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New Chicago archbishop to live in rectory rather than mansion

October 23, 2014

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Archbishop-designate Blaise Cupich of Chicago has decided in live the cathedral rectory rather than in the mansion that has been the home of his predecessors since 1885, according to an announcement from the archdiocese.

An archdiocesan committee will decide on the future of the mansion, which is currently appraised at $14.3 million.


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  • Posted by: feedback - Oct. 23, 2014 12:29 PM ET USA

    The $14.3 million value comes mostly from a prime location of the residence: just north of Chicago's downtown and near the lake. The old house is in need of repairs and does not look like any sort of a "mansion." Also, it's much easier (cheaper) to maintain security for the Archbishop at the "mansion" than it would be at the Cathedral rectory.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Oct. 23, 2014 10:42 AM ET USA

    I applaud this move and only regret that something like it wasn't done long ago in every diocese. While I am distressed by many other papal actions lately, and though the fiasco of the recent Synod arranged by the pope thoroughly appalls me, this episcopal de-gentrification is one area where Pope Francis' example is valid and valuable.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Oct. 23, 2014 10:41 AM ET USA

    I seem to remember that when Cdl George had proposed selling the mansion the locals protested that their poor immigrant ancestors had donated for its construction and they do not want it sold. My own bishop (Robert Morlino in Madison, WI) lives in his cathedral rectory and has since prior to Pope Francis so it is no surprise that this is the trend right now.