Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Pope Francis sacks "Bling Bishop" over luxury lifestyle

Pope Francis has indefinitely suspended Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Diocese of Limburg,known as "The Bling Bishop" after controversies surrounding his lifestyle .This came after the 53 year old Bishop spent a whooping $42m on a luxury residence  & reportedly dropped $15,000 on his bathtub alone.

The quarters includes a museum, conference halls, a chapel and private apartments,The project was approved by his predecessor and was initially valued at an estimated $7.5 million, but the final bill rose to $42 million, including a $1 million garden.Last year over 4,000 signed an open letter criticising him for using Church offering to fund his luxury lifestyle..

He is also accused of giving false statements in court about an expensive Ist class flight he took to India to visit poor communities. Pope Francis decided to have him step-down pending the conclusion of investigations.The Vatican didn't say how long he would spend away from the diocese of Limburg but it refused calls to remove him permanently

Photo's of the building after the cut..

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