Pope Francis met with the so-called “Bling Bishop” aka “Bishop Deluxe” on Monday; one week after the exorbitant spending of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst of Limburg was reported. However, Vatican News has yet to disseminate the details of Pope Francis’ audience with the Bishop from Germany, except to reiterate the Pontiff’s homily against greed on the same day His Holiness met with the “Bling Bishop”.
Last week Pope Francis summoned the German “Bishop DeLuxe” to explain his lavish lifestyle, a fact denounced by critics who declared Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst of Limburg had fled to the Vatican to hide beneath the Pope’s robe. The “Bling Bishop” made headlines after he allowed $42 million to be spent for the construction and renovation of a new bishop’s residence, which 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 for 10 projects that incurred additional costs for the renovation of historical landmarks.
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the head of Germany’s Bishop Conference and recently retired Archbishop of Freiburg, informed Pope Francis of the “Bishop DeLuxe” and his lavish lifestyle within the Diocese of Limburg, which now has German prosecutors involved. The “Bling Bishop” flew to Rome on Sunday, October 13; 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.
According to The Catholic Register, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch met with Pope Francis on October17 to discuss the financial situation created by Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst. Zollitsch expressed to the media that he left the audience with the Pontiff “feeling strengthened and encouraged”, however he remained hush on the details due to the confidentiality of the conference.
All sides are interested in a good and speedy solution in order to bring tranquility back to the Diocese of Limburg and to find a way out of this difficult situation.”
Neither Vatican News nor the Holy See Press Office have released information about the meeting between the Bishop of Limburg and Pope Francis, although during the morning Mass in Santa Marta, the Pontiff focused the day’s homily on greed and how an attachment to money destroys families and relationships.
That’s what does harm: greed in my relationship with money. Having more, having more, having more... It leads you to idolatry; it destroys your relationship with others. It’s not money, but the attitude, what we call greed. Then too this greed makes you sick, because it makes you think of everything in terms of money.
To read Pope Francis’ message on greed, click here.
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