Monday, April 7, 2014

Parsimonious Prelate Bounces Bishop of Bling

Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of a senior German Church leader suspended over his alleged lavish spending.  The Bishop of Limburg, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, was accused of spending more than $43 million on renovating his official residence.

Mockery on parade:  "Live Like God In Limburg"

German media reported that the Bishop's private quarters were fitted with a $20,000 bathtub, a conference table for $34,000 and a private chapel costing in excess of $4 million.  The bishop was also under fire for taking a first-class flight to India to visit the poor.  The profligate priest, dubbed the "bishop of bling" by the German media, offered to resign when the scandal broke last October.  Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed his disapproval of senior clerics whose lifestyles seem too lavish.

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