CNN has a story on some archbishops' homes. Keep in mind that these homes belong to the various archdioceses and not to the current occupant and many are close to 100 years old if not older.
My rectory in Macon is large but not lavish and currently houses three priests and one seminarian. It also houses most of our offices. It was built by the Jesuits in the late 1930's I think. Each priest, including me, have two small rooms and a private small bath. The seminarian is in our only guest room.
Replacement value would be over a million dollars.
The rectory no more belongs to me than the church next door which would cost around $15 million to replace if not more.
So, why is there this recent preoccupation with Catholic bishops' residences which they do not personally own compared to some of the lavish homes of Protestant ministers who do own their homes. Think Joel Osteen and some African American pastors, not to mention Jewish rabbis!
Here is an excerpt from the CNN expose:
The complete story can be seen HERE.
A CNN investigation found that at least , according to church and government records.* That's not counting hundreds of retired and active Catholic bishops in smaller cities, some of whom live equally large. Among archbishops, leads the pack with this 15,000-square-foot mansion on Madison Avenue, in one of the priciest corridors of Manhattan.