Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
The bishop became at the end of 2013 discredited because he had his official residence reconstructed for more than 30 million euros. There were, among other things, 15,000 euros earmarked for a new bath. Also Tebartz-van Elst bought art for 450,000 euros, and he had an invisible speaker system installed.
A portion of the amount that the diocese are reclaiming is the money that the bishop spent on unused designs for the renovation. For additional planning costs it is said that 2.2 million euros too much were allocated.
A spokesperson for the diocese said that it is now up to the pope to say yes or no to the restitution demand.
Church canonical law trial
It is still not settled whether only the former bishop is responsible for the palace reconstruction losses suffered by the diocese. This must be determined in a canonical trial. The outcome of that is expected in September.
Talking about Tebartz-van Elst and poor people: when he went to a conference in India about poor people, the bishop traveled in the luxury class of the airline, which cost the diocese over 4500 euros.
Growing income inequality in Germany: here.