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[Atlanta] Archbishop Gregory apologizes for building $2.2M home
CWN ^ | 4/1/2014

Posted on 04/01/2014 3:39:41 AM PDT by markomalley

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has apologized for using a bequest to construct a 6,400-square-foot residence at the cost of $2.2 million.

In an archdiocesan newspaper column, the prelate explained his reasons for vacating his current residence and building a home with “separate living quarters and common spaces, a large kitchen for catering, and lots of room for receptions and other gatherings.”

“I am disappointed that, while my advisors and I were able to justify this project fiscally, logistically and practically, I personally failed to project the cost in terms of my own integrity and pastoral credibility with the people of God of north and central Georgia,” he said.

“I failed to consider the impact on the families throughout the Archdiocese who, though struggling to pay their mortgages, utilities, tuition and other bills, faithfully respond year after year to my pleas to assist with funding our ministries and services,” he added. “To all of you, I apologize sincerely and from my heart.”

Archbishop Gregory said that after consultation, he hoped that the archdiocese would sell the residence and that he “would look to purchase or rent something appropriate.”

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Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has moved into a spacious new residence, built at a cost of $2.2 million, the Journal-Constitution reports. The archbishop’s former residence is now being converted into a rectory for priests serving at the cathedral parish, at an equal cost of $2.2 million.

The costs for these buildings are being funded by the proceeds from a bequest left to the Atlanta archdiocese by an heir to Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone With the Wind. The choice to spend the money on new residences, rather than on schools or charitable programs, has raised questions in Atlanta. Archbishop Gregory has said that his new 6,000-square-foot residence will give him more opportunities to entertain the faithful of the archdiocese.

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1 posted on 04/01/2014 3:39:41 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

You have to wonder what the intensely racist Margaret Mitchell would have said about her money going to build a mansion for a black bishop.


2 posted on 04/01/2014 3:53:32 AM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: markomalley

What would one expect?

To me, it is amazing that somehow public opinion, other forces, or [gasp! true regret] prompted the black Bishop to apologize at all. Usually, the first words of their mouth is “racism.”

To me, I’ll bet the bishop got some great satisfaction of pissing away $4.2 million on opulence using the money from “Gone With the Wind.”


3 posted on 04/01/2014 4:12:57 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: markomalley
Contrast this with the story I once read of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity when they opened their first facility in the U.S. It was in the South Bronx in New York City, in a building that was donated by a wealthy benefactor in the Archdiocese of New York.

When they moved into the building, the first thing they did was have all of the beds and mattresses removed, and donated to a homeless shelter. The nun who was in charge was actually kind of upset over the whole thing. She said something to this effect: "When we made the decision to move here we were very clear that we didn't want any beds. We sleep on mats on the floor."

4 posted on 04/01/2014 4:15:19 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: markomalley

5 posted on 04/01/2014 4:16:34 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: iowamark
Margaret Mitchell would have said

She's been dead a long time. I think what's more relevant is how the many Catholics in the Atlanta area who are all constantly being exhorted to give more and more to the "archbishop's annual appeal" (goal $7.5 mil) react to this. The catholic church in atlanta has been determined to put a black man in the top position for decades, starting with the sex scandal of Eugene Marino, then going to Lyke who died (cancer I believe) then Donoghue (not black) followed Gregory who showed the less than stellar judgment of building a fancy house for himself. I guess he was inspired by the Vatican.

6 posted on 04/01/2014 4:22:53 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: iowamark
Margaret Mitchell used her personal funds to educate black medical students when she was alive because there weren't enough black doctors.

She may have been a racist by your shallow standards, but in her day she was called another name by idiots.

7 posted on 04/01/2014 5:08:44 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: markomalley

If this is a man of God, the woods are full of them.


8 posted on 04/01/2014 5:09:48 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Alberta's Child

The archbishop needs a comfortable home from which to entice illegal aliens to Atlanta…wouldn’t want to send a mission to Mexico to do the same thing!


9 posted on 04/01/2014 5:09:49 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: markomalley

Affirmative action at its best!!!


