The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is putting a nine-bedroom, New Jersey beachfront home up for sale in an effort to pay up a $17 million budget deficit including an estimated $10 million in legal fees acquired during a child sex abuse case which found Monsignor William Lynn guilty of child endangerment for his role in covering up the actions of a pedophile priest.
The beach house, worth an estimated $6.2 million, was acquired by the archdiocese in 1963 and is used as a vacation home for retired priests. The property is known as Villa St. Joseph by the Sea. The New Haven Register reports the archdiocese paid $115,000 in property taxes for the beach house last year, and paid for the beach house staff, including cooks, waiters, and caretakers.
The beach house will be closed on down this weekend, and is soon to be listed with a real estate broker. The property is located in Ventnor, N.J. and covers an entire block.