Philadelphia Archdiocese Is Considering Plans to Build Large Home for Retiring Cardinal

San Francisco Chronicle [Philadelphia PA]
February 6, 2003

(02-06) 09:15 PST PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Roman Catholic archdiocese is considering plans to build a house for retiring Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua at a nearby seminary.

Bevilacqua, required by church law to resign when he turns 80 on June 17, now lives in a 16-room mansion that has been home to Philadelphia's archbishops since 1936.

The 4,800-square-foot house being proposed would be on the grounds of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where church spokeswoman Catherine Rossi said Bevilacqua would like to teach after his retirement.

The archdiocese received zoning approval for the building in December.

Bevilacqua, however, has not decided whether to approve the house or live in the priests' residence hall at the seminary, said Rossi, who said the proposal involves no major use of diocesan funds.

Construction costs are estimated at about $384,000, most of which would come from donations, according to an unidentified potential donor quoted Thursday in The Philadelphia Inquirer.


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