CNN’s Belief Blog has a revealing rundown on the lavish homes of some American Catholic archbishops.
CNN reports that “10 of the 34 active archbishops in the United States live in buildings worth more than $1 million.” The median home value in the U.S. is $174,200.
Not surprisingly, that list includes some of the nation’s most outspoken conservative bishopswho seem to take the whole “prince of the church” thing more literally than some of their fellow prelates. Here’s a rundown:
• New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan lives in this 15,000-square foot neo-Gothic mansion on Madison Avenue appraised at $30 million.
• Cardinal Francis George of Chicago lives in a “one of a kind,” 19-chimneyed mansion in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood conservatively valued at $14.3 million. And he is waited on by three nuns who live in a nearby coach house.
• Seattle Archbishop James Sartain lives alone in a charming three-story brick Victorian home valued at $3.84 million.
• Baltimore Archbishop William Lori lives in a 11,5000-square foot historic mansion that dates back to the first Catholic bishop of the United States.
• And l Newark Archbishop John Myers, who has come under fire for the diocese’s failure to supervise a known predator priest and has been an outspoken opponent of John Kerry and other pro-choice Catholics, is adding a $500,000, 3,000-square foot wing to his $800,000, 4,500-square foot weekend/retirement home nestled on 8.2 wooded aces in New Jersey’s tony Hunterdon Country.
He needed the extra space for “an indoor exercise pool”—the house already has a large outdoor pool—“a hot tub, three fireplaces and a library.”
Francis has talked about a “church which is poor and for the poor.” And he’s warned against church leaders who bear the “psychology of princes.”
“God save us from a worldly Church with superficial spiritual and pastoral trappings!” Francis said in his blueprint for the church.
The Vatican last year fired German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst — aka “The Bishop of Bling” — who spent $43 million to remodel his opulent pad.