A German Catholic bishop has flown to Rome to Meet AFTER Being criticised Vatican officials for huge cost overruns on a Luxury residence and alleged lying under Oath.
A spokesman confirmed that Limburg Bishop Franz-Peter-van Elst Tebartz Had departed but I would not say he When or how long I would be away.
He declined to comment on media reports the prelate flew on a budget airline.
Bishop Tebartz-van Elst has caused a crisis in the German church building for a Luxury residence and office complex at a time When Francis Pope is stressing humility and Service to the poor.
"The bishop has Made it clear that any decision about his Service from a bishop lies in the hands of the Holy Father (Pope Francis)," which they Advisories Issued by the diocese on Saturday.
"The bishop is saddened by the escalation of the current Discussion.
"He sees and regrets that Many believers are suffering under the current Situation," it added.
The initial Audit of his spending, the Vatican ordered AFTER monitor Limburg visited last month, revealed the project at Least cost € 31m.
Bishop Tebartz-van Elst also conduct has Been accused of lying under Oath about a first-class flight to visit poverty Programmes in India.
The head of the German Church, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, they has the scandal I was hurting the whole church.
He he I would they Discuss it with Francis Pope during a visit to Rome this week.
The Pope's Response ar closely watched for how far he Barometer of Tomorrow is to Promote frugality and simplicity in a church plagued for decades by sexual abuse scandals of Clerical and Financial Transactions Opaque at the Vatican bank.
The case presents special Limburg Bishop Problems Because Tebartz-van Elst, at 53, is simply too young to be retired off.
In the Catholic Church, a bishop retains his status EVEN If he loses his office.
State prosecutors in Hamburg last week they wanted the bishop not * to be fined for Making false affidavits about the first-class flight to India.
Bishop-van Elst they Tebartz he flew Business Class.
However, Der Spiegel magazine Made public has a mobile phone video Recording of a conversation that triggered action by prosecutors.
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