Bishop in Trouble for $42M House

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst dubbed 'Luxury Bishop'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2013 5:15 PM CDT
The Aug. 29, 2013 file photo show the Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst blessing a new Kindergarden in Frankfurt, Germany.   (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

(Newser) – A German bishop has been called to the principal's office after his exorbitant spending. Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst—or the "Luxury Bishop" as the BBC calls him—is under fire for spending $42 million on his house and then lying about it. Some have called for him to resign. Now he's at the Vatican (where he reportedly flew via "budget airline") to meet with Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, and possibly even Pope Francis, who has urged Church leaders to live modestly.

"The bishop has made it clear that any decision about his service as a bishop lies in the hands of the Holy Father (Pope Francis)," says a statement from the diocese. "The bishop is saddened by the escalation of the current discussion. He sees and regrets that many believers are suffering under the current situation." The bishop is also accused of flying business class on a trip to visit poor children in India. (Read more Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst stories.)

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