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New Jersey Archbishop Myers builds mansion, hot tub as diocese suffers
Irish Central ^ | February 21,2014 | Kate Hickey

Posted on 02/21/2014 11:41:39 AM PST by Gamecock

In a time when Pope Francis is cracking down on the Catholic Church’s extravagant spending, John J. Myers, the Irish American archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese, in New Jersey, is spending $500,000 on a three-floor expansion of his 4,500-square-foot retirement home. The 1.3 million strong Catholic dioceses is footing the bill.

Just in time for the “archbishop’s annual appeal,” when the dioceses calls on their congregations to donate, Myers' construction of what is being called a palace is getting underway.

Myers’ 4,500-square-foot house sits on 8.2 wooded acres in the hills of Hunterdon County, in the hamlet of Pittstown. Currently the house is made up of five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a three-car garage and a big outdoor pool. Valued at $800,000, this house, used as the Archbishop’s weekend residence, is getting a three-story, 3,000-square-foot addition.

This extension is in preparation for the Irish American Archbishop’s retirement, due in two years, the Star Ledger reports. The 72-year-old Archbishop plans to live there fulltime.

The new three-story extension, now just a wooden frame, will include an indoor exercise pool, a hot tub, three fireplaces, a library and an elevator, according to records at the Franklin Township building department. The extension will cost $500,000, excluding architectural costs, furnishings and landscaping.

A spokesman for the diocese, Jim Goodness, defended the lavish extension and the hot tub. Speaking to the New York Times he said “The press says it’s a hot tub; it’s a whirlpool.” And added “He’s getting older – there are therapeutic issues.”

The extension, according to the diocese will be paid for with the proceeds from the sale of other properties owned by the archdiocese.

Goodness said “It is not going to cost our parishioners anything.”

When asked if this $500,000 could be spent on meals for the homeless he responded “Any extra monies will go to the diocese.”

According to the Times, Myers insists that he is addressed as “Your Grace” and added his “self-regard is matched by his refusal to apologize for more or less anything”.

Last year a priest who had a legally binding agreement never to work unsupervised with children was discovered working with a youth ministry in in Bergen County, NJ in the Newark Diocese. In Oradell, NJ parishioners discovered the archdiocese had allowed a priest, accused of sexual abuse, to live in the parish rectory.

Archbishop Myers wrote a letter to the parishioners of his diocese saying those who claimed the Catholic Church had not protected their children were “simply evil, wrong, immoral and seemingly focused on their own self-aggrandizement.”

All the recent reports covering Myers’ mansion extension stands in in stark contrast to the remarks of the new pope, Francis I.

The newly appointed pope opted against the lavish dwellings of the Vatican apartment and lives instead in a boarding house nearby where he can eat and pray with others. He speaks of a “poor church for the poor.”

Last week the pope, who drives a Ford rather than the usual papal Mercedes, said “If a thought, if a desire takes you along the road of humility and abasement, of service to others, it is from Jesus.”

The Times article opens with a description of the Mater Dei Academy, a Catholic elementary school 49 miles from Myers’ mansion which has remained shut for two years due to lack of funding.

The local crossing guard told the reporter “It was a loved place, that school. But the church, I don’t think it’s rich anymore.”


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1 posted on 02/21/2014 11:41:39 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: Alex Murphy; metmom
Catholic Hot Tub Party!


2 posted on 02/21/2014 11:43:51 AM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: Gamecock
Typical Jersey. Just in time for the illegal amnesty support fund annual appeal, too.
3 posted on 02/21/2014 11:46:20 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Pope Calvin the 1st, defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades)
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To: Gamecock

Meanwhile, retired nuns get the short end of the stick.

If selling off church properties can subsidize private luxury, can’t the Vatican do a large-scale selloff to benefit starving nations?

Even in a church, it always seems to come back to screwing the taxpayers while the oligarchs play.


