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Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Kiss My Bling

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The Bishop of Limburg, Germany, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, 53, spent money like a drunken Congressman  before his next election. Named the “Bishop of Bling” by the German media, Bishop Elst was suspended this week by the Vatican for monetary excesses and abuses.

Pope Francis, known for his frugality and lack of pretension, was taken aback when he learned Elst spent $42-million US dollars on the renovation of his official residence and related compound buildings. The original estimate was about $7-million.

Germans citizens must pay a tax to the Church and were outraged by the excessive costs and over-the-top luxuries.  Hundreds quit the diocese and complained to Rome.  They were already disgusted when they learned Elst took a first-class flight to India to visit the poor – and then lied about it to the press.

When the Bishop was called back to Rome, he was forced to fly Economy Class and then stayed in a “very modest”  hotel for a week before meeting with the Pope.

Bishop Bling's estate.