Chaput Wants To List Historic Archbishop Residence For Sale

By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput is seeking to sell the large estate in Overbrook where he lives. Word of the sale comes as a blue ribbon commission prepares to recommend the closing of dozens of parish schools.

A source in the archdiocese says the proposal to sell the archbishops’ residence has been presented to the priests’ counsel and the finance counsel and now has only to be approved by the Vatican.

The eight-plus acre estate has been home to the archdiocese chief since 1935 but the source says the bishop does not want to continue to live in such splendor when he is about to ask area Catholics to accept sacrifices in the educational system.

On Friday, a blue ribbon commission makes a report on the future of the archdiocesan system and is expected to recommend that as many as a fifth of parish elementary schools close. The commission has been meeting for a year to come up with a comprehensive plan for the system– to avoid the annual round of cuts that have become a feature of the archdiocese for the last decade.

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One Comment

  1. Barb says:

    I was so pleased when Archbishop Chaput was appointed as the head of the Diocese of Philadelphia. He is just want Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania needed – a TRUE Shepherd!

  2. Gina says:

    Considering all the school closings and current legal issues, Rome needs to agree to the sale. It’s simply outrageous to hold onto and continue to maintain such a property when the poorest in this city are loosing their schools.

  3. interesting decision says:

    I’m glad to see a church leader who walks his talk, finally.

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