Bad Bishop of Limburg

When the head of the world’s richest corporation suspends one of it’s executives for extravagance and an overly lavish lifestyle – I stand up and take notice. When that CEO is the pope, executive the Bishop of Limburg – you have my full attention. This is worth pondering; the Catholic church isn’t an institution known for airing their dirty laundry.

So what does it take for the Vatican to draw the line? At what point does the pope stand at attention and declare – “oh hell no”? It appears the Bishop of Limburg knows the answer to those questions – Bishop Tebartz-van Elst probably shouldn’t have spent $42 million renovating his official residence. Even if he bathed in holy water, a bath costing $20,000 is hard to explain. Travelling on a first class ticket to visit the poor in India is a no brainer. Perhaps his nickname – the “Bishop of bling” sealed the deal. Lies to the court under oath about spending, certainly didn’t further his cause.

What does the church do with a suspended Bishop? If this were a sexual abuse scandal, he might be hustled off to another diocese or “retired” to a sleepy little corner of the world. The Bishop of Bling is only 53 years old – retirement not much of an option. Pope Francis has a true papal quandary to resolve; abusive priests are old news – public admission of flagrant, self serving excess, poses an entirely new set of considerations. The outcome should prove interesting.

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9 thoughts on “Bad Bishop of Limburg

    • Take Hermann Goering away from the Nazi party and he was a really likeable guy. Francis still heads an organization that has been killing, abusing and degrading human beings a lot longer than it hasn’t.

  1. He’s adorable, and what a snappy dresser ! Is he single? I went to Catholic school and the old senile priest who taught catechism took all the money from the Sunday donations and bought a huge pizza oven. The idea was the nuns who taught at stalag St. Peter and Paul’s would make, sell and deliver pizzas to make money for the church, school and convent. This was all to be done from the church garage. He “retired” shortly after.

  2. I don’t know. It’s easy to point fingers at ‘The Church’ but aren’t there abusers in every line of work and pretty much most organizations? The difference is in how much capital is there to be accessed.

    I’m liking Francis better the more I hear of him, but whatever The Catholic Church might be, the Bishop of Bling seems to me to be pretty much the same as the Rogue Cop, or the Euthanizing Nurse, or the Pedophile Teacher. A Bad Apple.

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