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2013-10-17

The president of Germanys bishops conference arrived in Rome to meet with Pope Francis. Hes expected to address a growing scandal involving a German bishop accused of misusing Church funds to build a 40 million dollar home for himself.     

Msgr. Robert Zollistch said he could not take a position regarding Limburg Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst. The bishop faces calls to resign from the faithful his diocese, located in central Germany, near Frankfut. 

Msgr. Zollistch said his conference had appointed a commission to look into the costs of the housing project. And that they should be given time to complete their work in an objective manner. 

The bishop at the center of the controversy also arrived in Rome to meet with Vatican officials. His diocese announced that he will let Pope Francis decide his future. 


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