SMYRNA, Ga. – Trying to appease angry parishioners, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta said Saturday that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory announced the decision following a closed-door meeting with members of several church councils at his headquarters north of Atlanta. He publicly apologized Monday for building the Tudor-style residence and will move out in early May.
SMYRNA, Ga. – The Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta expects to soon decide whether to keep or sell a $2.2 million mansion built for his use.
Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory convened a special meeting Saturday with nearly 60 representatives of the archdiocese to discuss the Tudor-style mansion. Gregory spokeswoman Patricia Chivers said Gregory wants to reach a decision Saturday on what to do with it.
Some Catholics in Gregory's diocese have criticized the archbishop for building so luxurious a residence, citing the example of austerity set by Pope Francis.
WARSAW, Poland – A Roman Catholic priest has touched off a controversy in Poland after news media quoted him describing toys like LEGO's Monster Fighters as tools of Satan that lead children to the "dark side."
The Super Express tabloid quoted the Rev. Slawomir Kostrzewa urging parents to dump the LEGO series and those of several other firms. The remarks at a Sunday service in the town of Wolsztyn touched off discussion in predominantly Catholic Poland, which holds priests in high esteem.
March 30, 2014: This photo shows the former Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Syracuse, N.Y. The church will soon be called Masjid Eisa Ibn Marya - The Mosque of Jesus son of Mary.AP
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque.
SMYRNA, Ga. – The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta says he suspects the church will ultimately sell a $2.2 million mansion built for his use.
Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that he accepts blame for not consulting enough with members of the church before building the expansive residence in one of Atlanta's toniest neighborhoods.
Gregory says he wants to consult with several church councils before making a final decision but added that he believes the recommendation will be to sell the property.
March 31: The former residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory sits under construction to be used as a rectory for six priests after Gregory moved to a nearby $2.2 million mansion for his own use in Atlanta. Gregory apologized for his spending and offered to put the home up for sale after Pope Francis permanently removed a German bishop for his lavish spending on a renovation project.AP
NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey man charged with shooting five people, killing one, at an off-campus party near Seton Hall University has been convicted of murder and attempted murder charges.
Nicholas Welch, of East Orange, was found guilty Monday on charges stemming from the September 2010 shooting that killed Jessica Moore, a 19-year-old sophomore honors student from Disputanta, Va. Four other students were wounded in the shooting.
The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1ffAHma) reports the 29-year-old Welch faces life in prison when he's sentenced May 30.
NEW YORK – Religious leaders say Pope Francis has quietly started a new era in relations between the Roman Catholic Church and rival Pentecostals. And he did it with just an iPhone and a video greeting.
Francis recorded the message in January on the phone of clergy friend with ties to the spirit-filled Pentecostal movement. The pope's friend then played the video for Pentecostal pastors in Texas and the greeting went viral.
Pentecostal movements have for years been draining parishioners from the Catholic Church, especially in Latin America.
BUTTE, Mont. – A Montana Catholic school teacher who was fired for being pregnant and unmarried has filed a discrimination complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Shaela Evenson taught middle school literature and physical education at Butte Central Schools for 9 years until the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena dismissed her on Jan. 10 for violating her employment contract, in which she agreed to follow Catholic teachings.
Her attorney, Brian Butler of Ohio, says the complaint was filed earlier this month.