Pope Francis temporarily suspends German ‘luxury’ bishop

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The pope has suspended the bishop of Limburg for the immediate future. The German cleric was temporarily relieved of his post in the wake of a scandal involving a 31-million-euro ($42 million) renovation project.

Pope Francis announced he would remove Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst from his position for the time being, according to a Vatican statement on Wednesday. The decision came two days after the pontiff held a private audience with Tebartz-van Elst.

The pontiff had chosen to suspend Tebartz-van Elst because he "could not [carry out his duties] at the current time," given the controversy surrounding his costly renovation project, the Vatican statement said.

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30 COMMENTS

  1. This is like a Father Ted scenario. Its a new Catholic smokescreen game to distract attention from all the pandemonium they are still waging in places like Africa and Latin America. All the bishops have to see who can trouser the most money for outrageous schemes right under the noses of incredulous catlicks before they get caught. The loser has to kick Ratzinger up the arse.

    • In reply to #5 by NearlyNakedApe:

      In reply to #1 by This Is Not A Meme:

      Whoa… someone’s outta bubblegum.

      LOL!! Now comes the real test. Will Francis put his money where his mouth is and excommunicate this crook?

      No, no. Just relocate. To somewhere squalid. A place where he’d need to spend a fair bit just to bring in a water supply (and share it with the locals). No more billion dollar bathtubs.

      • In reply to #6 by OHooligan:

        No, no. Just relocate. To somewhere squalid. A place where he’d need to spend a fair bit just to bring in a water supply (and share it with the locals). No more billion dollar bathtubs.

        Perhaps the traditional hair-shirt and living in an unheated cave could induce pious humility. For some it brought fame!!!

        George Ferzoco of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Bristol University in England, is an expert on Celestine V — or Pietro del Morrone, as Celestine was known before becoming pope.

        During his life as a hermit, Pietro slept on bare rock in a cave on a mountainside, Ferzoco says.

        Pietro also practiced mortification of the flesh — the belief that pain distracts the mind away from worldly temptations and toward God. He wore a horsehair shirt and an iron girdle.

        “The combination of the hair shirt and the iron chains, which he would wear around his skin, these would have cut very deeply into his skin and caused profuse regular bleeding,” Ferzoco says.

        Pietro’s fame spread. He attracted many followers and set up his own branch of the Benedictine order.

        Then, in 1292, Pope Nicholas IV died. For the next two years, the church’s endlessly scheming cardinals were deadlocked over a successor.

        They had heard about 84-year-old Pietro, or Peter, as some call him. He was old, and they thought he would be easy to manipulate. So they set off on horseback to his mountain cave to tell him that he was the new pope.
        http://www.npr.org/2013/02/26/172890937/the-hermit-pope-who-set-the-precedent-for-benedict-xvi

    • In reply to #5 by NearlyNakedApe:

      In reply to #1 by This Is Not A Meme:

      Whoa… someone’s outta bubblegum.

      LOL!! Now comes the real test. Will Francis put his money where his mouth is and excommunicate this crook?

      It’s not an excommunicational offence.

  2. Wish he’d swoop down as fast on people causing pain and suffering to women because of the church’s stance on abortion…yep, I understand how difficult that would be but a person can hope….

    • In reply to #8 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

      Wish he’d swoop down as fast on people causing pain and suffering to women because of the church’s stance on abortion…yep, I understand how difficult that would be but a person can hope….

      and contraception and AIDS and homosexuality…

      the list is long.

  3. I know with all the horrors the RCC is involved in and the sheer hypocrisy highlighted by the above article I shouldn’t be saying this, but I can’t help admiring the way they put an outfit together. Cerise, black and gold – so cool.

    If only they showed the same degree of thought and care to humanity.

    • In reply to #11 by Nomadwarriormonk:

      Brazil just spent 50 million dollars to prepare for the pope’s visit, so it smells a bit hypocritical to me…..

      And how much did 3 million visitors put back into the Brazilian economy ?

      Ignoring the money they spent to get there, if they all spent say $100 whilst they were there at the average Brazilian VAT rate of 20% the equals…………………………………………..£60m.

