"Bishop Bling-Bling" is not the first German clergyman to run into trouble since Pope Francis took the helm of the church.
Commentary: The decision by Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar of El Salvador to close its human rights office, Tutela Legal, is sudden and poorly explained.
French Catholics criticized a Constitutional Court judgment denying local officials the right to opt out of conducting same-sex marriages. Antoine Renard, president of France's National Federation of Catholic Family Associations, charged that the court was operating under political pressure in issuing its decision.
"This ruling could have dramatic consequences for religious freedom both here and abroad," he said. "It also suggests the French Constitution is old-fashioned and needs verification."
After months of listening to Pope Francis' admonishments to take the church to the peripheries, Catholics in Asia examined their missions in a conference on the new evangelization.
German Catholics won't be praying from a new translation of the Roman Missal as planned. In fact, the conference postponed the introduction of the new Mass prayers indefinitely.
The bishops of southern Africa said corruption is rampant in the region and called on all Catholics to take a pledge not to pay or offer bribes.
"If you experience corruption, report it," the bishops of South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland urged in a pastoral letter, noting that "bribery, collusion and all other forms of corruption thrive in conditions of secrecy and concealment, and they persist because we allow them to continue."
A Sudanese Catholic bishop is suing a U.S.-based fund bearing his name, saying he has been unlawfully expelled as the fund's chairman.
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch was "strengthened and encouraged" by his discussion about the German bishop under fire for a massive building project that critics have denounced as extravagant.
A miscommunication between the Vatican and New Zealand church officials resulted in an adventurous arrival for the prelate who coordinates a key commission of cardinals that advises Pope Francis.
The Society of St. Pius X offered to celebrate a funeral for Erich Priebke after the diocese of Rome said the service would be allowed only in a private home.