Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst earned the "bling" label in 2013 when aides revealed he had spent 31 million euros on a makeover of his residence and office.
Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst
One bishop reportedly shielded a priest accused of sexually molesting an 11-year-old boy, and the other spent $600,000 on renovations to his home and offices.
When news broke of Bishop Robert Finn's resignation, the primary question was: Did he step down on his own, or was he forced out?
At a press conference on Ash Wednesday, the Cologne archdiocese revealed assets of 3.35 billion euros ($3.82 billion) at the end of 2013.
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been given a new position in the Roman Curia working to help prepare catechism for national bishops' conferences.
Faith and Justice: If the Catholic church's legal procedures were followed in civil society, they would be condemned as contrary to due process.
A German cardinal warned that the number of Catholics leaving his country's church is "alarmingly high" and urged an end to "scandals and vexations" involving clergy.
NCR Today: Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone's Roman apartment will be about 10 times bigger than Pope Francis' home once renovations are completed.
Bye-bye, "Bishop Bling." The so-called "Francis effect" may be real, at least when it comes to clerical housing, and could be coming to a church near you.
Pope Francis met Friday in a closed-door meeting with the German churchman known as "Bishop Bling," Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, whose extravagant and expensive lifestyle cost him his job.
Tebartz-van Elst, 54, spent more than $40 million of church money renovating his home in Limburg, Germany. He became a worldwide phenomenon, in part because his lifestyle clashed so sharply with that of Francis, known for living in spartan and humble surroundings and for preaching restraint and austerity.