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TODAY   |  April 02, 2014

Archbishop apologizes for $2 million mansion

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta is apologizing for what some of his Roman Catholic parishioners are criticizing as a lavish new home, worth more than $2 million, built thanks to a large donation.

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>> with an apology from the roman archbishop. his home worth more than $2 million. gabe, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning. a spokesperson for the archdiocese says plans have been in the works for years. only lives in a small portion of the home. but pope francis known for his humili humility, clergy around the world seem to be drawing more scrutiny. $2.2 million. 6400 square feet . and now -- a lot of backlash. some of the faithful at atlanta's cathedral of christ the king are furious at wilton gregory 's new home built from a donation of the estate of margaret mitchell . author of "gone with the wind." archbishop gregory left his older, more modern house two months ago to make room for the priests living there. not all are against the move.

>> given the archbishop and his focus that all decisions are made, you know, thoughtfully and very prayfully.

>> but others say it contradicts the teachings of pope francis who lives humbly and simply driving his ford focus . just six days ago, he removed a parishioner for building a $43 million residence. and in new jersey, a bishop under fire for $500,000 addition to his retirement home .

>> i think when you're in religion and politics , you're held to a different level of accountability.

>> in the newspaper of the archdiocese, gregory apologized. i failed to consider the impact on the families throughout the archdiocese who, though struggling to pay their utilities and other bills faithfully respond year after year to my pleas to assist with funding our ministries and services.

>> you want to be able to entertain at the house, including barbecues and including pizza parties and sometimes it's just gatherings for tea.

>> i've been a parishioner at the cathedral of christ the king for 36 years, i've never been invited to anything at the archbishop's home.

>> the archbishop says that he will consult with several parish groups over the next few months and he says if it's the will of the people , the house will be sold.

>> gabe gutierrez, thank you very much.