10 posted on 04/01/2014 5:29:45 AM PDT by kenmcg
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To: markomalley

I don’t see this as greed. This house doesn’t belong to the priest and never will. They could ask him to move tomorrow and he would. besides he isn’t building a mega mansion. That is why priests are asked to take oaths of poverty (no earthly attachments), and it’s the reason they can’t get married, that would creat severe conflicts of interests in terms of earthly possesions and serving God.


11 posted on 04/01/2014 5:42:40 AM PDT by mgist (.)
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To: mgist

Diocesan priests don’t take vows of poverty


12 posted on 04/01/2014 5:47:40 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Gaffer
Maybe he thought he was recreating Tara.
13 posted on 04/01/2014 5:48:04 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Mamzelle

Some people’s ability to slander people of God, and complete self pride and lack of respect for things associated with God, gives me the heeby jeevies. We are all held accountable. There are consequences whether you know it or not. Your souls are more important than your loathing of foreigners or your political party.


14 posted on 04/01/2014 5:48:43 AM PDT by mgist (.)
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To: markomalley
Gregory is one of Bernardin's boys. Groomed for the episcopate by the late Archbishop of Chicago.

I believe he has excellent taste in matters residential, decorational and culinary.

15 posted on 04/01/2014 6:01:14 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: markomalley

The sacking of the Bling Bishop has you breaking out in a cold sweat, eh, Archbishop?


16 posted on 04/01/2014 6:59:33 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: markomalley

Oh , he gonna entertain the faithful alright.

Nice digs. Obama’s Kenyan bro is envious.


17 posted on 04/01/2014 9:40:55 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: mgist
Some people do *what*? If you don't like my challenge to these clergymen, to pack their suitcases and go to where the needs are instead of enticing, encouraging, and seducing others to break our laws--then say so.

It might do the bishop of Atlanta a lot of good to do exactly that, after squandering more than $2M on a palace. Bet he won't, though, he likes his comforts and safety.

18 posted on 04/01/2014 2:14:41 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

Have you ever read Gone with the Wind or any biography of Mitchell? She was a horrible person, thought the Klan was great for killing Republicans. Her views might have been common among Georgia whites in the 1920’s, but that does not lessen her culpability.


19 posted on 04/01/2014 3:37:00 PM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: Alberta's Child

Don’t get me started on Mother Teresa, look into a bit.


20 posted on 04/01/2014 3:50:13 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Bulwyf
Don’t get me started on Mother Teresa, look into a bit.

Please, DO get started.........I'd like to hear more.

21 posted on 04/01/2014 3:58:36 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: iowamark

Yes, I’ve read both and that’s how I know about Mitchell’s philanthropies.


22 posted on 04/01/2014 6:57:24 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: iowamark

Margaret Mitchell was a major source of funds and scholarships to Atlanta’s black Universities. Her book is history. She had white guilt. Anyone called her a racist she whoop ya ass.


23 posted on 04/01/2014 7:08:06 PM PDT by Broker (Obama. The devil's fart.)
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To: Alberta's Child

Mother Teresa also had the carpet removed.


24 posted on 04/01/2014 11:49:48 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: markomalley
I have been in the old Archbishop's home when the good Archbishop John Francis Donoghue was archbishop.

I am not sure why 6 priests and the Archbishop could not move into the current Archbishop's home, and, if necessary make some renovations to accommodate more people.

25 posted on 04/01/2014 11:51:46 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: Bulwyf

Yeah, i’d like to hear more as well... since I actually worked with her.


26 posted on 04/02/2014 2:58:41 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray/Penance. Isa 5:18-21,10:1-3 "Tempus faciendi, Domine, dissipaverunt legem tuam")
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To: AliVeritas

Perhaps you’d be better served to ask around Calcutta.


27 posted on 04/02/2014 7:54:29 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: markomalley

Does that mean they can spend lavishly?


28 posted on 04/04/2014 6:56:17 PM PDT by Gamecock (If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross." S.L.)
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