Pope Francis has ordered the German Roman Catholic prelate known as the "bishop of bling" to leave his diocese for an unspecified period of time for spending around €31,000,000 ($43,730,000) on his residence.
The move, just short of a resignation, was taken against Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg.
It comes two days after he met the pope to discuss the scandal in the German church at a time when the pontiff is stressing the importance of humility and serving the poor.
The pope has called for a more austere church and has told bishops not to live "like princes".
The bishop of bling is shown above. Below is the residence he lavishly remodeled.
German media, citing official documents, said the residence had been fitted with a free-standing bath that cost €15,000 ($20,676), a conference table that cost €25,000 ($34,460) and a private chapel that cost €2,900,000 ($4,000,000).
While the bishop is gone, his mansion will be used to serve the needy.
The bishop had no idea his multi-billion Eruo mansion would be turned into a soup kitchen.