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Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst is accused of spending about $42 million renovating his residence.
The Vatican said Wednesday that it had suspended a German bishop known for his excessive spending.
Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, 53, also known as the "bishop of bling," is accused of spending about $42 million renovating his residence.
How does a renovation on a relatively small home (pictured right) incur such costs?
Well, when you put in a $20,000 bathtub or $34,000 conference table, it begins to add up quickly.
Not to mention a private chapel that reportedly cost $4 million.
Many people in Germany pay a church tax to the state, which raised over $6 billion last year. Protests around the bishop's residence calling for his resignation began in earnest when the news broke.
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The bishop's suspension comes just two days after he met with Pope Francis to discuss the scandal.
He apparently flew to Rome on Ryanair, a discount airline.
"A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties", a Vatican statement said.
A Church commission has been established to rule on the matter but it is unclear when the decision will be made.
Pope Francis has made it a priority for church representatives to live more humble lifestyles. He himself moved into a small apartment following his appointment rather than the grandiose papal apartment.
The Vatican said: "Pope Francis's decision offers the chance of a first step toward a new beginning in the Limburg diocese, because the situation has become an increasing burden for the faithful there, and in all of Germany, over recent weeks."