ATLANTA – The Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta seems to have gotten the pope's message about living modestly.
Just days ago, Pope Francis removed a German bishop for his lavish spending on a new residence. Now, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory has bowed to criticism from local Catholics and apologized for buying a $2.2 million mansion for his own use.
Gregory offered to sell the spacious home, if that is what local church representatives want. The archbishop says he failed to consider the project's cost on his own "integrity and pastoral credibility."
Bishops can expect more scrutiny on their lifestyles. Church leaders realized the coming challenge as soon as Francis took a Vatican bus, instead of the traditional papal sedan and security detail, back to his hotel after he was elected.