By Lucky Gold, CNN
Imagine a world where a medieval message of humility and reform is delivered five centuries later.
From the moment he first appeared on the Vatican balcony, Pope Francis has challenged his fellow priests to put aside the trappings of wealth and power.
Whether washing feet at Eastertide or carrying his own bag and driving his own little car, the pope has walked the talk.
On Wednesday he made another kind of statement, by suspending a German bishop whose personal excesses had earned him the nickname ‘The Bishop of Bling.’
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been under fire – not only in Rome, but in his own diocese of Limburg, a place famous for its redolent cheese.
This time, the stink in Limburg emanated from the $42 million the bishop spent renovating his palatial residence.
To protest their bishop's lavish lifestyle, angry parishioners linked arms outside his door, and even posted a reminder of another German priest who railed against the Church of his day.
In 1517, Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation when he nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. They condemned the excesses of Rome and the corruption of the priesthood.
Almost 500 years later, Pope Francis has emphatically delivered his own message: That he and his church want priests, not princes.