'Luxury Bishop' under fire for pricey palace
An aerial view shows Limburg cathedral and the ensemble of the bishop of Limburg's residence along the river Lahn in Germany.
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Glenmore Park, Australia
#1 Oct 14, 2013
The Bishop of Limburg may have been unfairly demonised over the cost of this residence. I understand that the residence was actually started by the bishops predecessor and that this is just one of many messes that His Excellency is fixing up from the previous bishops tenure.So I suggest that we all take a long breath and stop making accusations until the audit is completed and the facts are on the table.
Glenmore Park, Australia
#2 Oct 15, 2013
While the cost is clearly over the top, whoever designed this residence must be complemented on the architectural beauty and the way the building blends in with the historic cathedral and surrounding buildings. Remember that art and architecture are among the greatest gifts the church has given to mankind. If the current bunch of penny pinchers were in charge in the past, then St Peter's Basillica would still be a twinkle in the Pope's eye, and the Vatican would still be a mosquito infested swamp. If you want to save a significant amount of money then we should cease the papal trips.In this age of instantaneous communication I can see no justification for the Pope spending 10's of millions gallavanting around the world. Pope Francis seems keen on emphasising his role as Bishop of Rome, so let him remain there. For most of the history of the church we have done quite well with Popes who do not travel. So I say stop nitpicking about bishops cars and residences and homes and weild the axe where it is most needed.
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