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Former Belleville Bishop Apologizing for Mansion

Fred Bodimer
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Archbishop Wilton Gregory. Photo: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images

Archbishop Wilton Gregory. Photo: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory was the bishop of Belleville from 1994 to 2004.

Now, he’s apologizing to Atlanta Catholics for building a $2.2 million mansion for himself. He’d been criticized by Catholics for building and moving into the massive residence, made possible by a large grant from a wealthy donor.

The Archbishop says he personally failed to project the cost in terms of his own integrity and pastoral credibility with his members.

Gregory says if the church wants him to sell the home, he’ll do so and move somewhere else.

Pope Francis has made an example of frugal living, choosing not to live in the traditional papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace, but rather in a suite in the Vatican guesthouse.

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