Atlanta Archbishop criticized for $4.5 million mansions
Saturday, April 05, 2014 - 01:26
April 5 - As Pope Francis urges Catholic clergy worldwide to embrace humility and poverty, Atlanta's Archdiocese comes under criticism for spending $4.5 million on exclusive mansions. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Pope Francis has made humility and poverty the hallmarks of his papacy.
He wants the Catholic church to serve the poor and the clergy to lead by example.
Now, some in Atlanta say that message was lost on their local Archdiocese.
They accuse Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory of living large.
Spending over $4 million dollars on two mansions in this exclusive neighborhood.
SOUNDBITE: ATLANTA AREA CATHOLIC MARCI MAURER-NUNNERY SAYING:
"I think when you're in politics or religion, you are called to a different light and you have to live differently. You represent all people."
All that spending was made possible thanks to a $15 million donation from the family estate of "Gone With the Wind" author Margaret Mitchel..
The mansion the Bishop lives in cost around $2 million.
Add another $2 million the church plans to spend renovating this home for its parish priests.
The cathedral's finance chair says moving the rectory will free up much-needed space.
SOUNDBITE: SAM FRAUNDORF, FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR, CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE KIND, SAYING:
"We have the opportunity for meetings space, we have an opportunity for expansion for school opportunities, there's so much we can do."
The Archbishop got the message.
He's apologized for the lavish home and announced on Saturday he's selling the mansion three months after moving in.
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