Bishop won’t retire to $2.3 million home
The bishop for the Catholic Diocese of San Jose has reversed course and said he will not live in a $2.3 million Silicon Valley home that the diocese bought for his retirement.
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath acknowledged he “erred in judgment” and said he plans instead to live in a rectory at one of the diocese’s parishes, the San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday. The house will be put up for sale.
“I failed to consider adequately the housing crisis in this valley and the struggles of so many families and communities in light of that crisis,” McGrath said in a state- ment. “I have heard from many on this topic and I have decided not to move into this house.”
McGrath’s reversal came after the purchase of the nearly 3,300-squarefoot home (306-square meter) raised concerns among some of the diocese’s 640,000 Catholics, given the church’s mission of charity and serving the poor.
It also appeared at odds with McGrath’s previously expressed concerns about housing inequality in Northern California, where soaring housing prices have pushed some lower-income residents into homelessness.
The bishop, 73, said any profit from the home sale will be donated to Charities Housing.