$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!

Tom Roeser on duplicitous bishops and corruption in the church

This Church I love and believe in has survived for 2,000 years because, as convert Bob Novak said, it is divine. Else how could it have managed through eras of bad, intemperate and sacrilegious popes all the while saints like Francis of Assisi and Thomas Aquinas blossomed in moral and spiritual life…and now is floundering through a cycle of personally dedicated and highly intellectual popes but still inattentive for one reason or another while the seminaries and priesthood have been flooded with lavenders? A litany of prelates wailing that the system is crying to heaven for vengeance has produced only a laggard tide of lying, deviousness and irresponsibility.

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Editor’s note: Tom also deals with the rush to canonize Pope John Paul II, and several other weighty church matters.

Apostle’s successors officially no longer seek conversion of Jews. What would Jesus do?

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Now that the year of St. Paul has officially ended:

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“The USCCB reaffirms what the Holy See has stated repeatedly: that while the Catholic Church does not proselytize the Jewish people, neither does she fail to witness to them her faith in Christ, nor to welcome them to share in that same faith whenever appropriate,” said Bishop Lori, chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine and Pastoral Practice.”

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(Editor’s note: So much for almost 2000 years of Catholic Tradition. The leadership of the Catholic Church has no guts, and has finally managed to officially and quite publicly reject one of the “prime directives”  of Jesus Christ.

Barack Obama, the ABORTION President surely understands this, as do the forces of evil everywhere. No wonder Catholics get no respect!)

The Gospel of Matthew duly notes the words of Jesus Christ, in the Great Commission::

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

This policy is not only heretical, but it is also fundamentally anti-Semitic … while at the same time … anti-Christian. Can we now expect an updated translation of the New American Bible, which might read something like this?

And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: SOME power is given to me in heaven and on earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations (except for Israel) baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost (except for the Jews). Teaching them to observe only SOME of the things I have commanded you. And behold, even though I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world,  be afraid. Be very afraid. And please leave the Jews alone, since it would be politically incorrect to seek their conversion, and a lot of work, too.

St. Stephen, first martyr of the Catholic Church, pray for us.

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