Transcript for Pope Frances Expels Bishop for $43 Million Home
Now, to pope francis and his crusade to put the catholic church on the side of the poor. The latest example, his decision to suspend a top german bishop for extravagant spending. Reporter: It is a tough blow for the formerly high-riding church official now known as the bishop of bling. His real name is bishop franz-peters van elts. He was expelled from his diocese in germany, as the vatican investigates his $43 million home. Including reportedly, 475,000 bucks for walk-in closets. 20,000 for the bishop's bathtub. And a heated roof for his personal chapel. Not a smart move when your boss, pope francis, is the kind of guy that washes the feet of the poor, drives a beat-up old car, carries his bags and lives in a simple room, instead of the fancy papal apartment. The bishop has defended the price tag for the complex he lives. It was for projects. But he has other problems. First-class flights, including on a trip to india to minister to the poor. And allegations of an authoritarian leadership style. He should be fired, says this believer. The bishop was summoned to see the pope this week. He flew coach. The vatican says it will conduct a fair investigation. But many suspect the bishop's fate is already set. He may never again get to live in those fancy digs that got him in so much trouble. For "good morning america," dan harris, abc news, new york. When your nickname is the bishop of bling, something's not quite right. And the pope has been so consistent. Every day, every week, he takes another action that shows where his heart is.
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