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SNAP Calls Out Local “Bishop of Bling”

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File photo of a Bishop holding a cross while leading mass. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a Bishop holding a cross while leading mass. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Does the St. Louis area have it’s own “Bishop of Bling?”

This week the Pope suspended a German bishop for his lavish expenses. David Clohessy, with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says a Belleville Bishop should be disciplined as well.

He says Bishop Edward Braxton has spent a small fortune renovating his home and taking trips to Africa.

“We’d like to think that if Bishops spent their money more prudently they could devote more resources to stopping abuse and to healing victims,” Clohessy said.

Bishop Braxton or the Belleville Diocese has not responded to our messages.

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