Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/6/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Donation came from heir who instructed money be used for 'religious or charitable purposes'

Bending to pressure, the Archbishop of Atlanta, Wilton Gregory says he will sell his $2.2 million mansion. Gregory was only able to enjoy the luxurious digs before angry parishioners demanded that he move.

Money from the sale of the Tudor-style home in an exclusive neighborhood will be used for 'the needs of the Catholic community.'

Money from the sale of the Tudor-style home in an exclusive neighborhood will be used for "the needs of the Catholic community."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/6/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Archbishop, mansion, sale


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The archbishop announced the decision after a closed-door meeting with members of several church councils at his headquarters north of Atlanta.

"I have decided to sell the Habersham property and invest the proceeds from that sale into the needs of the Catholic community," Gregory said in a public apology. He said he will move in early May. 

No child need ever go to bed hungry -- Learn how you can help!


Rev. Wilton Gregory, the Archbishop of Atlanta, has apologized for building a $2.2 million mansion f

Rev. Wilton Gregory, the Archbishop of Atlanta, has apologized for building a $2.2 million mansion for himself, a decision criticized by local Catholics who cited the example of austerity set by the new pope. He will now sell the sprawling house.


Money from the sale of the Tudor-style home in an exclusive neighborhood will be used for "the needs of the Catholic community."

It's not yet known where Gregory will live next. He will not return to his old residence, which was sold for $1.9 million to Christ the King Cathedral.

The new $2.2 million mansion that is the residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory stands in th

The new $2.2 million mansion that is the residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory stands in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood in Atlanta. Gregory apologized for his spending and will now sell the house.


The cathedral plans to expand the archbishop's former home and house its priests there.

Gregory says he would seek to live in a setting more modest than his current mansion or his previous home.

A safe room is seen in an original floor plan for the residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory

A safe room is seen in an original floor plan for the residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory.


A group of Catholics in Gregory's diocese had asked since January that he sell the more than 6,000-square-foot home in keeping with the tone of austerity set by Pope Francis.

The pope has made it clear that he wants a church for the poor, drives in an economy car and lives in a guestroom instead of a Vatican palace. He has denounced the "idolatry of money" and warned against "insidious worldliness" within the church.

Interior decorating samples for the residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory is seen inside a

Interior decorating samples for the residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory is seen inside a conference room during an interview with Gregory on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. He has now promised to sell the house.


The mansion was made possible by a generous multimillion dollar gift to the archdiocese.

"He is the person we follow locally," Laura Mullins, one of the faithful who asked Gregory to sell, said. Mullins praised the archbishop for making a quick decision and ending the controversy. "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?"

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," Gregory said in an interview last week prior to his announcement.

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta Wilton Gregory has apologized for building a $2.2 million mansi

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta Wilton Gregory has apologized for building a $2.2 million mansion to use as his home, a move that made him the object of derision and complaint, and said he will sell it.


"He also has encouraged bishops to grow closer to their people, to listen to their people. And that, I take as a pretty serious admonition. I'm disappointed in myself ... because in my nine years, I do believe that I've grown very close to the people of the archdiocese. And I think this decision is an aberration rather than a pattern."

Joseph Mitchell, the nephew of the author of "Gone with the Wind," Margaret Mitchell left an estate worth more than $15 million to the local church when he died in 2011. Mitchell asked in his will that the proceeds be used for "general religious and charitable purposes."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Universal:
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.



Comments


More U.S.

St. Michael the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle: Pope Francis Takes on the Devil Watch

Image of St Michael doing battle with Satan

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Now the new People of God is the Church. That is the reason she considers him her protector and support in all her struggles for the defense and expansion of the kingdom of God on earth. It is true that "the powers of death shall not prevail", as the Lord assured ... continue reading


Shocking train wreck leaves trail of complete destruction, but only three deaths -- Was this St. Michael's intercession? Watch

Image of A train crashed into the Hoboken train station, leading to several deaths and injuries.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A New Jersey transit train crashed into the Hoboken station Thursday morning in the midst of rush hour - Luckily, today is St. Michael's feast day and by his intercession, the crash wasn't as bad as it could have been. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Train no. 1614 ... continue reading


Why won't Obama say the phrase 'radical Islamic terrorist?' Watch

Image of Why won't Obama say 'Radical Islamic Terrorists?'

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Obama refuses to use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorist" when speaking about the Islamic State and other Islamic terror organizations. He explained this refusal during a town hall discussion on CNN. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - President Obama refuses to ... continue reading


Lazy, spoiled, craven millennials claim the Christian cross is hate speech and other ridiculousness Watch

Image of Shown: various forms of hate speech.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The safest thing to say about a safe space is that they've gone too far. Today's college students want safe-spaces, gun-free zones, and to be coddled in every way. As a result, we're producing a generation of weak, adult-age children who cannot think or do anything for ... continue reading


Obama KNEW Clinton was on a private server, used a fake name in his emails Watch

Image of Obama has no excuse. He should have known what Clinton was doing. Why the pseudonym?

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Here may be the real reason Hillary Clinton was never indicted by the Obama administration. Obama was in on Clinton's email scandal from the start. According to new emails released by the FBI, Obama spoke with Clinton on her private server, but used a pseudonym to ... continue reading


Learning Holy Courage and Living Faith from the Book of Job Watch

Image of Job and his accusing friends

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Job did not follow God just because He was so good to him, but because He is God. So should we. When we encounter the inevitability of loss, suffering, difficulties and persecution in our lives, as we certainly will, we should beware of the fairweather friends of ... continue reading


Historic Statement Affirms the Catholic Church's Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality Watch

Image of

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A small body of Catholic scholars and religious have issued a statement dissenting from the teaching of the Catholic Church on the gift of sexuality, marriage and contraception. The statement was issued by the "Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research" and calls on ... continue reading


Major relic of St. Padre Pio in the United States Watch

Image of Padre Pio.

By Mary Rezac (CNA/EWTN News)

The Capuchin keepers of the relics of the late mystic Padre Pio are sending the saint's heart to Boston for his feast day. Boston, MA (CNA/EWTN News) - "I'm very excited to announce that the Capuchin Friars who run the Shrine of St. Padre Pio have offered to come to ... continue reading


Summit Declaration: Use These Principles to Compare Candidates and Platforms in the Upcoming Elections

Image of American Flag and Bible

By THE STREAM

The Church is the light of truth and the salt that preserves society. We realize that the state of our country now is partly our responsibility. If America is troubled, it means that we have failed to waken it to the principles that could grant it peace and ... continue reading


Protests in Charlotte, N.C. turn violent - It's time for a change in attitudes Watch

Image of Maybe pull your pants up first?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Protesters ran riot in downtown Charlotte, NC on Wednesday night, as they vented frustration over the killing of a disabled man by police. Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by police on Tuesday. Police say he had a gun, while others contend the police mistook a ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
1 Then from the heart of the tempest Yahweh gave Job his answer. He ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 139:1-3, 7-8, 9-10, 13-14
1 [For the choirmaster Of David Psalm] Yahweh, you examine me and know ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 10:13-16
13 'Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 30th, 2016 Image

St. Jerome
September 30: St. Jerome, who was born Eusebius Hieronymous ... Read More