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Atlanta Archbishop Says Million Dollar Home “Meant Nothing” to Him

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Pope Francis has proven himself to be sympathetic to the plight of the poor and expects his followers to exude a similar temperament.  So when it was revealed that Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory was living in a lavish home in an exclusive community, many were outraged. Now Gregory says the $2.2 million dollar home was a “strategic mistake” that he regrets.

Speaking to CBS 46, Gregory says that “not enough” thought went into his decision to move into that home.

“At the time it appeared pre-Francis that I would be leaving one house in Buckhead, a very nice house, a $2 million house and moving into a replacement. Given the world that now exists, and the transition, and I started planning under Pope Benedict, and I had to backtrack under Francis,” Archbishop Gregory explained.

“It was a strategic mistake that perhaps I should have seen in advance but I was pretty much on automatic pilot. It was the cathedral [who] approached me and said would you sell us your house? I said yes and I’ll use those funds and build another house. What did it mean? Well it meant that the house really meant nothing to me.”

Under pressure from the community, Gregory was eventually forced to apologize for moving into the home. He says he regrets not actually thinking through how the move would impact people.

“What was compromised was I didn’t reflect enough on the action before taking it and I failed to understand what an impact it might have on other people,” said Archbishop Gregory.

Gregory says the home, which was built on land donated by the nephew of Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, “came with the job” and he used just the same as priests who’d come before him.

 

 

 

 

 

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16 Comment

  1. Where are the justices who voted for Hobby Lobby? Look at this guy – he was living in a $2.2 mil home. And don’t be surprised that he had some shenanigans in his home – paid by parishners. The Supreme Court made a big mistake to mix government functions and religion. They should have remembered that religious fanatics are regular people who may commit the same sins or mistakes as us regular people. I hope Harry Reid will succeed de-doing the Hobby Lobby ruling.

  2. Where are the justices who voted for Hobby Lobby? Look at this guy – he was living in a $2.2 mil home. And don't be surprised that he had some shenanigans in his home – paid by parishners. The Supreme Court made a big mistake to mix government functions and religion. They should have remembered that religious fanatics are regular people who may commit the same sins or mistakes as us regular people. I hope Harry Reid will succeed de-doing the Hobby Lobby ruling.

  3. I know this man and in Atlanta a 2.2 mil house is not that lavish. You are so wrong Pastori Balele.

  4. I don't care where he is living; it ain't gone be with some broke indigents. It's just money.

  5. Elizabeth Moore- I know what you mean. I grew up as Catholic and trusted priests. In fact one Catholic Brother saved my life – by telling me about the gospel. I thought they all were more close to God than me. But after scandals, I had to re-assess my trust in these people. In Africa, many priests have kids and girlfriends everywhere. In fact one day, a nun I was working with asked me to find a man to have sex with. She was wearing her cassock when asking me. I could not believe it. I like religious people, but like all of us I can't trust them all.

  6. WHERE IN THE BIBLE DOES IT SAY WE HAVE LIVE IN POVERTY? THIS PRIEST HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE THERE.DID HE SEXUALLY ABUSE ANYONE OR DO ANYTHING ELSE ILLEGAL? ARE THERE ANY OTHER THINGS HE DID TO ANYBODY.? CONCENTRATE ON THE PRIESTS WHO DID AND GET THEM OUT OF THE PRIESTHOOD. PEOPLE ALWAYS FIND FAULT WITH PEOPLE SERVING GOD. ITS A TRIAL, BUT WE CAN MAKE IT THROUGH. IF GOD BROUGHT YOU TO IT, HE CAN CARRIED YOU TROUGH IT. AMEN

  7. I think Archbishop Gregory is doing a good job in Atlanta. He played a significant leadership role when he was the president of the Conference of Bishops handling the clergy abuse.

    On the issue of African priests with girlfriends and children, many of them from the Third world countries do. They are not gay like those here. They are in the priesthood to be taken care of and enjoy privileges. Foreign priests can get green cards in the U.S. if a pastor or a bishop sponsors them after their most of the time student visas status expire.

    In terms of nuns, remember the nun in Italy who had a baby. So they are all human.

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