The Associated Press reports that although Gregory says he will most likely sell the recently built 6,400-square-foot residence, which was meant to be for his personal use, he hasn’t made up his mind just yet and is seeking advice from others in his diocese. Gregory admits that he hasn’t discussed the purchase of the home with those in the church hierarchy. The AP notes that the archbishop has sent documents describing his decision to buy and build the Tudor-style mansion, as well as his public letter of apology, to the pope’s Washington ambassador.
“I intend to speak directly and clearly, but more importantly I intend to listen to them, which I did not do effectively at the beginning of the process,” Gregory told the AP. “My heart tells me … they’re going to recommend that the property be sold. But I don’t want to anticipate that; I don’t want to deprive them of the opportunity to grapple with me over the situation. But I’d be surprised if they didn’t.”
Gregory’s current home situation arrives after he sold his old residence to the Christ the King Cathedral for $1.9 million in order to provide a place for priests to live, according to the AP, which stated the effort was an attempt to free up space on the cramped campus. Gregory ultimate used funds donated to the cathedral to pay the difference.
Gregory’s new mansion reportedly includes an upper-level safe room, an eight-burner kitchen stove, two dining rooms and an elevator. Although early plans for the home called for a wine room, it was scaled back. Gregory admitted that he opted for the least-expensive brickwork in regards to that part of the home.
“My first question was, ‘What’s the least expensive option?’ That’s what we would do. So yeah, it’s still very expensive … I’m not in any way distancing me from that,” he said. “Hindsight is always 20-20. And obviously, going forward, if the next stage is to sell that house, which as I said was a real possibility … I certainly won’t try to replicate that in a future purchase or rental.”
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