Archive for April 2nd, 2014

Bishops Follow Pope’s Example: Opulence Is Out / The New York Times

The archbishop of Atlanta had a plan to resolve the space crunch at his cathedral: He would move out of his residence so priests could move in, and then he would build himself a new house with donated money and land.

“It was not just any house. It was a $2.2 million, 6,000-square-foot mansion, with plenty of room to host and entertain, on land bequeathed by Joseph Mitchell, a wealthy nephew of the author of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell.

“But as Pope Francis seeks ‘a church which is poor and for the poor,’ expectations for Catholic leaders are changing rapidly. So on Monday night, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory apologized, saying that laypeople had told him they were unhappy with his new house, and promising to seek guidance from priests and laypeople and to follow their advice about whether to sell it.”

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

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