Atlanta Archbishop apologizes for building mansion amid controversy

03/31/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Georgia – Archbishop Wilton Gregory recently apologized for his decision to build a $2.2 million mansion after local Catholics criticized his spending. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Gregory, who is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta, used a portion of a donation left by the relative of “Gone With The Wind” author Margaret Mitchell to the archdiocese to build his mansion.

Mitchell’s nephew, Joseph Mitchell, left an estate valued at over $15 million to the archdiocese stipulating that it be used for “general religious and charitable purposes.”

Gregory is quoted by the AP as stating in a column posted on the website of the archdiocesan newspaper, The Georgia Bulletin, “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 has said that he will sell the home if church representatives want him to do so.

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