Right, lets sort out the boy buggering next

A ratbag bishop has been given the arse for pissing church money up against a wall by building expensive and elaborate apartments.

The Vatican has suspended a scandal-tainted German Catholic cleric dubbed the “bling bishop” for his luxury lifestyle.

“The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst,” the Vatican said in a statement.

“The Holy Father has been continuously and objectively informed of the situation,” it said. 

“A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties.”

It did not specify how long the bishop would have to stay away, but added that this would depend on an analysis of the finances of his Limburg diocese and the responsibilities for its high costs.

The bishop flew to Rome last week with low-cost airline Ryanair to explain himself to Pope Francis, following accusations he took a business-class ticket on a trip to India and squandered money.

His private quarters in a new diocesan building are reported to have cost 2.9 million euros ($4.1 million) and included a 63-square-metre dining room and a 15,000 euro bathtub, using the revenue from a religious tax in Germany.


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