German Bishop Under Fire Over 26m Residence
A German Catholic bishop is facing calls for his resignation after it emerged his new residence would cost 31m euros - more than six times the planned amount.
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#1 Oct 10, 2013
It is hard to justify spending that amount of money on an episcopal residence. However, I am increasingly annoyed at pressure for bishops to emulate the Popes frugal ways. Pope Francis is a Jesuit and has taken vows of poverty. Most bishops are selected from the secular clergy and do not take such vows. They do not get rich from their roles and in the majority are dedicated to the service of the church. Therefore I think that is appropriate for a bishop to have a nice residence and a quality car. It is my opinion that much of what the Pope is doing is window dressing. The fact that the Pope does not live in the Apostolic Palace and drives a Ford Focus will not make one iota of difference to world poverty
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