Following his meeting with the so-called “Bling Bishop” aka “Bishop DeLuxe” on Monday, Pope Francis has seen fit to order Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst of Limburg out of the German Diocese according to Vatican News on Wednesday.
Pope Francis met with the “Bishop DeLuxe” on Monday; one week after Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst of Limburg’s lavish spending was reported. However, Vatican News had not yet disseminated the details of Pope Francis’ audience with the Bishop from Germany.
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 for $42 million spent towards 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, including damage to the streets due to the construction.
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.
On Wednesday morning, the Holy See Press Office announced, via Vatican News, that Pope Francis has decided to remove the “Bling Bishop of Limburg” from his ministry. He will be replaced with Stadtdekan Wolfgang Rosch, an appointment that originally was to take effect January 1, 2014.
The Holy Father has been continually informed in detail and objectively on the situation regarding the diocese of Limburg. In the diocese, a situation has arisen in which Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst cannot, at the present moment, continue to exercise his episcopal ministry.
Pope Francis has ordered a Commission to examine the extravagant expenditure for the Bishop's residence in Limburg, and Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst will remain on leave until the matter is resolved.
Residents of Limburg were embarrassed by the “Bishop DeLuxe” and called for his removal, as seen in the attached photograph from Germany on October 13. A woman covered her face with a postcard as she stood in front of the Limburg Cathedral.
Mr. Bishop, we have had enough! Retreat!
Pope Francis has granted the Limburg residents their wish, for now.
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