‘Luxury bishop’ ordered to leave German diocese – RTÉ News
The move, just short of a resignation, was taken against Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg.
It comes two days after he met the pope to discuss the scandal in the German church at a time when the pontiff is stressing the importance of humility and serving the poor.
The renovation costs went from an initial €5m to over €30m, with an additional €10m also likely due because of damage to surrounding streets and structures caused by the construction work.
The diocese will be administered in the bishop’s absence by a vicar.
The pope has called for a more austere Church and has told bishops not to live “like princes”.
German media, citing official documents, said the residence had been fitted with a free-standing bath that cost €15,000, a conference table that cost €25,000 and a private chapel that cost €2.9m.