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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rehabilitation of Bishop Walter Mixa

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Bishop Walter Mixa appointed to Pontifical Council

The former bishop of Augsburg can now fly around a bit by air, breathe Roman air and feel more important than before in meaningless meetings.

Today, Pope Benedict XVI nominated Bishop Walter Mixa who was expelled in July 2010 from Augsburg Diocese to be a member of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers. This was announced by the Vatican press office.

The Council was first established in 1985 by Pope John Paul II as part of the inflation of the curial apparatus. It serves as the coordinating body for pastoral care of sick people in the world's 120,000 Catholic health care institutions. Once a year, it organizes a meeting at the Vatican.

Bishop Mixa will be in the future one of forty members who advise the President of the Council, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski and his employees. His main task is to travel for meetings of the Council in Rome. At the same time as Bishop Mixa, the Pope has nominated Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of Durban in South Africa to the Council.

The Diocese of Eichstätt said in a press release that Mons. Mixa is still living in Kaisheim, a village of 4300 souls and works in pastoral care. In future, he will work as a companion for the sick on pilgrimages to Lourdes.
How Bishop Mixa became part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

Many more reports from his controversial ecclesiastical career.
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