A statue of the Virgin Mary adorns the facade of the bishop's residence next to Limburg Cathedral October 14, 2013. German Catholic bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, under fire for huge cost overruns on a luxury residence and alleged lying under oath, has flown to Rome to meet Vatican officials and possibly Pope Francis to decide if he can stay in office, a spokesman confirmed on Sunday. Tebartz-van Elst has caused a crisis in the German church for building a luxury residence and office complex at a time when the new pope is stressing humility and service to the poor. An initial audit of his spending, ordered after a Vatican monitor visited Limburg last month, revealed the project cost at least 31 million euros, six times more than planned. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - BM2E9AE12ZS01
BERLIN (Reuters) – Roman Catholic clerics in Germany sexually abused thousands of children over a 70-year period, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Wednesday, citing a study commissioned by the German Bishops’ Conference. Der Spiegel said the study, conducted by three German universities, had revealed that 1,670 clerics and priests had sexually abused 3,677 minors, mostly […]
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