Or was it a bishop? In the wake of parish closings and mergers, Camden, NJ laity are upset about a luxury home being purchased for five women religious. I thought it must be getting desperate (or racist) for people to object to housing sisters from Africa, but rumblings from a neighbor and a diocesan priest suggest the original plan was for the McMansion to house the bishop. The diocesan spokesperson conceded that the final decision on what to do with the property wasn’t made until the deal was complete. That means other ideas were getting tossed about. Besides a retreat house and a convent, what other reason would a diocese have to acquire such a property?
Eleven acres, six bedrooms, fountain and stables will require a lot of upkeep.