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You know about the 'Bishop of Bling' but do American clergy have the same problem too?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
12/16/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

A big house does not always make a bishop greedy or wrong, there are many factors to consider.

Pope Francis has called for "a Church which is poor and for the poor." However, not every member of the clergy may have read the memo. A number of high-ranking Church officials in the United States live in lavish homes, sometimes bordering on the scandalous.

The Bishop of Bling was sacked after he spent $43 million renovating his home.

The Bishop of Bling was sacked after he spent $43 million renovating his home.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
12/16/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: bishops, Catholic, Pope Francis, poor, Church, houses, homes


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Last year, Pope Francis made headlines by transferred Germany's "Bishop of Bling," Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, a bishop who allegedly spent millions of Euros on his own mansion and lived a lavish lifestyle.

Although the transfer was done quietly, it did not go unnoticed by bishops and cardinals around the globe. It raised an issue concerning lifestyle and vocation. Perhaps, some had made themselves quite comfortable within homes owned by the Church, and even lost sight of their own specific vocation and witness. 

Pope Francis has criticized what he called "airport bishops" and clergy who drive fancy cars while flying to engagements around the world. According to Francis, bishops and archbishops should be focused on pastoral duties. They should live simplicity of life, as clergy and consecrated celibates.

When the Vatican Almoner complained that he was virtually chained to his desk with administrative duties, Pope Francis admonished him that he could sell his desk. The Almoner now goes out at night to distribute alms to the poor of Rome.

Pray for a Church that is poor and for the poor!

"God save us from a worldly Church" Pope Francis was quoted by CNN. Clearly, Gospel simplicity is central to his writings.

Everyone knows that Pope Francis is a man who lives simply. He is also known for his piety and humility. In the light of that visible witness, the homes of some American Bishops and Cardinals will certainly attract attention.

Here is the list provided by CNN of homes occupied by high-ranking clergy within the Church.

What do you think? Should American clergy reside in these homes? Does it send the right witness to the world? What about if the homes are shared with other clergy?

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio lives in a private 5,000 sq/ft. mansion with its own

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio lives in a private 5,000 sq/ft. mansion with its own private chapel.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York lives in a 15,000 sq/ft home in Manhattan, worth at least $30 mil

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York lives in a 15,000 sq/ft home in Manhattan, worth at least $30 million. The mansion houses others as well as offices and has been in the Church for over a century.

Archbishop Leonard Blair of Hartford, Connecticut lives in a 9,000 sq/ft house, worth $1.85 million.

Archbishop Leonard Blair of Hartford, Connecticut lives in a 9,000 sq/ft house, worth $1.85 million.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati lives alone in a four-bedroom, four bathroom house. The hous

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati lives alone in a four-bedroom, four bathroom house. The house is appraised under half-a-million. Although many grumbled at its construction, many others accept that it is reasonably modest for an Archbishop.

Chicago

Chicago's Cardinal Francis George lives in a home and property that is valued at at least $14 million and is likely worth much more. Others live in the mansion and on property The mansion also houses offices and has been in the Church for over a century.

Archbishop William Lori

Archbishop William Lori's home in Baltimore dates back to the first bishops in America and recently appraised for $1.24 million. It is 11,500 square feet. The home is shared with another priest and houses offices. It is attached to the Baltimore Basilica.

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory gave up his $2.2 million mansion after area Catholics protested. G

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory gave up his $2.2 million mansion after area Catholics protested. Gregory has since apologized and moved to a smaller residence.

Archbishop John Myers of Newark, New Jersey, is adding a new wing to his weekend home which will bri

Archbishop John Myers of Newark, New Jersey, is adding a new wing to his weekend home which will bring its value to at least 1.3 million. It will include many amenities including exercise facilities, a hot tub and libraries.

The inside of the guest house where Pope Francis lives. The house in beautiful, but small and far fr

The inside of the guest house where Pope Francis lives. The house in beautiful, but small and far from the luxury of the Papal Apartments.

The small bedroom where Pope Francis sleeps.

The small bedroom where Pope Francis sleeps.


We need to pray for all of our clergy. We also need to live Gospel simplicity, in a way which flows from our own state in life and vocation.

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