Atlanta's Archbishop Will Sell Newly Renovated Mansion

Apr 6, 2014

The Archbishop of Atlanta is apologizing for renovating a multi-million dollar home with money earmarked for charitable use.

Archbishop Gregory's new Buckhead residence, which is at the center of the controversy. Saturday, he agreed to sell the 6,400 square foot home.
Credit Denis O'Hayer/WABE

Saturday, Archbishop Wilton Gregory said he will sell the Habersham mansion which was recently renovated for $2.2 million.

In an interview with WABE’s Denis O’Hayer, Gregory said he was wrong to spend so much money without seeking guidance.

“My responsibility is to think things through carefully, which I clearly did not," Gregory said.

Public outcry led Gregory to seek advice from three church advisory councils.

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 says he will invest proceeds from that sale, scheduled for May, into north Georgia’s Catholic community.  

Pope Francis has challenged Catholic leaders to live simple, frugal lives.

Last week, a German bishop resigned after news surfaced he spent $43-million on a new home and office complex.