VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis temporarily expelled a German bishop from his diocese on Wednesday because of a scandal over a 31-million-euro project to build a new residence complex, but refused popular calls to remove him.
The Vatican didn't say how long Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst would spend away from the diocese of Limburg. But it said Limburg's newly named vicar general, the Rev. Wolfgang Roesch, would run the diocese during Tebartz-van Elst's “period of time away.”
Roesch had been due to take up his duties as Tebartz-van Elst's deputy on Jan. 1 but will start running the dioceses immediately, the Vatican said.
In a statement, the Vatican said the situation in...