clear
Sunday February 7th, 2016 6:55PM
5:27PM ( 1 hour ago ) Weather Alert

Atlanta archbishop apologizes over $2.2M mansion

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta apologized Monday for building a $2.2 million mansion for himself, a decision criticized by local Catholics who cited the example of austerity set by the new pope.<br /> <br /> Archbishop Wilton Gregory recently moved into a nearly 6,400-square-foot residence. Its construction was made possible by a large donation from the estate of Joseph Mitchell, nephew of Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With The Wind," a Civil War epic that made his family wealthy. When Mitchell died in 2011, he left an estate worth more than $15 million to the archdiocese on the condition it be used for "general religious and charitable purposes."<br /> <br /> Gregory said that he has received criticism over the spending in letters, emails and telephone messages.<br /> <br /> "I am disappointed that, while my advisors (sic) 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," Gregory said in a column posted on the website of the archdiocesan newspaper, The Georgia Bulletin.<br /> <br /> "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.<br /> <br /> The Catholic leader said he will discuss the situation with several diocesan councils, including a special meeting of its finance council. If church representatives want the bishop to sell the home, Gregory said he will do so and move elsewhere.<br /> <br /> The purchase of the sprawling home was part of a real estate deal made possible by money from Joseph Mitchell's estate.<br /> <br /> In his will, Mitchell requested that primary consideration be given to the Cathedral of Christ The King, where he worshipped. The cathedral received $7.5 million for its capital fund and spent roughly $1.9 million to buy the archbishop's old home, according to tax records. Cathedral officials are planning to spend an additional $292,000 to expand Gregory's old home so its priests can live there, freeing up space on the cathedral's cramped campus.<br /> <br /> After selling his home, Gregory needed a new residence.<br /> <br /> The archbishop said that he made a mistake while designing a home with large meeting spaces and rooms for receptions and gatherings.<br /> <br /> "What we didn't stop to consider, and that oversight rests with me and me alone, was that the world and the Church have changed," Gregory said.<br /> <br /> He demolished the one-story home on Mitchell's property, which was donated to the church, and replaced it with a Tudor-style mansion. In January, a group of local Catholics met with the archbishop and asked that he sell the large home and return to his old residence. They cited the example of Pope Francis, who turned down living quarters in a Vatican palace and drives a simple car.<br /> <br /> "The example of the Holy Father, and the way people of every sector of our society have responded to his message of gentle joy and compassion without pretense, has set the bar for every Catholic and even for many who don't share our communion," Gregory said.
© Copyright 2016 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 1 year ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 1 year ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
High court to adopt electronic filing of cases
The Supreme Court is belatedly developing an electronic filing system similar to those used in courts around the country, Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday in his annual end-of-year report.
7:57PM ( 1 year ago )
Palestinians push ahead in pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel
Stung by a resounding defeat in the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they joined the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.
1:57PM ( 1 year ago )
KKK group to keep fighting to join road cleanup program in NE Ga.
A Georgia Ku Klux Klan group says it will move forward with its application for a highway cleanup program in northeast Georgia after a judge ruled the state's denial violated the organization's right to free speech.
12:24PM ( 1 year ago )
U.S. News
Barrow County tackles several weekend fires, two ruled intentional
Barrow County Emergency Services were kept busy over Super Bowl weekend by a series of structure and vehicle fires throughout the county, two of which were determined to be intentional human acts according to a Sunday afternoon press release.
6:00PM ( 55 minutes ago )
UPDATE: Snow possible across north Georgia Monday, Tuesday
Snow is possible across north Georgia Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, but little or no accumulation is expected in the Gainesville area.
5:37PM ( 1 hour ago )
University of North Georgia launches Center for Cyber Operations Education
A cybersecurity education initiative through the University of North Georgia (UNG) aims to strengthen workforce opportunities in Georgia and fill critical staffing shortages in private industry, as well as in the Georgia Army National Guard, the U.S. Army and entities at all levels of government.
By AccessWDUN staff
3:00PM ( 3 hours ago )
Local audiologist discusses newly diagnosed disorder where chewing noises send sufferers into rage
Do the sounds of chewing, throat clearing, coughing and sniffling send you into a rage? Are you unable to "just tune out" the sound of a ticking clock, or a co-worker drumming their finger nails on their desk? If so, you might have misophonia (alternately called Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome).
2:04PM ( 4 hours ago )
VIDEO: Better late than never. A cold plunge into Lake Lanier
It was sunny but cold, both on the dock and in the water, Saturday as about 50 brave souls took to the waters of Lake Lanier for the annual Polar Bear Plunge.
12:26PM ( 6 hours ago )