Pope Francis has summoned Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst of Limburg, the German “Bling Bishop” otherwise known as “Bishop DeLuxe,” to explain his lavish lifestyle according to ABC News on Monday.
Germany assists the Catholic Church financially with a church tax, a fact that has been under scrutiny for some time. It has since been taken advantage of by the so-called “Bling Bishop,” who made headlines for a multi-million dollar renovation to his residence.
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the head of Germany’s Bishop Conference, informed Pope Francis of the “Bishop DeLuxe” and his lavish lifestyle within the Diocese of Limburg, which now has German prosecutors involved.
According to ABC News Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst spent $42 million for construction and renovations on a new bishop’s residence, that ABC reported was allocated for walk-in closets, a heated roof and $20,000 for the Bishop’s own private bathtub. However the “Bling Bishop” denied the allegations and stated the money was used for 10 projects that incurred additional costs for historical landmarks.
The “Bishop DeLuxe” flew to Rome on Sunday; reportedly in coach on the economy airline Ryanair, unlike a recent Lufthansa flight to India where he traveled to minister to the poor, yet enjoyed the luxuries of first-class.
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst’s behavior is in stark contrast to Pope Francis who has chosen to strip himself of worldly possessions and set an example for all Catholics. During Tuesday’s homily the Holy Father talked of idolatry and hypocrisy and stated that appearances are not as important as what is inside.
Jesus counsels: don’t look at appearances, go by the truth. The plate is the plate, but what is important is what’s on the plate: the meal. But if you are vain, if you are a careerist, if you are ambitious, if you are a person that always puts himself forward or likes to advance yourself, because you think you are perfect, give a little bit of alms and that will heal your hypocrisy.
There are no reports out of the Vatican, which confirm whether or not the “Bling Bishop” from Germany has met with Pope Francis.
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