His new private residence will cost â‚¬31m and include a â‚¬15,000 bathtub, furnishings worth â‚¬380,000 and a garden that came with a â‚¬783,000 bill. But the "bling bishop" of Limburg is unlikely ever to enjoy the benefits of his luxurious new home, after he was temporarily suspended from his post by the pope yesterday.
In a press statement, the Vatican said it had been confronted with a situation in which Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst "could not follow his duty as bishop" and had decided to allow him "some time outside the diocese". A final verdict on the bishop's future is expected after the completion of an internal investigation into the Limburg building project.
Tebartz-van Elst has come under increasing criticism since the estimated cost of his new residence â€“ described by some newspapers as "palatial" â€“ rose to â‚¬31m (ÂŁ26m) earlier this month....
Well, this golden boy, just got his hat handed to him at least in Germany, Vatican removes Germany's 'bishop of bling'. I guess only a former Catholic or one that hasn't made the Pilgrimage From Rome, can tell use what adoration Catholics give their Bishops, many are treated as a shaman/guru they aren't from the article:
His Unholiness,...'asks the faithful of the diocese of Limburg to accept the decisions of the [Un]Holy See with docility and to commit themselves to rediscovering an atmosphere of charity and reconciliation," the Vatican statement said.'