishops admitted they had “underestimated” the extent of sexual abuse by clergy.
Meanwhile, we learn that a now  “disfellowed” Jehovah’s Witness has been jailed indefinitely after being convicted at Hull Crown Court for 19 rapes, four counts of sexual activity with a child, six counts of indecency with a child, one sex assault and two counts of indecency with a child.
George Arthur Cockerill
Judge Roger Thorn QC told George Arthur Cockerill, 78:

You have pleaded guilty to 32 serious counts that reflect your sexual depravity …You have been the most terrible hypocrite, passing yourself off as a law-abiding member of the community and using religion as a tool of subjection to control your victims.

Cockerill was sentenced to a minimum of six years. He will not be released until the Parole Board believe he is no longer a danger. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
A spokesperson for the Jehovah’s Witnesses said:

We do not tolerate in any way that kind of behaviour. When this was brought to our attention Mr Cockerill was disfellowshipped and therefore he is no longer a Jehovah’s Witness.

Hat tip: PaulEd (Mixa) and Alan H (Cockerill)

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  • Broadsword

    Spare the rod and spoil the child is one thing but this is just sadism. If they’re not fiddling kids they’re getting their rocks off beating them. Mixa is just another type of pervert in a frock concealed within the catholic church.
    Notice how the violence was dished out to orphans with no parents to run to or anyone who would notice their injuries?
    I’d like to know more of this man’s mindset. Was he genuinely “Driving out Satan”, or yet another priest with a dangerous fetish and a stiffie?

  • barriejohn

    I had to rub my eyes when I first came across the word “Bishopric” there, Barry, and then you go on to talk about Arthur Cockerill! Following on from Roger Boyes, I wonder whether you are making up some of this!! However, you have blogged about the mixed-up Bishop Mixa before, as have other sites I visit, so he is no stranger to us at all:

  • barriejohn

    Have other readers seen the front cover of this week’s Private Eye?
    “In the old days boys wanted to enter the priesthood…rather than the other way round”!!
    PS Don’t miss Have I Got News For You?, which is now being aired on Thursday evenings!

  • NeoWolfe

    Wow, my parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses, and while the punishment for brainwashing me as an infant should be as severe, I never imagined that a pedophile could keep his secret among their ranks. I boinked a girl and she confessed it to the elders the next day!!! And after she begged me for it!!!!
    As an escapee, I have always considered JW’s to be braindead, but sincere in their beliefs. And as cults go, they are fairly benign, they don’t do war or politics, but, speaking from experience, if you cross them, they will strip you of everything within their influence. Parents, children, job, friends, EVERYTHING!!! No mercy.

  • Bill

    “Vatican legal team is arguing that the Pope has immunity as a head of state and therefore cannot be summonsed.”
    This sums up the problem perfectly. This isn’t about being head of state, it is about what is right. It is right that the Pope faces up; it is wrong that he doesn’t. You would think that the head of a church would understand the difference.

  • barriejohn

    Bill: There’s never been any doubt in my mind from the outset that he would not be facing the music himself, as he IS a “head of state”!

  • NeoWolfe

    I believe that it was the same state (vatican) that smuggled Nazi war criminals to Argentina at the end of WWII. Yoseph Mengele died of old age, instead of in a prison cell with a shitter two feet from his nose. And while you are right about realistic expectations about arresting the kingpin of pedophilia, I think we do need to keep up the pressure, or it will never change. Good luck to the sane.

  • sailor1031

    “He is part of a conservative group in Bavaria”……why am I not surprised. I was reading the BNP manifesto online a day or two ago and found that the ultranasty nick griffin wants to reintroduce corporal punishment in the schools and flogging for some (maybe all – it wasn’t clear) criminals. Well WTF is with fascists and violence? is it sexual or are they just fucking barbarians?

  • GM Vancouver

    It seems more and more that pedophiles seek out a life in the clergy since they know Rome will defend them or at least hide them until it gets too public to manage.

  • GM Vancouver

    “Well WTF is with fascists and violence? is it sexual or are they just fucking barbarians?”
    Yes to both

  • Graham

    The abuse of children by the catholic church is terrible. We keep hearing not all priests are abusers, but they are, it doesn’t have to be sexual abuse, just religious chatterings is enough. I believe anyone who trusts a priest with the care of their child should be charged with child abuse.
    Why do all the so called decent priests no resign from the church in protest?
    I really would like to see the catholic church finished off, sadly I think not, the church is still to powerful, I think the best we can hope for is all of the filthy bastards be locked up until they die.

  • Angela_K

    This catholic abuse business just keeps on giving; I hope we continue to hear more damaging revelations. This is a bit like the MP’s expenses scandal.

  • Broga

    I hope there will be a warm reception for Ratzinger when he arrives for his £20 million freebie, courtesy of UK tax payers, and with enthusiastic approval from Gordon Brown.
    Meanwhile long report on BBC Radio 5 live about Nichol’s insistence that contraception in the Third World was wrong and the way to combat Aids etc was abstinence.

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