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Archbishop will sell $2 million mansion

Published: Sun, April 6, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Trying to appease angry parishioners, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta said Saturday that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory announced the decision after a closed-door meeting with members of several church councils at his headquarters north of Atlanta. He publicly apologized Monday for building the Tudor-style residence and will move out in early May.

“I have decided to sell the Habersham property and invest the proceeds from that sale into the needs of the Catholic community,” Archbishop Gregory told The Associated Press after the meeting. He declined to take questions.

The archbishop sold his previous home to Christ The King Cathedral, which plans to expand it and house its priests there. The archbishop said this week that if the church sold the new mansion, he would seek to live in a setting more modest than his current or previous home.

A group of Catholics in Archbishop Gregory’s archdiocese had asked since January that he sell the nearly 6,400-square-foot mansion in keeping with the tone of austerity set by Pope Francis. Elected last year, Francis said he wants a church for the poor, drives in an economy car and lives in a guest house instead of a Vatican palace. He has denounced the “idolatry of money” and warned against “insidious worldliness” within the church.

Laura Mullins, one of several Catholics who asked the archbishop to sell, praised him for making a quick decision and ending the controversy. The mansion was made possible by a multimillion-dollar gift to the archdiocese.

“He is the person we follow locally,” she said. “He sets the mood. He sets the example for all of us to follow. If he is choosing to use a gift so personally, what does that tell the people sitting in the pews?”

Archbishop Gregory thanked parishioners for raising the issue, and he acknowledged earlier this week the importance of Francis’ example.

“He’s called us to live more simply,” the archbishop said in an interview Wednesday, before announcing the decision to sell the residence.


1bmanresident(607 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

We need to all think twice before we put anything into that collection plate. Even the churches are corrupt during these wicked times.

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276Ytown(1374 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

What happened to his vow of poverty?

"The mansion was made possible by a multimillion-dollar gift to the archdiocese" Was there anything left for the parish the after $2.2 million was spent on his house?

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3Cosmo19(61 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Just joshing around again or are you really just ignorant?

Please do tell us the facts about this bishop's "vow of poverty"

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476Ytown(1374 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Members of religious Orders take the three vows of chastity, obedience and poverty.


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5GailsMom(17 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago


Bishop Gregory is not a member of a religious order.

He has taken no "vow of poverty".

Opining in contradiction of fact ?

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676Ytown(1374 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Before his election to the papacy, Cardinal Bergoglio was known for his simple and humble lifestyle when he served as archbishop of Buenos Aires. He would take public transportation, visit the slums and lived in a simple apartment.

As Pope, he has chosen to live in an apartment in the St. Martha House, among Vatican workers, rather than the traditional papal apartments.

I wonder what he has to say about his Archbiship's style of living.

" Cardinal Grech, co-founder of the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome, believes that an encyclical would help to “define our stance on poverty.”

The definition of poverty is different depending on where one lives, the 87-year-old friar explained.

“Poverty in Africa means one thing, and poverty in the United States or Europe means another,” he said. “It’s a question of proportion.” He added that a lack of private property is among the root causes of poverty."

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/...

Since the definition of poverty is different depending on where one lives, I guess the Catholic Church understands that living in Buckhead, AKA Beverly Hills will cost a little more.

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7Cosmo19(61 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

You chose to criticize Bishop Gregory by questioning if he was living up to "his vow of poverty"

He has taken no such vow. If you don't know what you are talking about maybe you should just remain quiet.

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876Ytown(1374 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

"I want to thank those parishioners whose prayers, counsel and concern brought this issue to light and ensured that their Archbishop was properly attuned to the important symbolism of simple actions and the challenges faced by many of the faithful in the Archdiocese of Atlanta," Gregory said in a statement.

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