The lavish homes of American archbishops / CNN Belief Blog

Records reveal that 10 of the country’s top church leaders defy the Pope’s example and live in residences worth more than $1 million.

“Clearly, ‘lifestyles of the rich and religious’ doesn’t cut it for Pope Francis. The pontiff has said it ‘breaks my heart’ to see priests and nuns driving the latest-model cars. He’s blasted ‘airport bishops’ who spend more time jet-setting than tending to their flocks. And he’s warned against church leaders who bear the ‘psychology of princes.’ The Vatican fired one such ‘prince’ last year: German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst — aka ‘The Bishop of Bling’ — who spent $43 million to remodel his opulent pad. ‘God save us from a worldly Church with superficial spiritual and pastoral trappings!’ Francis said in his book-length blueprint for the church. Say what you will, but this Pope puts his preaching into practice.”

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor — Click here to read the rest of this article.


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  1. #1 by Jayne O'Donnell on August 4, 2014 - 2:26 PM

    Just imagine how many of the poorest among us could be housed and fed just on the dividends from the investment of the sale of these bishop’s residences. That would truly be modeling Gospel living. I think that this piece should be sent to Pope Francis.


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