Vatican suspends German bishop accused of misusing Church funds on official home
October 23, 2013 (Romereports.com) TheVatican announced that it was temporarily suspending the German bishop accused of misusing Church funds to renovate his official home in the Diocese of Limburg. ;
In a statement, the Vatican said Pope Francis had been fully informed on the subject, and that before taking any definitive action, they would wait on the results of a commission appointed to investigate the issue. ;
That group will look into the estimated $42 million in expenses Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Els spent on renovating his episcopal home and pastoral center. Initially, the diocese had only approved $6.8 million. ;
The Vatican appointed the Limburg's vicar general to lead the diocese, while the commission concludes its investigation and a final decision is made.