Bishop won’t re­tire to $2.3 mil­lion home

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SAN JOSE

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.

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