Skip to comments.How the 'Bishop of Bling' spent $43 million renovating this house (Germany)
Posted on 05/09/2014 5:49:49 PM PDT by dennisw
On Wednesday, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a longtime German cleric who today is known as the Bishop of Bling. Franciss rationale: Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who looks like the pastoral theorist he is, had spent a mind-boggling $43 million on home renovations at his palatial pad in Limburg, Germany.
The revelation, delivered in a 108-page report, created a big time optics problem for Pope Francis who has tried to infuse the Catholic Church with humility. Francis who met with President Barack Obama on Thursday to discuss the poor, the marginalized and growing inequality drives a Ford Focus. He also resides in a Vatican guesthouse, and likes to be called the Bishop of Rome, the most modest of his many titles.
Thursday, the Vatican still hummed with gossip. Tebartz-van Elst issued a statement in which he tried to shift blame to his top deputy, Vicar General Franz Kaspar, who he claims failed to oversee his spending habits.
Tebartz-van Elst said hes not qualified to understand that building things can at times cost money. As I am not an authority in the area of church management, as my qualification is in pastoral theory, I have to relinquish responsibility to Kaspar, who was the only person with an overarching view of the seats assets.
He claimed, the Local reports, that the lavish expenses were because he had witnessed other construction go wrong. So, he felt he needed to observe the quality and durability of [this] entire project.
In the time since this revelation, a lot of questions have surfaced. The diocese has announced the cleric will get a new job at the opportune time, but what will that job entail?
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No one was keeping up with 43 million dollars, it just disappeared into his remodel?
It was for the poor,,
Isn’t this par for the course with Protestant Mega-Churches?
He hired Union workers.
Yea, yea ....
That should make his actions and spending "normal" ....
After all, if everybody is doing it, well then .....
Maybe he can just say “The Muslims do it too”.
I think it was the whole sprawling complex and not just his house wasn’t it?
Just redistributing the wealth....even the pope recommends it