'Bling Bishop' moves into luxury Bavarian flat
Germany’s bling bishop, who blew €31 million on renovating his headquarters, has been given a luxury apartment in an upmarket area of Regensburg after being forced to resign from his post.
Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst earned his name overseeing a lavish renovation project at his diocese in central Germany. Costs included €213,000 spent on a fish tank, €20,000 on light switches and €350,000 on wardrobes.
He was suspended by Pope Francis in October last year, after details of the spending emerged and he resigned in March.
In June, his diocese said he would move to Regensburg, Bavaria, but according to Welt am Sonntag, the disgraced bishop will not exactly be slumming it.
The 54-year-old is moving into the most upmarket area of the city into a 180m2 apartment, which will be ready for him in four weeks time.
His brother reportedly signed the tenancy agreement on the lease. The newly renovated apartment in Regensburg’s old town has two balconies and a cathedral view.
It is not yet clear what role he will play at the Regensburg diocese. In June, Bishop of Regensburg Rudolf Voderholzer assured Tebartz-van-Elst of a “fraternal welcome and hospitality”.