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Bill Lawless.

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The Vatican emailed me the other day and asked what should be done with the ‘bishop of bling’ –you know, Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst, the ex-bishop of Limburg, who was forced to resign after spending some £26m on his official residence.

The magnificence of his renovations included £1.8m on a marble courtyard complete with ‘holy water’ fountains, £622,000 on sculpted gardens, £20,000 on a conference table and a trifling 12 grand on a bathtub.

He was indeed the biggest cheese in Limburg, an area famous for Limburger cheese which, if not tackled shortly after purchase, stinks the house out. Something it has in common with the good bishop’s expenditure on his palatial residence.


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