Germany’s bishop of bling suspended, mansion to become soup kitchen
As if the Catholic Church doesn’t have enough PR problems, a bishop in Germany known as the “luxury bishop” has been suspended for his lavish spending habits. This comes in the wake of Pope Francis calling for bishops and priests to live more modest lifestyles and focus on service and aiding the less fortunate.
After this papal edict, it seems fitting that the confiscated mansion of Bishop of Bling, Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst may be turned into a refugee center and soup kitchen.
From The Independent:
Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst was formally suspended last week amid accusations that he had spent over €31m (£26.5m) on renovating his official residence in Limburg. The charges, which earned the 53-year-old bishop his nickname, provoked outrage among German Catholics.
Yesterday, church officials in Limburg said they were taking their own steps to admonish him.
“The residence is like an inherited sin which the bishop has left in his wake,” said a spokesman for the Caritas organisation for the homeless. “People who seek sanctuary with us could be given food in the residence,” he added.
Not since 2 Chainz have I seen such ostentatious neckwear. This is apparently what taking a vow to live a simple and frugal life looks like. I’m just glad something good is coming of all of this. Bonus: According to The Mirror, the soup kitchen is going to be in a super dope spread.
The residence had been fitted with a free-standing bath that cost 15,000 euros, a conference table that cost 25,000 euros and a private chapel for 2.9 million euros.
It’s suspected that the Bishop of Bling misused church funds in his renovations, so it’s great to know that the money will now be used for its intended purpose.