February 10, 2015

Ousted “Bling Bishop” makes soft landing in Vatican

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Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, Germany, leaves a meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization at the Vatican on Oct. 19, 2012. Photo by Alessia Giuliani, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, Germany, leaves a meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization at the Vatican on Oct. 19, 2012. Photo by Alessia Giuliani, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The German churchman christened the “Bishop of Bling” by the media for lavish expenditures he made on his residence and church offices has quietly been given a low-level post at the Vatican.