German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst speaks at Limburg Cathedral in Limburg, Germany, in August 2012. Coined the "Bling Bishop," Tebartz-van Elst has been suspended from his position while he is under investigation for spending $42 million on renovations to his residence. Thomas Lohnes/AP

Tebartz-van Elst speaks in the chapel of the Old Vicariate in Limburg in December 2012. BORIS ROESSLER/EPA/LANDOV

People walk past Tebartz-van Elst's residence on October 17. Frank Augstein/AP

Tebartz-van Elst sits during a pontifical Mass at Sankt Angela-School in Limburg on September 15. FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN/DPA/LANDOv

Tebartz-van Elst walks with clergy at the German Bishops' Conference in Fulda, Germany, on September 26. Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images

Tebartz-van Elst leaves the Paul VI Hall in Vatican City in October 2012. Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Tebartz-van-Elst in the inner courtyard of his residence in December 2012. BORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters pray and sing in front of the new residence of the bishop to protest against him on October 13. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

A paper addressed to Tebartz-van Elst and referring to German theologian Martin Luther is posted at his chapel on October 13. FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN/AFP/Getty Images

Tebartz-van Elst in his private chapel on December 12, 2012 BORIS ROESSLER/DPA/AFP/Getty Images

An aerial view shows the newly constructed seat of Tebartz-van Elst on October 9. THOMAS FREY/DPA/AFP/Getty Images