The lavish homes of American archbishops

The rationalization that spokespersons for both Dolan and George gave are something else.  Basically, the mansions are historical buildings and there are offices in them and this makes it hard to sell them??…..Reyanna

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor, no date listed on article. CNN.com

Clearly, “lifestyles of the rich and religious” doesn’t cut it for Pope Francis.

The pontiff has said it “breaks my heart” to see priests and nuns driving the latest-model cars.

He’s blasted “airport bishops” who spend more time jet-setting than tending to their flocks.

And he’s warned against church leaders who bear the “psychology of princes.”

The Vatican fired one such “prince” last year: German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst — aka “The Bishop of Bling” — who spent $43 million to remodel his opulent pad.

(Bronze window frames? $2.4 million. Getting on the wrong side of the Pope? Far more pricey.)

“God save us from a worldly Church with superficial spiritual and pastoral trappings!” Francis said in his book-length blueprint for the church. (To continue reading, click here.)

Say what you will, but this Pope puts his preaching into practice.

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