Pope Francis summoned the Bishop of Limburg FranzFranz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst to the Vatican for a sit down.
The pope left the clergyman stew in limbo for eight days before deciding to banish him from his diocese until further review for his alleged inappropriate spending of money earmarked for the church. The German Bishop’s Conference is investigating the matter.
Bishop FranzFranz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst is accused of having spent more than $42 million to renovate his residence with home décor similar to goods that grace the pages of this publication.
Questionable items purchased include a conference table that costs $34,000, a bathtub valued at $34,000, and a $4-million private chapel. The spending is reported to have gone over budget by tens of millions of dollars.
The Bishop of Osnabruecktold German newspaper Die Welt that there is doubt whether the banned bishop will ever return to Limburg, as the diocese is in a state of turmoil over this matter.
….The bishop tasked architect Michael Frielinghaus with creating a house of God that would "still be full of dignity in a century," the architect told German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The clergyman put no limits on Frielinghaus' spending, the architect said.