Holy See accepts resignation of ‘gold-plated’ Limburg bishop

IMG title=”” alt=”” src=”http://www.mineralmuseum.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/wpid-3ff3fa9a8370288df89ab51eee723af5.jpg” IMG class=hide alt=”Holy See accepts resignation of ‘gold-plated’ Limburg bishop” src=”http://www.mineralmuseum.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/wpid-3ff3fa9a8370288df89ab51eee723af5.jpg” (ANSA) – Vatican City, March 26 – The Holy See on Wednesday announced it had accepted the resignation of German Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst from the Limburg diocese. Dubbed the ‘gold-plated bishop’ for allegedly spending 31 million euros to remodel his residence next to the cathedral, Tebartz-van Elst was suspended by the Vatican in October, when he tendered his resignation. The Vatican said he is to be assigned a new post. According to some reports, the so-called ‘bishop of bling’ outfitted his residence with a $20,000 bathtub, $500,000 built-in closets and a $35,000 conference table. Tebartz-van Elst is also in hot water concerning a lawsuit against German newsmagazine Der Spiegel over an earlier article about his spending and has also been accused of lying in a separate matter. PLast September, a prosecutor in Frankfurt, which falls within the diocese of Limburg, requested the bishop’s indictment for making false statements over an airline claim./PPThe allegations of overspending have clashed dramatically with Pope Francis’s simple and frugal lifestyle./PPThe pope continues to live at Saint Martha’s House, the Vatican guesthouse with priests from around the world, eating a communal breakfast./PPHe has said he would feel “lonely” in the lavish papal apartments used by his predecessors./PPhttp://popefrancisnewsapp.com/ /PIMG id=mediaViewer title=”” alt=”” src=”http://www.mineralmuseum.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/wpid-trasp274.gif”ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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