October 23rd, 2013
02:10 PM ET

Vatican suspends German bishop amid spending investigation

By the CNN Belief Blog Editors
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(CNN) - The Vatican said Wednesday it has suspended a German bishop who has come under fire for his extravagant lifestyle.

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-Van Elst is under investigation for his spending after his residence in Limburg, Germany, was renovated for $42 million.

The Vatican says Tebartz-Van Elst cannot carry out his ministry as long as the investigation in ongoing, and he's been ordered to stay outside his diocese.

Coined the "Bling Bishop," Tebartz-Van Elst, who is known as theologically conservative, has denied any wrongdoing, saying the cost overruns on the renovation are legitimate because surrounding structures had to be protected, including the old city wall.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Blasphemer

    How many dunums of Palestinian land have the Israelis stolen today?

    October 24, 2013 at 4:42 am |
    • Reality # 2

      Some information:

      Israel- Its formation was approved by the UN in 1948. It should honor the original UN agreement and live within the described borders. Considering the hate generated by passages in the Koran and OT, erecting dividing walls between Muslims and Jews was a great idea. UN forces should control these walls.

      And Jerusalem should be made into an international city under the control and protection of the UN.

      And historically, the land in the area was first owned by groups like the Hitti-tes. Send a check for $199 and DNA swab to the National Genographic Project and they can probably tell you whether you own land in Palestine.

      October 24, 2013 at 8:48 am |
      • Alias

        So how did so many people get 'displaced' when the jews moved in?

        October 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Or how many American Indians on both continents got displaced when the Europeans moved in?

          October 25, 2013 at 7:15 am |
  2. children of Israel

    St John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. *Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. *1st John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us. *Genesis 27:41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob. *1st John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: (St John 8:44) *Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated *Genesis 25:28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

    October 24, 2013 at 2:42 am |
    • Reality # 2

      Calling all bible "thum-pers":

      John's Gospel is of questionable historic value.

      To wit:

      From Professor Bruce Chilton in his book, Rabbi Jesus,

      "Conventionally, scholarship has accorded priority to the first three gospels in historical work on Jesus, putting progressively less credence in works of late date. John's Gospel for example is routinely dismissed as a source......

      From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_John#Authorship

      "Since "the higher criticism" of the 19th century, some historians have largely rejected the gospel of John as a reliable source of information about the historical Jesus.[3][4] "[M]ost commentators regard the work as anonymous,"[5] and date it to 90-100."

      "The authorship has been disputed since at least the second century, with mainstream Christianity believing that the author is John the Apostle, son of Zebedee. Modern experts usually consider the author to be an unknown non-eyewitness, though many apologetic Christian scholars still hold to the conservative Johannine view that ascribes authorship to John the Apostle."

      And from Professor Gerd Ludemann, in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 416,

      "Anyone looking for the historical Jesus will not find him in the Gospel of John. "

      See also http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/john.html

      October 24, 2013 at 7:45 am |
  3. Neo Agnostic

    Prayer changes nothing.

    October 24, 2013 at 2:31 am |
    • Blasphemer

      I am still praying for a shapely dancing girl to fall on my lap but still no luck.

      October 24, 2013 at 4:43 am |
      • saggyroy

        The way it works is a shapely dancing girl will fall out of a 12 story building, crushing your lap. You will save her life, but end up in a wheel chair for the rest of your life.

        October 24, 2013 at 6:05 am |
  4. children of Israel

    Genesis 18:23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? *Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. *Psalm 106:31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.

    October 24, 2013 at 1:39 am |
  5. Bootyfunk

    child molestation allowed
    taking church money not?

    October 24, 2013 at 1:21 am |
    • Science

      Hey Bootyfunk

      And there is a new case in Minnesota concerning St. Thomas University.

      October 24, 2013 at 6:51 am |
    • Charm Quark

      If you were an altar boy in the sp00ky looking Bishop's diocese and were told he wanted to see you would you obey or run like h#ll away?

      October 24, 2013 at 7:42 am |
  6. children of Israel

    What happened to all the libraries, reading and writing is fundamental. Get yourself an encyclopedia, that's called a book like the Webster's dictionary. Because the founder of Wikipeda aka wiki leaks is banned from the good ole U.S.A

    October 24, 2013 at 1:05 am |
  7. children of Israel

    What happen to all the libraries, reading and writing is fundamental. Get yourself an encyclopedia, that's called a book like the Webster's dictionary. Because the founder of Wikipeda aka wiki leaks is banned from the good ole U.S.A

    October 24, 2013 at 1:04 am |
  8. Lamb of Dog

    God gave him all that money for a reason. And he was stimulating the economy.

    October 24, 2013 at 1:03 am |
  9. children of Israel

    Do you worship the golden graven blue eyed blond image of the beast called white Jesus? *St John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time; (1st John 4:3)

    October 24, 2013 at 12:39 am |
    • G to the T

      Wow... your theology certainly is... interesting...

      October 24, 2013 at 7:11 am |
  10. children of Israel

    Jezebel will not repent (Revelation 2:20-24) She has book out for sale, not knowing *Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at: but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

    October 24, 2013 at 12:18 am |
  11. children of Israel

    What is an astrologer or a stargazer? What makes the monthly prognosticators stand up? The world does not believe in St Luke 24:44

    October 24, 2013 at 12:06 am |
  12. bananas

    how sad some can't see god's hand in nature and in our universe. i thank god i am not a fool. can u imagine being convinced all of life just is w/o the least bit of assurance that somehow, somewhere, something have put us here

    October 23, 2013 at 11:56 pm |
  13. children of Israel

    The God of Israel is Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. *Revelation 19:13 and his name is called The Word of God. *Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. *Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

    October 23, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
  14. children of Israel

    Who does the Roman catholic church pray to? Why is that a secret. Is it not the graven golden blue eyed image of the beast called white Jesus (Daniel 3:12)

    October 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
  15. I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

    Yet pederasts run free.

    This guy is instantly my favorite clergyman ever.

    October 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
  16. children of Israel

    He is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. These are the dark races in the wide world. And the most high God chose the God of Israel. Were are the rest of the nations at? (Isaiah 40:17)

    October 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      Isaiah, a "profit" of the OT. Today, simply another fortune teller.

      October 23, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
  17. John

    I think this guy wants to be in some feature films involving bishops.

    October 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
  18. children of Israel

    Is the world not transforming itself into Satan's world? Do you believe in miracles or his daily bread? (St John 6:26) If you know God is he in the Bible, who do you think is him in these biblical scriptures? (Isaiah 43:7-8) *Revelation 16:14*

    October 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      "Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation "the insanest of all books".[30] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he "considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." [31]

      Martin Luther once "found it an offensive piece of work" and John Calvin "had grave doubts about its value."[32]

      October 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
  19. Rad Brad

    Doesn't get much better than this. Read it and weep haters.

    October 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
  20. children of Israel

    Does Catholic church call virgin Mary an angel? There is only one gospel, the word of God and he is the word of the Lord (Saint Mark 12:29)

    October 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
    • Jeff G. R.

      No, the Catholic Church does not call Mary an angel.any more stupid questions?

      October 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      As with over 70% of the NT passages, Mark 12:29 is historically nil. Might want to read some books on the historical Jesus.

      October 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
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