Chaput Sells Another Mansion

I heard about this a few days ago: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput is selling the episcopal mansion. I didn’t know that he sold a Colorado villa to live on the Denver seminary campus way back in 1999. Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the good archbishop to get moved to a few more sees, developing a rep for being a property liquidator.

One cynic I read doesn’t think much of this. Maybe Chaput should hold out, he suggested, for the real estate market to tick upwards. Check out the grounds on google maps here.

 

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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2 Responses to Chaput Sells Another Mansion

  1. John Drake says:

    I almost fainted dead away! You APPROVE of something a bishop has done!

    • Jimmy Mac says:

      Ah, but would he have done it if there wasn’t economic need to do so?

      This man did:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Joseph_Topel#cite_note-diocese-4

      (Bernard Joseph) Topel was nationally known for his austere lifestyle and devotion to the poor. He maintained a modest residence with neither heating nor a telephone. He received most of his food from his vegetable garden. He donated the profits from the sale of his crosier and pectoral cross to charity, and admitted that wearing an episcopal ring made him feel “a bit out of kilter.” He once declared, “I have come to the realization that the most important thing I can do in the church, and that applies to Christians in general, is to live simply in order to give money to the poor.”

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