Atlanta Archbishop Selling $2.2M Home
Proceeds to go to Catholic community: Wilton Gregory
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 5, 2014 5:40 PM CDT
In this April 6, 2012, file photo, Rev. Wilton Gregory, the Archbishop of Atlanta, holds a cross during the 32nd annual Good Friday Pilgrimage at Hurt Park in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Jason Getz)

(Newser) – Trying to appease angry parishioners, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta said today that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in. Archbishop Wilton Gregory announced the decision following a closed-door meeting with members of several church councils at his headquarters north of Atlanta. He will move out of the Tudor-style residence in early May. "I have decided to sell the Habersham property and invest the proceeds from that sale into the needs of the Catholic community," Gregory told the AP after the meeting.

The mansion was made possible by a multimillion dollar gift to the archdiocese. Laura Mullins, one of several Catholics who asked Gregory to sell, praised the archbishop for making a quick decision and ending the controversy. "He is the person we follow locally," she said. "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?"

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Apr 7, 2014 9:29 AM CDT
No logical reason for this guy to have a 2.2 million house, unless he earned that money from productive work he did. And I doubt you get it from saying Mass every Sunday. This among many reasons, I don't attend church.
Apr 7, 2014 5:40 AM CDT
Sadness, child abuse, theft, deception ...... Just a few benefits and perks one receives when you join the ranks of the Catholic Cult. Let's not forget the to praise the parishioners that keep the funding flowing. Why did anyone think there would be change, just because they changed the "Big Boss"
Apr 6, 2014 11:34 PM CDT
where were the church councils when he was building the damn thing?