It is still unclear how the commission will be composed and when it will deliver its first results. The chairman of the bishops' conference, robert zollitsch, had stressed in advance that he wanted to act swiftly, but to avoid hasty decisions. The result of the examination could determine whether or not the controversial bishop is allowed to remain in office.
Tebartz-van elst is accused of wastefulness in the construction of his new residence. The hamburger public prosecutor's office has also applied for a criminal warrant against him for making false declarations in lieu of an oath. This involves statements by the clergyman about a first-class flight to india.