4 posted on 02/21/2014 11:47:49 AM PST by DPMD
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To: Gamecock

~~~When asked if this $500,000 could be spent on meals for the homeless he responded “Any extra monies will go to the diocese.”~~~

Ah, OK.


5 posted on 02/21/2014 11:49:22 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: DPMD

“Meanwhile, retired nuns get the short end of the stick.”

It sure looks that way. And it needs to be addressed, and rectified.


6 posted on 02/21/2014 11:51:10 AM PST by Paulie (Buy local, bank local, exert your influence locally; the left will fold like a cheap suit.)
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To: DPMD

That old saying “He’s got more money than the Pope”......yeah, there’s a reason it exists.


7 posted on 02/21/2014 11:56:19 AM PST by FAA
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To: DPMD
Meanwhile, retired nuns get the short end of the stick.

Yes, but how many knuckles, in their presence, got the long end of the stick?
8 posted on 02/21/2014 11:58:29 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: Gamecock

To quote the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen:

“WHO IS GOING TO SAVE OUR CHURCH? NOT OUR BISHOPS, NOT OUR PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS. IT IS UP TO THE PEOPLE. YOU HAVE THE MINDS, THE EYES, THE EARS TO SAVE THE CHURCH. YOUR MISSION IS TO SEE THAT YOUR PRIESTS ACT LIKE PRIESTS, YOUR BISHOPS, LIKE BISHOPS, AND YOUR RELIGIOUS ACT LIKE RELIGIOUS.”


9 posted on 02/21/2014 12:00:14 PM PST by CdMGuy
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To: Gamecock

Sounds indulgent. Ahem...


10 posted on 02/21/2014 12:03:31 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Gamecock

I hate to think of what will go on in that hottub. A “boys weekend with the priest”?


11 posted on 02/21/2014 12:06:50 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Gamecock
Currently the house is made up of five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a three-car garage and a big outdoor pool.

How many kids does he have? Sounds like he needs room for a large family.

12 posted on 02/21/2014 12:06:55 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Gamecock
My gaydar is picking up hot tub pings.
13 posted on 02/21/2014 12:07:51 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Gamecock

I pray this gets the attention of Rome...


14 posted on 02/21/2014 12:09:11 PM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: RebelTXRose
I pray this gets the attention of Rome...

Why? So the prelates there can come over to NJ and enjoy the amenities

15 posted on 02/21/2014 12:18:26 PM PST by Robwin
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To: RebelTXRose

You got that right. They need to put an end to this abuse.


16 posted on 02/21/2014 12:20:10 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Gamecock

A satellite image of Archbishop Myers' weekend residence. The image does not show the three-story addition now under construction. (Credit: Google Maps via New Jersey Star Ledger)


17 posted on 02/21/2014 12:27:16 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Gamecock

The Vatican needs to step in and pull the plug on this.

I have always respected my local Bishop for opting to live in an apartment in a seminary instead of in the traditional mansion (which, I believe the Diocese is selling)


18 posted on 02/21/2014 12:53:20 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DPMD
its not the responsibility of the Church to sell its decades/century old properties to feed the hungry.....no one else does this...not Jews..not Mormons...Not Baptists...not Presbyterians...etc....

however, one would think simple living is a sign of humility and gratitude for what one does have....and fancy houses and whirlpools for one older man seems very very arrogant....

I'm a crib to casket Catholic, but not a good, church going Catholic....these fund raisers come and go and I ignore them completely....if I want to give, its to my grammar school that I remember fondly....

19 posted on 02/21/2014 12:58:41 PM PST by cherry
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To: Gamecock

Pope Francis didn’t live in his “residence”. He let it be used as a school, IIRC, and lived in an apartment with an elderly priest whom he cooked dinner for.

I don’t think great buildings should necessarily be torn down or sold, if they have historical significance or can be used for a worthy purpose.

But this bishop in NJ had better enjoy his hot tub now, because in eternity he will have less comfy accomodations. As the saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with the skulls of bishops.”


20 posted on 02/21/2014 1:14:55 PM PST by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Paulie

“It sure looks that way. And it needs to be addressed, and rectified.”

Yesterday.


21 posted on 02/21/2014 1:25:13 PM PST by stisidore (MM, let's see here)
