Johann Wagener 10-23-13
Pope Francis is quickly becoming the spokesperson for those who advocate getting back to the basics Jesus taught. He lived a simple life. He threw the money changers out of the Temple. He divided the fish and bread among the masses. One of his parting comments were; "Father, forgive them. They know not what they do."
And, it's obvious, they still don't given the state of the world's 1/99 % economies.
How true that rings in today's world where the "mega churches" fill up with not to bright followers who dump millions of cash into plates that "prosperity gospel hawkers" (I just can't bring myself to calling them preachers) claim will bring them prosperity in the "next" life. In this life the only one's prospering from the pain these lost souls are trying to free themselves of are the so-called preachers.
Jesus would be ashamed as was Pope Francis when he learned of one of the Princes of the Church blatantly having a fling on the backs of the poor and needy of this world. Sound familiar? Looks like some in the Church have also been infected with the 1% trickle down virus.
A German Roman Catholic prelate, known as the “luxury bishop”, has been told to leave his residence, theVatican has said.
Pope Francis made the order after it emerged Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg spent €31 million on a luxurious home.
The move, just short of a resignation, was taken just days after the bishop had met the pope in Rome to discuss the scandal.
The expenditure sparked anger among German Catholics and protests outside his cathedral, at a time when the pontiff is stressing the importance of humility and serving the poor.
The media in Germany has dubbed Tebartz-van Elst “the luxury bishop” or “bishop bling” after an initial audit of his spending, ordered after a Vatican monitor visited Limburg last month, revealed the project cost at least six times more than planned.
Tebartz-van Elst has apologised for any “carelessness or misjudgement on my part” but denies wrongdoing.
The pope has tried to set an example of austerity by renouncing the spacious papal apartments for a small residence in a Vatican guest house. He has also told bishops not to live “like princes”.