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Vatican: No Church Proceedings against German 'bling Bishop'

Vatican: No Church Proceedings against German 'bling Bishop'

Wednesday, 09 September 2015 08:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Limburg diocese says the Vatican won't open church law proceedings or examine possible compensation claims against its former bishop, removed by Pope Francis amid a scandal over his 31 million-euro ($35-million) new residence.

The diocese said earlier this year that it had raised the issue with the Vatican, though it didn't file any formal complaint against Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst. It said Wednesday that the head of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, informed the diocese's interim administrator of the decision during a meeting in Rome.

Francis permanently removed Tebartz-van Elst from Limburg last year, finding that he could no longer exercise his ministry there.

That followed a controversy centering on the spiraling cost for the construction of a luxurious new bishop's residence complex and related renovations.

This story has been corrected to fix time element to Wednesday, not Thursday.

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Germany's Limburg diocese says the Vatican won't open church law proceedings or examine possible compensation claims against its former bishop, removed by Pope Francis amid a scandal over his 31 million-euro ($35-million) new residence.The diocese said earlier this year...
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