A Church So Poor It Has to Close Schools, Yet So Rich It Can Build a Palace / The New York Times

Mater Dei Academy sits shuttered, blue drapes pulled across its windows, atop a hill in this working-class city. From its steps, you can peer across the mist-shrouded expanse of the Meadowlands to the distant spires of Manhattan.

“For generations, this blond brick Catholic elementary school tossed a lifeline to the immigrants who, wave upon wave, washed ashore here. The Archdiocese of Newark closed it two years ago. Church officials offered deep regrets; the church’s wallet is thin to the touch these days.

‘It was a loved place, that school,’ said Dorothy Gawronski, a crossing guard holding a red ‘Stop’ sign.’But the church, I don’t think it’s rich anymore.’

“All of which brings me along a winding and narrow road that switches back and forth across the wooded Capoolong Creek to a splendid 8.5-acre spread in the hamlet of Pittstown. This is rural and rather affluent Hunterdon County, 49 miles from Mater Dei.

“John J. Myers, the archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese, comes to this vacation home on many weekends. The 4,500-square-foot home has a handsome amoeba-shaped swimming pool out back. And as he’s 72, and retirement beckons in two years, he has renovations in mind. A small army of workers are framing a 3,000-square-foot addition.”

By Michael Powell, The New York Times — Click here to read the rest of this article.

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  1. #1 by mister_bean on February 24, 2014 - 1:22 AM

    I would like this!!!…


  2. #2 by Sally Murphy Doganieri on February 22, 2014 - 6:08 PM

    Unfortunately it is priests like this that make the good priests look bad. Good guys speak out and defend your real CEO.


  3. #3 by Sally Murphy Doganieri on February 22, 2014 - 6:07 PM

    It just gets sadder and sadder. Wait till this Mr. Meyers guy gets to see the real CEO of the church and finds out that he is not all decked out in royal robes. He will get his due reward in time. He might also find out that the CEO, Jesus Christ, is not Catholic.


  4. #4 by David Biersmith on February 20, 2014 - 11:56 AM

    Have any of you ever seen where Bishop Robert Finn lives? It would put this place to shame.


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