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London Atheist Activist Group (informal community) Message Board 1. MAIN FORUM - (non-Islam) › Vatican suspends 'bishop of bling' Tebartz-van Elst

Vatican suspends 'bishop of bling' Tebartz-van Elst

MyTime_ThisTime
user 3399980
London, GB
Post #: 455
This is priceless. Maybe this will encourage demonstrations against the Church tax that many pay in Germany, when they have Bishops so willing to squander their money.

"Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is the daughter of a Protestant pastor, said that she had expressed "hope that there will be an answer for believers, for people's confidence in their Church".

I think we have the answer!



Vatican suspends 'bishop of bling' Tebartz-van Elst

The Vatican has suspended a senior German Church leader dubbed the "bishop of bling" by the media over his alleged lavish spending.

Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst is accused of spending more than 31m euros (£26m; $42m) on renovating his official residence.

The Vatican said it deemed "appropriate... a period of leave from the diocese" for the bishop.

The suspension comes two days after he met the Pope to discuss the matter.

"A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties", a Vatican statement said.

It said a Church commission would rule on the matter, but did not say where Bishop Tebartz-van Elst, 53, would go or what he would do while the inquiry was held.

The head of Germany's main lay Catholic group, the Central Committee of German Catholics, Alois Glueck, welcomed the Vatican's decision.

He said: "Pope Francis's decision offers the chance of a first step toward a new beginning in the Limburg diocese, because the situation has become an increasing burden for the faithful there, and in all of Germany, over recent weeks."

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Richard F
user 2543752
London, GB
Post #: 1,099
So... Priests and Bishops can rape children and they will be protected. They spend too much on an extension to an already lavish building and they are punished.

Yep. That's the warped cognitive processes of the religious for you!
MyTime_ThisTime
user 3399980
London, GB
Post #: 459
Utterly ridiculous, yes.
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