Atlanta Bishop Apologizes for Lavish Mansion

Catholic families in Georgia want Archibishop Wilton Gregory to live a more modest lifestyle.
3:00 | 04/02/14

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We have a new story this morning about the power of pope Francis. Church leaders around the world being humbled by his example. Wilson Gregory forced to apologize and offered to leave a massive $2.2 million mansion in that city's neighborhood. Steve osunsami has the story. Reporter: This morning the calls from catholic family as cross Atlanta are urging archbishop Wilton Gregory to move out of his newly built mansion and into some more modest. I think that the pope has set the precedent of how we should live and I think it's simply. Reporter: The brand-new home was part of a well planned expansion project for the growing church and its staff. But it shocked parishioners with its $2.2 million price tag and more than 6,000 square feet. This is not the simple life celebrated by pope Francis. It has an elevator, two dining rooms and an eight burner gas stove. The original blueprints included plans for a wine cellar and a chandelier. The church says it has always planned to turn the archbishop's former home near the cathedral into a work space. With that residence being freed up we had the opportunity for meeting space, we have an opportunity for expansion for school opportunities. Reporter: But with a flood of complaints the archbishop was forced to apologize this week and now offering to move. I failed to consider the example I was setting, he wrote, to all of you, I apologize sincerely and from my heart. The new leadership in the Vatican hasn't taken lavish living lightly removing the bishop of bling, that German bishop who spent 43 million on a new residence and in New Jersey, John Meyers is still defending the half a million dollars he's spending adding a pool, fireplaces and other luxuries to his ematlanta's archbishop will meet with others later this month and decide whether to move. For "Good morning America," Steve sami, Atlanta. Now to someone doing the

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