Pope Accepts Resignation of High-Spending German Bishop


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Pope Accepts Resignation of High-Spending German Bishop



Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van ElstCreditFredrik Von Erichsen/European Pressphoto Agency

BERLIN — Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the bishop of Limburg, whose extravagant spending on renovations for his personal residence angered his congregation and ran afoul of the pontiff’s message of humility and modesty for the Roman Catholic Church.

The Holy See accepted the German bishop’s offer to resign “given that it has come to a situation in the Limburg diocese that prevents Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst from fruitfully carrying out his duties,” the Vatican said in a statement on Wednesday.

German news reports said that Bishop Tebartz-van Elst, 54, had poured more than 31 million euros, or about $43 million, into the renovation of his residence and other church buildings, including €15,000 on a bathtub and an expensive reopening of the roof of his personal chapel to allow for the suspension of a cross.

As the allegations and the discontent mounted last year, the bishop traveled to the Vatican in October and offered his resignation to the pope. Pope Francis suspended him at the time, pending the outcome of an investigation by Germany’s conference of bishops.

Members of that conference had expressed doubt that it would be possible for Bishop Tebartz-van Elst to return to his post given the reactions of many in his diocese. The allegations have added to the struggles of the Catholic Church in Germany, which has sought to regain trust shattered by revelations of widespread sexual abuse of minors by the clergy.

Details of the German bishops’ findings are expected to be released later Wednesday.

Gaia Pianigiani contributed reporting from Vatican City.

    8 Responses to “Pope Accepts Resignation of High-Spending German Bishop”

  1. Michael Skiendzielewski Says:

    Wow, a Church leader who wasted parishioners’ monies on an extravagant lifestyle, is held accountable.

    When will those leaders ( a single Cardinal or Bishop) who allowed the destruction of the lives of our children be held accountable?

  2. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    tee hee hee…in one day out the next! coooooooool!

  3. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    but wait…where is the poor little nazi gonna serv god now? i’m so worried for him…what to do?

  4. Thomas Says:

    Do they have out houses in Germany…maybe he can go into a restoration business???

  5. Augusta Wynn Says:

    Wonder how much his eyebrows cost. How long did this goofy guy get to pretend he is a priest?


  6. Thomas Says:

    He was a thief… well disguised… he created a good life for himself, while others suffered. Finn, on the other hand was stupid… in his silence and inactivity, trust, respect, and credibility were sacrificed… and potential harm took roots in the midwest. He should have retired along time ago.

  7. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    Answer: He told himself to put a CURL IN THE GIRL and Voila! those tweety bird brows were born!

  8. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    He’s moved to Hollywood:


    bless its little heart!

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