Catholics in South Jersey were quick to point out Jesus was born in a manger not a mansion after reports the Camden diocese had plunked down half a million dollars for Bishop Dennis Sullivan's new digs here.
The 6,000-square-foot mansion was once the residence of Rowan University President Donald Farish. Sullivan, who took over leadership of the diocese after Bishop Joseph Galante retired in 2012, sought the new home for meetings with church donors and dignitaries.
Before coming to Camden, N.J., Sullivan, 68, worked as vicar general and auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York. He lived and worked in midtown Manhattan, in a particularly posh neighborhood near Rockefeller Center.
Sullivan, whom Pope Benedict appointed Jan. 8, 2013, and who was installed Feb. 12, now lives in an apartment off the St. Pius X Retreat House in Blackwood, N.J.