Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst

In this Aug. 29, 2013 file photo the Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst talks during the blessing of a new Kindergarten in Frankfurt, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, Files)

FILE – In this Aug. 29, 2013 file photo the Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst talks during the blessing of a new Kindergarten in Frankfurt, Germany. Pope Francis on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 permanently removed a German bishop from his Limburg diocese after his 31 million-euro ($43-million) new residence complex caused an uproar among the faithful. Francis had temporarily expelled Monsignor Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst from Limburg in October pending a church inquiry into the affair. The Vatican said Wednesday that the inquiry found that Tebartz-van Elst could no longer exercise his ministry and that Francis had accepted his resignation, which was originally offered Oct. 20. A replacement, Monsignor Manfred Grothe, currently an auxiliary bishop in Paderborn, will take over, the Vatican said, citing a statement from the diocese. It said Tebartz-van Elst would get a new job “at the opportune time. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, Files)

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