BERLIN — Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the bishop of Limburg, whose extravagant spending on renovations for his personal residence angered his congregation and ran afoul of the pontiff’s message of humility and modesty for the Roman Catholic Church.
The Holy See accepted the German bishop’s offer to resign “given that it has come to a situation in the Limburg diocese that prevents Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst from fruitfully carrying out his duties,” the Vatican said in a statement on Wednesday.
German news reports said that Bishop Tebartz-van Elst, 54, had poured more than 31 million euros, or about $43 million, into the renovation of his residence and other church buildings, including €15,000 on a bathtub and an expensive reopening of the roof of his personal chapel to allow for the suspension of a cross.
With this single act Pope Francis has proven himself to be just another in a long line of hustlers: Rome is more worried about money than priests sexually abusing/molesting/raping children, all the while the bishops turning a blind eye to it. A German bishop is relieved of his post for rifling through the church coffers while bishop Finn, convicted felon, is left free to oversee – or more importantly…not oversee – the seemingly continuous sexual predators within his parish.
You know what? Fuck the catholic church. I was right the first time, fuck ’em all. Shun all catholics everywhere. It is preposterous that the worldwide membership doesn’t demand their leaders’ heads.
Fuck ’em all.