'Bishop of Bling' Steps Down
Pope Francis accepts Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst's resignation
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 26, 2014 9:51 AM CDT
In this Sept. 24, 2013 file picture Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, right, Bishop of Limburg, Germany, attends a mass during a meeting of German bishops in Fulda, Germany.   (AP Photo/dpa,Arne Dedert,File)

(Newser) – A German bishop temporarily expelled last year by Pope Francis has now left his post for good. The pope has accepted the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, the Vatican says. Tebartz-van Elst had reportedly spent some $43 million on renovating church buildings, including his own residence, the New York Times notes. He earned the nickname "bishop of bling," per NPR—a particular problem at a time when the pope has called on clergy to live more simply, Reuters reports. Tebartz-van Elst initially offered his resignation in October amid frustration in his diocese.

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iq145
Mar 26, 2014 11:51 PM CDT
But does this cut off his supply of coke and boys? http://www.newser.com/story/184195/cocaine-filled-condoms-busted-en-route-to-vatican.html
Observer
Mar 26, 2014 10:26 PM CDT
Asshole.
Chicagoist
Mar 26, 2014 2:57 PM CDT
I guess J-Lo won't be singing at his Birthday Bash...