American Bishops Offer Apologies to Pope Francis

Two bishops seek forgiveness after they purchased big homes with parish funds.
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And tonight, the pressure is on. A year ago, pope Francis told his clergy to live simply, to be modest. But tonight, two American bishops are trying to apologize for big homes and a pool paid for with money intended to help the work of the parish. ABC's Steve osunsami tells us. Reporter: Holy expensive. This brand new $2.2 million, 6,000 square foot home is the new residence for the catholic archbishop of Atlanta. And across the church, they are furious. I think it's inappropriate. Reporter: It's such a far cry from the simple live preached by the new hope. Among other things, it has two dining rooms, an elevator and an eight-burner gas stove. This is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in America. The owner of the Atlanta falcons lives just around the block. The land and the money both came from the nephew of "Gone with the wind" author Margaret Mitchell who stressed it be used for charitable causes. The construction was called a personal failure, offering to move out and sell the home. "I failed to consider the impact on the families throughout the archdiocese," me wrote, "Who, thousand struggling pay their mortgages, faithfully respond year after year to my pleas to assist with funding." Just last week, pro Francis removed a German bishop who spent $43 million on a new residence. No word yet if the Vatican plans to send any suggestions at all to Atlanta. They should give it to charity before that build a beautiful house. Reporter: And in New Jersey, parishioners are still withholding donations after learning John myers spent half a million dollars on his home, adding an indoor pool, fire places and a library. He feels the criticism is grossly unfair. Steve osunsami, ABC nushgsz Atlanta.

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