Share “Pope replaces German 'bling bishop' after...”

Pope replaces German 'bling bishop' after inquiry

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2014 at 7:48 am •  Published: March 26, 2014
Advertisement

The Vatican said Monsignor Manfred Grothe, currently an auxiliary bishop in Paderborn, would take over but that Tebartz-van Elst would get a new job "at the opportune time."

It added that the pope hoped that the faithful of Limburg would accept the decision with "docility and willingness to rediscover a climate of charity and reconciliation."

In Berlin, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the head of the German Bishops' Conference, told reporters he would do whatever he could to help the Limburg dioceses move on.

"For that we will need reconciliation, new trust and the power of prayer," he said.

Francis has called on his priests and bishops to be models of sobriety in a church that "is poor and is for the poor."

___

Follow Nicole Winfield at www.twitter.com/nwinfield