Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst: now reported to be living in a sprawling penthouse apartment in Rome with a monthly salary of €10,300. Photograph: Fredrik Von Erichsen/EPA

The notion of “bishop accountability” may be being getting slightly redefined in the Vatican. Until now, it referred to the idea that bishops who f(...)

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst: the bishop made world headlines two years ago when details of a €30 million renovation project for the bishop’s palace were revealed. Photograph: Boris Roessler/EPA

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the so-called “Bishop of Bling” who was removed from the diocese of Limburg in Germany because of his lavish spending on(...)

Archbishop Gaenswein, known to the media as ‘Gorgeous George’ because of his good looks, talked about the synod,  homosexuality, clerical sex abuse and  Benedict’s health in an interview with Chi magazine. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, the private secretary to Pope Emeritus Benedict, has suggested that the current Vatican synod on the family should offer s(...)

The Vatican has accepted the resignation of a German Catholic prelate Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg. File photograph: Wolfgang Radtke/KNA-Bild/Reuters

The Vatican removed a German bishop from his position because he spent €31 million of Church funds on an extravagant residence when Pope Franci(...)

A file photo of the ensemble of the bishop’s residence in Limburg  earlier this month. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Pope Francis has suspended an embattled German bishop from his diocese, where he is under fire after spending €31 million on a new residence.After a 2(...)

 Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst  and Pope Francis. Photograph: Reuters.

If anyone had doubts about both the priorities and the “management style” of Pope Francis, then yesterday’s decision to suspend the Bishop of Limburg,(...)

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst’s residence and his private chapel (second on right) in Limburg. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

After a week of waiting in the Vatican, Germany’s so-called “bling bishop” was given a 20-minute audience with Pope Francis yesterday, to explain how (...)

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst’s residence and his private chapel (second right) in Limburg. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

Pope Francis took office in March urging the Catholic church to “be poor for the poor”. Now the Bishop of Rome’s new philosophy is to be tested in (...)