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Philadelphia archdiocese’s Jersey Shore home for priests auctioned for $4.1M

September 19, 2012

A Jersey Shore home for elderly and vacationing priests, owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since 1963, has been auctioned for $4.125 million. The proceeds from the auction of the 21,875-square-foot mansion will help the archdiocese reduce its budget deficit, projected at $6 million this year.

Cardinal John Krol, who served as archbishop from 1961 to 1988, acquired the property; the buyers, Steve and Ilene Berger, have pledged to hold an annual reception for priests.


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  • Posted by: John Chrysostom - Sep. 19, 2012 9:06 PM ET USA

    Good move. But unfortunately the Catholic bishops are still blind to the issues that drive people from Catholic parishes, including the acceptance of homosexual priests. I have the utmost respect for the cross that homosexuals carry and pray for them daily. But they should not be priests.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Sep. 19, 2012 2:02 PM ET USA

    Archbishop Chaput is moving to clean house and set things right. He has my prayers.