Pope Removes German Bishop For Lavish Spending

$42 million residential complex project at issue

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Limburg's Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst during a church service at the Cathedral in Fulda, central Germany Sept. 24, 2013.

Pope Francis has temporarily removed a German bishop from his diocese amid a national scandal over his $42 million project to build a new residential complex.

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of the diocese of Limburg will be replaced until a church commission finishes its investigation into the expenditures, the Vatican said Wednesday. The allegations have sparked outrage in a country with a church tax that supplies the church with billions of dollars a year, the Associated Press reports.

Tebartz-van Elst has said the cost of the development included 10 separate projects, with additional costs linked to regulations of buildings under historical protection.

[AP]

7 comments
GerCurly
GerCurly

Well done Pope Francis!!!!!


In Africa children starve to death ...............and this Bishop spends 15,000 euro on a Bathtub.
He ought to be send deep into Africa to a mission, for a humble lifestyle.

stevek77536
stevek77536

The pope announced this from his vacation palace at Castel Gandolpho.

eagle11772
eagle11772

Unlike nearly ALL Protestant churches, the Roman Catholic Church has NO transparency, and NO accountability to ANYONE. Until the RCC becomes transparent and accountable, these financial scandals, sexual scandals, and other scandals are going to continue indefinitely.  This is a natural consequence for ANY organization, religious or secular, that has no transparency and accountability.  The lay members, and the clergy should DEMAND transparency, and accountability for an organization who is SUPPOSED TO PRACTICE HONESTY, and PROMOTE HONESTY.  I'm a Protestant, born and raised, attend church regularly, and each nite before I go to bed, I fall down on my knees and THANK GOD that i wasn't born a Roman Catholic !

jpcali
jpcali

@stevek77536  Yes it is a little hypocritical for the "church" who has amassed trillions in wealth and holdings to be expect this token sacrificial offering to sanctimoniously fool people.

buffalo.barnes102
buffalo.barnes102

@eagle11772 

Roman Catholic; Protestant; Lutheran; et al: You're all flogging the same horse. Get off your knees and on your feet. God gave us reason, not religion.

eagle11772
eagle11772

@Ahu  No, I was born in Brooklyn ! :)  And I'm a Lutheran, born and raised for more than 50 years.