Tuesday, June 17, 2014

While Pope Francis rages over inequality, a cardinal builds a Vatican penthouse

From The Washington Post-

While condemning rapacious global businessmen who have done the world’s economy wrong, he is doing the same thing among the clergy. First, he accepted the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst – the Bishop of Bling — who plowed an astonishing $43 million into his posh pad in Limburg, Germany. Then he replaced the scandal-ridden Vatican Bank’s supervisory body with fresh faces. And now, the clash between what Francis describes as “a poor church for the poor” and church extravagance has shifted to a controversial cardinal named Tarcisio Bertone.

The drama, like that which consumed the Bishop of Bling, involves accommodations.

This is where the pope lives: inside a one-bedroom suite in the Casa Santa Marta. This is where Bertone will live: inside an “opulent” apartment between five and 10 times the size of Francis’s home. (Early reports alleged Bertone would move into a 2,300 square-foot flat, but he later denied those claims, saying it was a modest 1150-square foot flat.)

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