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Pope suspends 'Bishop of Bling' for lavish spending of Church funds

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst Photo: Eurovision

Pope Francis has suspended a controversial German bishop for using Church money to fund his lavish lifestyle.

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Limburg in Germany, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been accused of buying first class flights and spending £12,000 on a bath for his home.

Frugal Pope Francis, who has so far been using his premiership to preach the virtue of modesty and a return to core Christian values of peace, charity and justice, was not impressed and has suspended the Bishop, as Neil Connery reports.

A Vatican spokesman said:

The Holy Father has been continuously and objectively informed of the situation. A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties.

The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst.