Pope Francis temporarily expelled a German prelate known as the “luxury bishop” and the “bishop of bling” Wednesday after claims surfaced that the prelate spent 31 million euros ($42 million) of the Church’s money on a new residence complex.
The Vatican didn’t say how long Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst would spend away from the diocese of Limburg and gave no information on where he would go or what he would do. It said his fate would ultimately be decided by the outcome of a church commission investigation into the expenditures, according to The Associated Press.
It said Limburg’s vicar general, the Rev. Wolfgang Roesch, who had been due to take up his duties on Jan. 1, would start immediately and would run the diocese during Tebartz-van Elst’s absence.