Target: Pope Francis
Goal: Punish Bishop Tebartz-van Elst for using church funds to build lavish home
The Vatican recently removed Bishop Tebartz-van Elst because he spent $43 million on his home with church funds. Investigations from the church and evidence support this finding, and he has been dubbed as the ‘bishop of bling’ for his extravagant life style. The money could have been spent to help the needy and poor, but instead went to his lavish home. The former bishop should be punished for his crimes, not merely moved to a low profile occupation.
As Pope Francis was urging Church officials to not live like princes and get close to the poor, Bishop Tebartz was living the life of luxury. In a 108 page report, the bishop demanded that those who were a part of the construction of his home be sworn into “strict secrecy” about the costs. Also the accounting and construction of the home was not transparent to the public nor to the Church.
The report also states what was bought and included in Tebartz’s Limburg home. It includes a free-standing bath that costs 15,000 euros, a conference table that costs 25,000 euros, and a private chapel for 2.9 million euros. The bishop apologizes for any carelessness or misjudgment on his part, but he will not admit to any wrongdoing. The German Catholic Church, which Tebartz is a part of, was gaining popularity thanks to Pope Francis, but are now humiliated due to Tebartz’s actions. The church was also known for years of sexual abuse cases among the clergy.
The bishop will be given another low profile occupation, but this punishment does not seem befitting for someone who used Church funds to build a lavish home. Sign this petition and urge Pope Francis to dole out a more severe punishment for someone who used $43 million that wasn’t theirs to use.
Dear Pope Francis,
I realize that one of your bishops, Tebartz-van Elst – regrettably known as the bishop of cling – has been found guilty of spending $43 million on renovations for his home. Included in this renovation was a free-standing bath that costs 15,000 euros, a conference table that costs 25,000 euros, and a private chapal for 2.9 million euros. I find these numbers baffling, and I also find it baffling that the bishop is merely receiving a low profile occupation as punishment.
If a common man were to steal funds that did not belong to him, he would be severely punished. I do not think this punishment for Tebartz-van Elst is fitting for his crimes. I am writing for you to reconsider this punishment as this man stole and used an excessive amount of money for himself.
[Your Name Here]
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