$2.2 Million in Catholic Church money “blown” on Atlanta Archbishop’s posh new diggs

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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.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory recently moved into a nearly 6,400-square-foot (595-square-meter) 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,” the 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.”

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Editor’s note: The stories of legacies similarly squandered by Church prelates are legion. Even when such bequests have specific instructions and/or limitations included, a deceased person with no surviving family members typically has no one to see that his/her wishes are followed. A few years and a few personnel/policy changes later and anything becomes possible.

To put it quite simply: When you donate money – especially large sums of it – to the Catholic Church, the bishop can pretty much do with it whatever he wishes – no matter what – in which case your cash might be “Gone With the Wind”.

If underwriting the lifestyles of rich and famous bishops bothers you, then find something else to do with your money, before you die!

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2 Comments

  1. Proverbs 22:16
    Not a good example!
    Reminds me of, some of the wealthy Television Evangelical Titans!

  2. At least the $2.2 mil didn’t go to the CCHD. That would have resulted in far more harm done.


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