    • In reply to #11 by Nomadwarriormonk:

      Brazil just spent 50 million dollars to prepare for the pope’s visit, so it smells a bit hypocritical to me…..

      So $50m spread among millions of deluded marks or $42m spent on the conman is confusing how? Brazil got a bargain.

  4. What good will this do? The money has already been spent. Even if the bishop doesn’t benefit from living in his new residence, his successor will.

    What should have happened was that the expenditure should have had to be approved by someone else. That’s how government agencies and private companies work. The difference being, of course, that those organisations are accountable to elected officials, voters and/or shareholders. The Catholic Church isn’t accountable to anyone.

    Theoretically at least, the idea that a god is watching every action a believer takes, is supposed to ensure that believers live good lives and act in line with religious dogma. It may well have this effect on the rank and file believers at the bottom of the pyramid selling scheme, although it is more likely to make them feel inadequate and guilty for feeling and doing things contrary to dogma; but for those further up the pyramid, to and through whom all the money flows, dogma (and the god that supposedly dictates it) is only a mechanism for screwing money from people who are already poor

    The shepherd can take wool from the sheep repeatedly, and in as much quantity as he wishes, but if he takes too much or too often even the sheep can notice they get almost nothing from the relationship. In this case, he has been caught doing just that, and been just too blatant in taking advantage of the gullibility of the sheep

    The Pope’s actions are nothing more than a public relations measure for someone who has been caught endangering the whole Ponzi system the RCC depends on for its existence. The Bishop may get a rap on the knuckles for this, he may even be moved to another position, but its unlikely in the extreme that he will be dismissed (or charged with embezzlement, which would be his fate if he worked for a private company or government agency) , soon the smoke and mirrors will be back in place to placate the flock and the shearing will be able to start all over again

  5. I’m still trying to work out if he’s been suspended for

    a) Being disgustingly rich

    b) Being conspicuously disgustingly rich

    c) Not sharing it with Rome

    Still, he should count himself lucky that he didn’t get the boot, like the last heartless German bastard who became an embarrassment.

  6. He should not suspend him. He should relocate him to a shanty town somewhere for the remainder of his service, that is until he dies. We would then see how long his ‘humble calling’ of which they boast so much would help him last in the service of the poor. He would be out of there faster than you could run a bath, hypocrite that he is.

  7. Tax paid by “registered parishioners”. I thought you had to actively register and pay for the privilege NOT to pay the tax in Germany so that would mean the tax is actually paid by non registered parishioners.

    Maybe they SHOULD have to register to pay the tax, it would be interesting to see how many did so.

    • In reply to #22 by Aber ration:

      Tax paid by “registered parishioners”.

      I think they are registered at baptism. I can’t find a reference for this, but while I was looking at the Wiki page on church tax I was amazed at what they get away with.

      (All italics are mine)

      Germany – If, however, religious communities choose to collect church tax themselves, they may demand that the tax authorities reveal taxation data of their members

      Iceland – Taxpayers in Iceland are obligated to pay a congregation tax

      Italy – Taxpayers in Italy are obligated to pay the so-called eight per thousand tax

      And my favourite

      Austria – Church tax is compulsory for Catholics in Austria, with a rate of 1.1%. This tax was introduced by Hitler.

  8. In reply to #9 by Lancshoop:

    In reply to #5 by NearlyNakedApe:

    In reply to #1 by This Is Not A Meme:

    Whoa… someone’s outta bubblegum.

    LOL!! Now comes the real test. Will Francis put his money where his mouth is and excommunicate this crook?

    It’s not an excommunicational offence.

    Like child abuse then?

    • In reply to #23 by Aber ration:

      In reply to #9 by Lancshoop:

      In reply to #5 by NearlyNakedApe:

      In reply to #1 by This Is Not A Meme:

      >

      Whoa… someone’s outta bubblegum.

      LOL!! Now comes the real test. Will Francis put his money where his mouth is and excommunicate this crook?

      It’s not an excommunicational offence.

      Like child a…

      Looking at what one can be excommunicated for then you’re probably right.

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