The child abuse scandal that has engulfed the Vatican intensified on Thursday after two more bishops offered to resign and the leaders of 5m Catholics in England and Wales issued the strongest admission of guilt yet to emerge from the church.
The offer of resignation by Walter Mixa, Bishop of Augsburg in southern Germany, will be particularly unwelcome for Pope Benedict XVI as the two men are close allies. Bishop Mixa is alleged to have beaten children at a Catholic children’s home in the 1970s and 1980s. He has not been accused of sexual abuse.
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