Rome, Italy, Sep 11, 2013 / 10:04 am
A German bishop has voiced his support of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, who made headlines recently for being accused of leading a luxurious lifestyle.
"There are forces at work that I cannot see, so everything is a bit puzzling for me," Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer said on Sept. 11 during a conference for new bishops in Rome.
"I know him personally and I consider him a modest man," the Bishop of Regensburg, Germany, told CNA at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum Institute.
Bishop Voderholzer said the flurry of media reports that the Bishop of Limburg had built a luxurious new home amounts to nothing more than a "big circus."