Writing in Crisis magazine, Marie Meaney argues that the removal of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst from the Diocese of Limburg, Germany, was prompted primarily by the hostility of liberal clerics than by the bishop's spending habits.
Bishop Tebartz-van Elst was removed from his post in October, when the
Vatican announced that "a situation has arisen in which Bishop
Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst cannot, at the present moment, continue to
exercise his episcopal ministry.”
The bishop had been accused of lavish
spending on his personal residence and a related diocesan office
In November, he paid a fine to avoid prosecution for filing
false testimony about his personal spending.
However, Meaney reports that public pressure on the bishop arose after he removed liberal clerics from diocesan posts.
The Crisis magazine account notes the keen tensions in Germany between loyal Catholics and dissenting liberals.