Atlanta archbishop apologizes over $2.2M mansion
ATLANTA (AP) The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta has apologized for building a $2.2 million mansion for himself.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory said in a column published Monday that he will sell the new residence and move elsewhere if that's what the people of his diocese want. He added that he failed to project the cost in terms of his "integrity and pastoral credibility."
The nearly 6,400-square-foot home sits in one of Atlanta's most exclusive neighborhoods. A group of Catholics met with Gregory in January to ask that he sell the residence and move back to his original home. His old home was purchased by the Cathedral of Christ The King so it could become a residence for its priests.
The cathedral purchased Gregory's old home using $1.9 million from a charitable donation.
Christian album added to National Recording Registry
WASHINGTON (AP) - A 1972 album by Christian rock pioneer Larry Norman has been added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.
"Only Visiting This Planet" included two of the controversial singer's best-known songs. "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" was about someone who missed the Rapture, while "The Great American Novel" harshly critiqued modern culture.
A statement by the Library called the album "the key work in the early history of Christian rock."
Boy Scouts removes gay troop leader in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) The Boys Scouts of America has removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle, saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.
The organization told Geoff McGrath in a letter Monday that it "has no choice" but to revoke his registration after he said he was gay while being profiled by NBC News.
McGrath, who is married to another man, has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its formation was approved last fall. He said the pastor of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church, the chartering organization, asked him to lead the troop.
The Boy Scouts began accepting openly gay members for the first time this year, over the objections of some participants who eventually left the organization. Gay-rights groups applauded the move, but it angered people who consider homosexuality a sin and a violation of Scouting values.