Pope Francis Suspends ‘Bishop Of Bling:

Pope Francis means Business….Days of the So called princes’ of the Church seem to be numbered..The Laity will Certainly Stand by you, in this fight against corrupt practices within the Church, Dear HOLY FATHER…..

GREG

 

Why German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst Vacated Diocese of Limburg

International Business Times

on October 23 2013 9:15 PM

Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst
Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst (L) was expelled by Pope Francis (R) after the “Bishop of Bling” spent millions to reconstruct his official residence. Reuters

 

Pope Francis has suspended “Bishop of Bling” Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, ABC News reported Wednesday. The free spending bishop, who is also known as Bishop Deluxe, according to the site, was ordered to leave the Diocese of Limburg, though not permanently for now.

For the first time since he was elected, Pope Francis reinforced that people should live a more humble lifestyle. As for himself, the Argentinian pope famous declined to live in the Vatican’s grandiose papal residence.

The Vatican press office released a short statement that said the actions of the bishop had created a situation “where in the present moment he cannot exercise his Episcopal ministry.” The pope’s decision to expel the “Bishop of Bling,” as he’s been called internationally, took effect immediately.

“Pending the results of this examination and the related investigations on the responsibilities in this regard, the Holy See considers it appropriate to authorize Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst a period of stay outside the Diocese,” the statement said, according to the news site.

How long the priest will be suspended depends on a report from the German Bishop Conference in regard to how much the cost of construction for the bishop’s official residence comes to, ABC News wrote. Pope Francis was informed last week that the costs might reach $55 million, which is $13 million over an already outstanding price.

But a lavish revision isn’t the only thing for which Bishop Tebartz-van Elst is under fire. He might have used Church money to fund a trip to India. As he is being investigated, a prosecutor’s office is deciding if he should be charged with perjury.

The family of the “Bishop of Bling” has been criticized since he was expelled, ABC News wrote. “We get daily death threats by phone or in letters,” the brother of the bishop, Johannes, told German newspaper Bunte. Despite being ostracized, the bishop’s 87-year-old mother stands behind him.

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, head of the German bishops’ conference, said he thinks the bishop will take the time to reflect during his expulsion. “I am convinced that the bishop of Limburg … will confront this situation in a spirit of

self-criticism,” he said last week.

 

DNA 24th October, 2013

Pope gives ‘luxury bishop’ the pink slip

 

Vatican City: Pope Francis on Wednesday banished a German Roman Catholic prelate known as the “luxury bishop” for spending 31 million euros ($42.70 million) of Church funds on his residence at a time when the pontiff is stressing austerity.

In a highly unusual move, Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg was ordered to leave his diocese while an investigation and audit into cost over-runs is held.

A Vatican statement said the bishop, who met the pope on Monday to discuss the scandal in the German Church, “was currently not in a position to carry out his episcopal ministry”. It said he should stay outside his diocese “for a period,” and that it would be administered in his absence by a vicar-general.

The issue has proven a major embarrassment for the pope, who has called for a more austere Church that sides with the poor and has told bishops not to live “like princes”.

Francis has also promised to clean up the murky finances of the Vatican’s own bank and has set up a commission to advise him on whether it should be restructured or even closed.

The German media has dubbed Tebartz-van Elst “the luxury bishop” after an initial audit of his spending, ordered after a Vatican monitor visited Limburg last month, revealed the project cost at least 31 million euros – six times more than planned.

Tebartz-van Elst, whose baroque style has appeared more in line with the conservative model of Roman Catholicism projected by retired German-born Pope Benedict, has also been accused by German magistrates of lying under oath about a first-class flight to visit poverty programmes in India.

German media, citing official documents, said the residence had been fitted with a free-standing bath that cost 15,000 euros, a conference table that cost 25,000 euros and a private chapel for 2.9 million euros. —Reuters

 

Deutsch: Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst * 20. No...

Deutsch: Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst * 20. November 1959, Bischof von Limburg seit 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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