German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst dismissed by Pope Francis
The Vatican announced that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who had reportedly spent €31 million on a new residence and complex in his Limburg diocese in Germany.
Since the controversy broke Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst received strong backing from Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and also from Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the papal household and private secretary of the retired Bishop of Rome, Benedict XVI.
In his general audience, 26 March 2014, Pope Francis asked for prayers for bishops and priests. He went on to say that “A bishop who does not serve the community is not good. A priest who does not serve his community is preposterous.” (translation, praytellblog.com)
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