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Atlanta Archbishop to Sell $2.2 Million Buckhead Mansion

"I have decided to sell the Habersham property and invest the proceeds from that sale into the needs of the Catholic community.” - Archbishop Wilton Gregory

The nearly 6,400-square-foot home on Habersham Road sits on a 1.8-acre piece of property. Credit: Screenshot from 11Alive
The nearly 6,400-square-foot home on Habersham Road sits on a 1.8-acre piece of property. Credit: Screenshot from 11Alive

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."

Read more about Saturday’s decision here and see the attached video from 11Alive.

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bredaroberts1 April 06, 2014 at 11:52 AM
It is the right thing to do. He puts himself in the position of losing his post by the Pope. As well, He and the other priests do not need such opulent housing , but should be catering to the poor and needy. I will pray for his more giving care of the Atlanta catholics in need.
don Gabacho April 06, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Archbishop or not, how can Gregory rationalize the manse and its wine cellar meeting the condition of the Mitchell donation? "For general religious and charitable purposes"? Does being Archbishop somehow exempt him from court of law?
Susan H. April 07, 2014 at 01:37 PM
Wait. The church actually used some of the $15 million to purchase the mansion? Or was the mansion part of the donation? If the Archbishop actually spent $2.2 million of the $15 million (almost 15%) on this purchase in order to personally live in opulence, then I am completely shocked. If the mansion was part of the gift, then it should have been sold immediately - avoiding the costs of upkeep. I'm sorry that the Archbishop succumbed to greed and opulence, but happy that he finally did the right thing.
stanley seigler April 07, 2014 at 03:14 PM
@Susan H.,re: "I'm sorry that the Archbishop succumbed to greed and opulence, but happy that he finally did the right thing" >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> +++ me too but more sorry WS brokers/banker succumbed ... they do more harm than the bishop and will never do the right thing +++ still looking forward to FRANCIS' comments... he'll take the bidhop to the woodshed.

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