After a Saturday meeting at the Archdiocese of Atlanta in Smyrna, Archbishop Wilton Gregory and a trio of advisory councils have decided to sell his $2.2 million Buckhead mansion.
Gregory, had who moved into the nearly 6,400-square-foot home at the beginning of the year, had said earlier in the week that he would speak with several church councils about selling the Habersham Road home that sits on a 1.8-acre piece of property.
Since moving in, Gregory has been criticized by local Catholics who cited the example of austerity set by Pope Francis.
“After consultation with the members and hundreds of well-meaning parishioners of differing points of view, 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.
The money for the new home was made possible by a significant donation from the estate of Joseph Mitchell, nephew of Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone With The Wind."
Following his 2011 passing, Mitchell left an estate worth in excess of $15 million to the archdiocese on the condition it be utilized for "general religious and charitable purposes."