- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania says it plans to sell the bishop’s residence, and some of the proceeds will benefit sexual abuse victims.

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown says Bishop Mark L. Bartchak will move into the rectory of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.

Spokesman Tony DeGol tells The Altoona Mirror (https://bit.ly/1jVWI8s ) that Bartchak’s schedule keeps him away from home frequently. DeGol says the bishop is a “simple man” who “doesn’t need to live in a house that large.”

A news release says proceeds from the sale will be applied to “pastoral needs” in the diocese, including the care of victims in sexual misconduct cases.


Information from: Altoona Mirror, https://www.altoonamirror.com

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