Posts Tagged ‘Limburg’

No canonical proceedings against ‘bishop of bling’

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Germany’s Limburg diocese says the Vatican won’t open church law proceedings or examine possible compensation claims against “the bishop of bling”. The former bishop was removed by Pope Francis amid a scandal over his 31 million-euro ($35-million) new residence. The diocese said earlier this year that it had raised the issue with the Vatican, though Read more

Bishop ousted by Pope Francis dies, another off hook

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

A bishop ousted from a diocese in Paraguay by Pope Francis has died in Argentina from complications related to diabetes. Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, 69, resigned as the ordinary of Ciudad del Este diocese last September, but the Holy See never specified why. The resignation came after an apostolic visitation of the diocese arranged by Read more

Diocese wants money from Bishop of Bling

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

A German diocese wants to recover $NZ$6.5million from its former bishop, dubbed the Bishop of Bling. Limburg diocese wants its former bishop, Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, held responsible for the losses incurred during a luxury makeover of his residence and office. The makeover cost $NZ52 million. An uproar ensued in 2013 when the details were Read more

Bishop of Bling gets new job with pontifical council

Friday, February 13th, 2015

A new Church position has been found for the so-called Bishop of Bling from Germany Pope Francis will reportedly appoint Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst to a new position with the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation. There has been no official confirmation of the appointment, but it appears Bishop Tebartz-van Elst will Read more

German bishop in trouble over luxurious residence

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

A German Catholic bishop under fire for huge cost overruns on a luxurious residence and alleged lying under oath has flown to Rome to meet Vatican officials and possibly Pope Francis to decide if he can stay in office. Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg has caused a crisis in the German church for building Read more

Vatican looks into German “luxury bishop” charges

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

The Vatican launched a rare review of a German Catholic diocese on Monday following accusations its bishop spent lavishly on a new residence, putting him out of step with the new “church of the poor” promoted by Pope Francis. The inquiry is officially called a “fraternal visit” to Limburg diocese by Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, the Read more