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Archbishop Sells Mansion After Spending $2.2 Million of Church Funds to Build it

Atlanta’s Archbishop is selling his eight-bedroom Tudor-style mansion after criticism over the $2.2 million of Church funds he used to build it.

The home was built with part of the $15 million left to the archdiocese from Joseph Mitchell and his Gone With the Wind estate. Part of that money was used to buy Archbishop Wilton Gregory‘s old home; he then used the proceeds to build the new one. He moved into the home just three months ago, but it immediately drew rebukes from fellow Catholics, especially in light of Pope Francis’ call for frugality. (The original plans, which called for a wine cellar, were already scaled back. So, you know. Drag.)

“Gregory sought guidance from three church advisory councils after public outcry over the home’s opulence and price tag,” WABE reported. “The archbishop says feedback from those meetings, as well as his own personal reflection and prayer, led him to the decision to sell the 6,400-square-foot home.”

Gregory said he planned to reinvest the funds from the sale into Atlanta’s Catholic community.

Watch the clip below, via WSBTV:

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