Pope Francis suspends ‘bishop of bling’ who spent €31m renovating a property

English: Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, Bishop ...

English: Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, Bishop of Limburg during the “Kreuzfest” 2008 in Geisenheim/ Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Interesting counterpoint to yesterday’s headline.  Two devout Seventh Day adventists objecting to the use of technology which they believed was contrary to their faith compared to the Bishop of Limburg who felt it was ok to spend €30 million on house renovations – presumably he saw no inconsistency with his faith in such spending.



The Bishop of Bling

The Bishop of Limburg,
the bishop of bling
has been summoned to Rome,
on the first plane,
called to explain
how he’s spent so much money
on his new home.
Fifteen thousand on a new bath,
he’s having a laugh.
Three hundred thousand just to walk in
….. to his wardrobe.
I call it a sin
but that’s what I’m told.
It must be totally inlaid with gold
or maybe antique, just very old.

Yes, Franz Peter Tebartz van Elst
is quite something else.
Thirty million he’s spent,
give or take a sou or a cent,
renovating his house, the louse.
Thirty million on property.
Has he not heard of poverty?
Francis of Assisi
lived in simplicity,
propounding the ‘Church of the Poor’.
A humble law but I’m sure that
Franz Peter Tebartz van Elst
was thinking of quite something else.
He didn’t care tuppence,
now he’s got his comeuppance,
suspended by papal decree.
Let’s hope he repents.
Let’s pray he sees sense
and makes recompense
by devoting his life as a missionary
and like St Francis
swearing an oath of poverty.

22nd October 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “Pope Francis suspends ‘bishop of bling’ who spent €31m renovating a property.”  Germany’s “Bling Bishop”, who sparked outrage after spending €15,000 of diocese money on a bathtub and €350,000 on walk-in wardrobes, has been suspended after falling foul of the famously frugal Francis I who was not impressed after hearing Tebartz-van Elst’s attempts to justify home improvements and renovations totalling €31m.  A Vatican spokesman said yesterday. “A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties.  “The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst.”  The bishop’s extravagant spending also caused protests locally. Germany’s 24 million registered Catholics make a compulsory contribution to the Church from their income tax. And some of them, angered by the diocese’s decadence, have already staged protest outside the bishop’s expansive residence. One church-goer told the German DW news agency: “I am praying for our Bishop to be healed of his egomania.”


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