Newark Diocese Sells Archbishop’s Controversial ‘Luxury’ Retirement House for $910K

Archbishop John Myers was responsible for making payoffs to cover-up the Theodore McCarrick sex abuse scandal.

A sprawling retirement house used by former Newark Archbishop John J. Myers — that drew protests from some parishioners for being too lavish for a Catholic priest — has been sold, church officials said.

The Hunterdon County residential house, which included two elevators, indoor and outdoor pools and a three-story addition, sold last month for $910,000 to an undisclosed buyer, the Archdiocese of Newark said in a statement.

The real estate listing called the property a “private luxurious estate on 8+ acres.”

The sale came nine months after Myers died at age 79.

The five-bedroom house located on 8.3 wooded acres in the Pittstown section of Franklin Township had been controversial for years. In 2014, more than 22,000 people signed a petition calling on the Catholic Church to sell the house after The Star-Ledger published a story detailing a planned $500,000 addition to the residence with a library, indoor exercise pool, therapeutic whirlpool hot tub and multiple fireplaces.

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