Brief: Pope removes over-indulgent archbishop
Published: Friday, November 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, November 1, 2013 18:11
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expelled German Archbishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, from his diocese on Wednesday Oct. 23.
The Vatican said the bishop was leaving pending the outcome of a church inquiry into his $43 million new residence complex after a German church investigation into the expenditures and his role in the affair.
The pope made it clear he expects his bishops to live simply, setting as an example his own humble lifestyle.
The Rev. Wolfgang Roesch will instead will run the diocese during Tebartz-van Elst’s absence, the Vatican said.