"Bishop Bling" likes to travel first class to India to minister to the poor. Unsurprisingly, he's not especially liked. Four thousand of his own parishioners recently signed an open letter to him criticizing him for his authoritarian style.
Considering the headlines he's made, Pope Francis had little choice but to expel him this week pending a church inquiry into his $43-million residence. I can't imagine he'll be allowed to stay on.
Meanwhile the website that documents the abuse crisis in the American church notes that Mansion Murphy was a prominent figure in the Boston archdiocese. They claim he is preventing the names of 32 priests from being made public.
Due to the fact he worked in the diocese headquarters in Boston when notorious abusers like Father John Geoghan and Father Paul Shanley were being constantly transferred to unsuspecting parishes, ‘Mansion Murphy’ is unlikely to ever become a cardinal. But with a live-in secretary and a $5 million remodeling job, he can console himself in very considerable comfort.
Until he hears from the pope, perhaps. As he may well do soon.
Watch a video about Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst here: