Pope Francis has suspended a German bishop caught in a furor at home over a $42 million renovation to his residence that features lavish fixtures, artwork and a reported $20,000 bathtub.
Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, derided here in newspapers as "Bishop of Bling," waited eight days in Rome before being granted an audience Monday with Francis.
Francis has been extolling the virtues of humility and modesty among the clergy since being named pope. He put Tebartz-van Elst on leave pending an audit into the diocese's expenditures, the Vatican said Wednesday.
German media, citing official documents, said the residence in the small city in of Limburg in western Germany has a conference table that cost $34,000 and a private chapel that cost $4 million. The residence includes offices, private apartments, living quarters for nuns and a museum.