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Archbishop's mansion for sale.

BOSTON -- The Boston archdiocese has put up for sale the archbishop's residence to help pay for an $85 million settlement with victims of clergy sex abuse. On the market is the stately three-story mansion and more than 27 acres of surrounding land, according to Ft. Christopher Coyne, spokesperson for the archdiocese. The sale does not include the chancery, which houses archdiocesan offices, or St. John's Seminary. Since arriving in Boston in July, Archbishop Scan O'Malley has lived in an apartment behind the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Selling the residence helps fulfill O'Malley's promise that no collection plate money will be used to pay for the record settlement. A plan O'Malley presented to the archdiocesan Finance Council Dec. 3 proposes funding the settlement with short-term loans and paying back the lenders with proceeds from the sale of the Brighton property and insurance money.

Boston College, a Jesuit university located across the street from the chancery, has expressed interest in purchasing the property. The Associated Press reported that real estate experts say the land could fetch up to $20 million.
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Author:Coday, Dennis
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Date:Dec 12, 2003
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