Is This a First? Bishop of Bling is Suspended.

Deacon Greg has the story.

The Vatican has suspended Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the so-called “Bishop of Bling.” This action is less than the calls from at least some quarters in the German public to dismiss the bishop, and it is more than the nothing which many people expected.

Rather than make a public statement about the bishop’s guilt or innocence, the Vatican confined itself to saying simply that “A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties.”

From what I’ve read, that is an accurate assessment of the situation.

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  • DeaconsBench

    It’s rare, but it does happen. Here’s a CNS story from a few years ago about a bishop who was suspended because he wanted to run for public office:

    Google around and you may find other examples.

    • hamiltonr

      Thanks Deacon. I knew if anyone had the information, it would be you!

      • DeaconsBench

        Meanwhile, a reader has pointed out that he’s not actually “suspended,” which is a canonical penalty. He’s just been given a “leave of absence.”

        • hamiltonr

          Thanks again Deacon. I don’t know what is a canonical penalty and what’s not. It does sound like a forced leave of absence, although I would guess that the bishop might welcome it just to get out of line of fire for a while, if nothing else.

  • FW Ken

    Actually, Papa Benedict was a bishop-firing machine:

  • pagansister

    GOOD! It appears he got a little carried away in his “lifestyle”.