The episcopal mansion used by the archbishops of Philadelphia has been sold to St Joseph’s University. That’s some domestic square footage–more than twenty-four times the footprint of my home. Just think: two dozen teenagers could be trying on their white homecoming dresses in its rooms this week–not even counting the 8.9 acres for lawn parties. The NCR piece includes an air image of the property. Just to the upper right of the house, you can see the emptied concrete basins that were once swimming pools.
It’s a good move. I wish it had saved jobs. Jobs are in short enough supply for Americans. Archbishop Chaput is moving in with the seminarians. It was a good era for the US bishops when some of their number lived in rectories, a care facility, or a humble apartment. Such are helpful gestures and show moral leadership.