Wednesday, March 26, 2014

...aber Limburg, Bishop?

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Germany's Bishop of Limburg, the notorious 'bling bishop' who squandered millions in church funds on an extravagant residence.
Limburg Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst and the high life;
... it was the details about the bishop's new residence in Limburg that got him into hot water. Instead of the initial 5.5 million euros, the price tag was rumored to be around 10 million. Several German media began to investigate and came to the conclusion that, in fact, the cost must be even higher than that.
Mass-circulation tabloid Bild revealed the pricelist of a number of special requests by the bishop: 15,000 euros for a freestanding bathtub, 100,000 for a chandelier advent wreath, 450,000 for art objects, 800,000 for a garden and 2.3 million for an atrium. , Tebartz-van Elst had only asked for a number of those things late in the construction process so that floors and ceilings that had already been finished had to be torn up again. By now, the cost was estimated to be around 31 million euros, though even this doesn't seem to be the final bill quite yet.
The final bill may not be paid in this world.

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