The Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles J. Chaput, has decided to sell the sixteen-room stone building, which was the residence of the Cardinal of the Catholic Church in that city for 76 years, and move to a much more modest house. The decision, which will be published soon, is connected to the expectation that in coming years it will soon be necessary to close schools and parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
A source which is well-informed on the subject said that Chaput, who has taken possession of the archdiocese in September, does not want faithful to suffer hardship due to the closure of schools and parishes while he lives in a “stately” residence. The sale of the building could reinforce the trend in Catholic dioceses to sell the lavish archbishop residences and move to less luxurious homes.
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