ATLANTA — Archbishop Wilton Gregory on Saturday said he will vacate and sell a multimillion dollar mansion in Buckhead, following criticism from some parishioners the home is too extravagant.
“After consultation with the members who were available to attend from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Archdiocesan Finance Council, and the Council of Priests, and hundreds of well-meaning parishioners of differing points of view some who sent written observations, as well as my own personal reflection and prayer, I have decided to sell the Habersham property and invest the proceeds from that sale into the needs of the Catholic community,” Gregory said in a statement.
Gregory indicated he planned to vacate the residence in early May and move into another available Archdiocesan property.
“In early May, I will vacate the house,” Gregory said. “At this time we are considering a number of locations including another Archdiocesan property excluding the former residence”.
“I want to thank those parishioners whose prayers, counsel and concern brought this issue to light and ensured that their Archbishop was properly attuned to the important symbolism of simple actions and the challenges faced by many of the faithful in the Archdiocese of Atlanta,” Gregory added.