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Catholic archbishop of Atlanta agrees to sell newly built $2.2-million home

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 5, 2014 | 5:15 pm

Tough to believe it took this long, via the AP:

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

Angry parishioners really isn't a fair way to characterize the response from many in Archibishop Wilton Gregory's diocese. Stunned and frustrated would be more fitting.

The issue did not appear to be that the diocese lacked the money for its leader to live in such luxury. It recently received a large donation. But think of what more the Catholic Church could do for the Atlanta community with that money.

Moreover, allowing Gregory to stay there would have been totally out of line with how Catholic leaders are expected to live--except in Germany. And Gregory's windfall was not accepted as prosperity gospel (unlike this former Atlanta-area pastor).

Unfortunately for Gregory, the church already sold his old home. Which, at $1.9 million, was in the same ballpark. Now he needs to figure out where he is going to live. Following this ordeal, Gregory promised to heed Pope Francis' call "to live more simply."

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