Diocese to claim £2.8m in damages from ‘bishop of bling’

30 July 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
The diocese of Limburg, whose former Bishop, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, resigned in 2013 after having spent more than £22 million on redecorating his official residence, plans to file a £2.8m claim for damages in a Vatican court against him. The Limburg diocese is now being administered by Manfred Grothe, formerly auxiliary Bishop of Paderborn, who was installed as Apostolic Administrator of Limburg by Pope Francis after Tebartz-van Elst’s resignation.“Administrator Manfred Grothe, who was installed by the Pope, has brought up our demands for financial compensation several times in the Vatican. It is now for the Pope to decide”, diocese spokesman Stephan Schnelle  told the Bild-Zeitung on 25 July.As transitional administrator, Grothe was obliged to pr

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