Scandal

Philadelphia Archdiocese Selling Property to Cut Deficit

The archdiocese faces a budget gap estimated at $6 million, and $11 million in legal costs over pedophilia scandal.

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The financially strapped Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia said on Monday it will proceed with plans to sell major facilities in an effort to close a multimillion-dollar budget deficit.

The sale includes the archbishop's residence in Philadelphia, a rural Pennsylvania retreat center and a 19-room beachfront mansion in Ventnor, New Jersey, used by vacationing elderly priests, the Church said.