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Bishop’s New Home Too Extravagant?

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Woodbury, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Bishop Dennis Sullivan of the Camden diocese has a new home that is causing quite a stir. The diocese purchased the 6,000 square foot home in Woodbury, New Jersey for $500,000. Now, some are wondering if it is too extravagant for a man of God.

The home was previously owned but Rowan University and used to house their president. It sits on 1.14 acres of land, has 5 bedrooms, a 3-car garage and a heated pool. Rowan originally listed the home for nearly $800,000 and it wouldn’t sell. Eventually, the Camden diocese was able to close on the home for $500,000.

Even though the price paid was much lower than the original asking price, some still think it was too much to spend on the bishop.

Director of Communications for the Camden diocese, Peter Feuerherd, said that he didn’t see a problem with the cost of the home. It turns out the diocese is about to close on the sale of the previous bishop’s home for $395,000–making the new investment in this home $105,000.

Feuerherd also explained that there will be two other priests living in the house and that it will also be used for workspace and meetings.

Anne Barrett Doyle from Bishop-Accountability.org, a non-profit agency chimed in on this controversy. Doyle brought light to why some may disagree with the spending.

“Bishops across the country have done symbolic things like move out of the bishop’s mansions into humble rectories and we shouldn’t overemphasize the importance of that. It’s just that it reminds us that this diocese has not been on the side of those who are most powerless and who could use their voice and their wealth,” she said.

To learn more about the organization, please visit: http://www.bishop-accountability.org

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