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To: cherry

I suspect the Presbyterians and Baptists don’t have anywhere near the holdings of Rome Inc.

Now the Mormons….


22 posted on 02/21/2014 2:28:33 PM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: CdMGuy

And the mission of protestants is to kick Joel Osteen and Rick Warren out of their 10 million dollars homes and make them sell their fleet of jets and start building more shelters for the homeless.

http://www.therichest.com/celebnetworth/category/celeb/televangelists/

http://celebsnetworth.net/joel-osteen-net-worth/

http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/rick-warren-net-worth/


23 posted on 02/21/2014 3:24:08 PM PST by NKP_Vet ("I never went to college, I was too busy learning stuff!" ~ Ted Nugent)
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To: Gamecock
"The Vatican’s fungible assets are worth about a billion dollars, a mere drop in the bucket compared to, say, Harvard University’s $27 billion endowment."

Link. Worth a glance.

24 posted on 02/21/2014 5:47:17 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o
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To: NKP_Vet

25 posted on 02/21/2014 6:12:01 PM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: Gamecock

And now for the rest of the story:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kathyschiffer/2014/02/some-key-facts-everyone-should-know-about-the-archbishop-s-residence-in-newark/

WHAT WILL THE RENOVATION COST THE ARCHDIOCESE?
Quick answer: Nothing. The project is being funded solely by private contributions which have been donated for this purpose.
The home which is the subject of newspaper speculation was actually purchased by the Archdiocese of Newark twelve years ago, using proceeds from the sale in 2002 of a more expensive home on the Jersey Shore. The Jersey Shore home which was sold in 2002 had a greater value than does the home which is currently being renovated, even when one includes the cost of landscaping and furnishings.


26 posted on 02/22/2014 4:08:46 AM PST by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: cherry

The responsibility to feed the hungry can be argued; it is, I believe, one of the Corporal Works of Mercy, and if the Church doesn’t lead by example, who will follow? While the miracle of loaves and fishes was funded by a divine act, we can’t exactly get one on demand.

In many municipalities, we see sites, such as St. Anthony’s Dining Room in San Francisco, established to do just that. If donations, one source of its funding, dry up - it’s a bad economy these days - does the Church then turn its back on the mission?

One unfortunate consequence of the Church’s position on birth control - not to be confused with abortion - is that it helps to create more poor and hungry Catholics and non Catholics in those poorer countries devoted to the Church. If decades/century old properties are more important than preserving the lives of faithful followers, there may need to be a change. Yes, we’re meant to suffer in this life, but it doesn’t help to promote suffering for the sake of preserving wealth.

Thanks for your post.


27 posted on 02/22/2014 9:55:42 AM PST by DPMD
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To: Gamecock
In a time when Pope Francis is cracking down on the Catholic Church’s extravagant spending, John J. Myers, the Irish American archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese, in New Jersey, is spending $500,000 on a three-floor expansion of his 4,500-square-foot retirement home. The 1.3 million strong Catholic dioceses is footing the bill.

Imagine that.

Who would have thought?

28 posted on 02/22/2014 12:32:32 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: CdMGuy
To quote the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen:

“WHO IS GOING TO SAVE OUR CHURCH? NOT OUR BISHOPS, NOT OUR PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS. IT IS UP TO THE PEOPLE. YOU HAVE THE MINDS, THE EYES, THE EARS TO SAVE THE CHURCH. YOUR MISSION IS TO SEE THAT YOUR PRIESTS ACT LIKE PRIESTS, YOUR BISHOPS, LIKE BISHOPS, AND YOUR RELIGIOUS ACT LIKE RELIGIOUS.”

Luther tried that, too.

You remember how that worked out for him, don't you?

29 posted on 02/22/2014 12:34:08 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: Not gonna take it anymore

The guy took a vow of poverty, did he not?


30 posted on 02/22/2014 12:35:46 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: metmom
The guy took a vow of poverty, did he not?

That's a common misconception, diocesan (also called "secular") clergy do not make vows of poverty. Bishops are generally drawn from the diocesan clergy rather than the religious, although there are certainly exceptions. That's no excuse for extravagance though.

31 posted on 02/22/2014 1:09:25 PM PST by Legatus (Keep calm and carry on)
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