Anglican Archbishop Who Chides Others For Not Loving the Poor Enough Lives in a Palace

I wrote yesterday about the lack of self-reflection by U.K. Archbishop John Sentamu, whose Anglican Church is both ultra-wealthy and keen on special tax breaks; His Excellence nonetheless believes he has the moral standing to harangue smart taxpayers into coughing up more money to save dying children.

An attentive reader sent me a picture of the Archbishop’s residence, called Bishopthorpe Palace, near York. And a palace it is indeed. I found some additional photos of the mega-mansion for you.

Not too shabby, eh?

Here’s a look at the inside of Archbishop Sentamu’s digs.

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I wonder in which one of those innumerable grandly furnished rooms His Grace pens his sermons, with divine inspiration, admonishing the flock to do more for the downtrodden and the poor.

About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder of Moral Compass, a now dormant site that poked fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards. He joined Friendly Atheist in 2013.

  • Susana Paço

    The bugger probably claims that he lives there just to “keep the palace in a good state of conservation”

    this is the problem of the world. 21st man thinking they’re still in the 16th century

  • Lee Miller

    Looks cozy. I’m sure Jesus would approve.

  • WallofSleep

    This must be one of those hypocrites Jesus talked about.

  • duke_of_omnium

    In fairness, that’s not HIS palace; it goes with the job.

  • WallofSleep

    In fairness, if the church wants to be seen as credible, it should divest itself of it’s obscene wealth and use it to help the poor even more.

  • duke_of_omnium

    It’s a “yeah but” situation. Even pretending that they were willing, divestiture would give a one-time windfall to the church, that they could use once to help the poor. If Jesus got one thing in the gospels right, it was “the poor will be with you always.” What happens when the next batch of the impoverished comes along?

  • Liam Huitzilopochtli McCleary

    “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.”

    Their words, not mine.

  • WallofSleep

    “What happens when the next batch of the impoverished comes along?”

    I don’t know, but I can tell you this: they certainly won’t be finding shelter in any of these goddamned catholic palaces.

  • WallofSleep

    That’s only for us rabble, it does not apply to clergy. I wish I was being sarcastic.

  • Feminerd

    Set up lots of trust funds; scholarships, food funds, housing funds, etc. Use some of the principal to help people, but put enough away to set up giant trust funds for the poor.

  • Miss_Beara

    “Do as I say, not as I do. Duh!”

    - Archbishop Sentamu

  • duke_of_omnium

    Anglican. And that’s an important distinction, given the legal status of the Church of England.

  • WallofSleep

    Hahaha! My bad, and duly noted. I just see shit like this and automatically think RCC. And hell, “Anglican” was right there in the title of the OP. Boy is my face red.

  • duke_of_omnium

    Probably the biggest reason that “Anglican” makes a difference is that if this stopped being an archiepiscopal palace, it would become a National Historical Landmark or whatever they call them. Traditionally, England had only two archbishops, Canterbury and York, which means that the trappings of both are going to be historically significant.

  • Acleron

    These buggers want to live in the 16th century. They want to go back to the days when they were in charge, when people were forced to tithe their income to the church and when no-one was allowed to speak up against them.

  • Hat Stealer

    That’s a very good reason for not helping people. “Y’know, we could do something to make the situation better, but it will just get worse eventually, so why bother?”

  • Rose

    I’m not sure Henry VII’s solution was a good idea either.
    The 16th century was a time of tremendous religous upheaval. So many beautiful buildings were destroyed in the dissolution of the monasteries.

  • Geoff Boulton

    A 5bn, current value of the CofE, trust fund would do an awful lot of good so don’t give us the ‘it would only be a one-off payment, it wouldn’t change anything’ rubbish. Add in the combined worth of all the world’s religions, if only they would publish figures, and who knows what could be achieved.

  • Steve UK

    English atheist, nuff said.

  • Drakk

    Beauty is subjective. I see nothing appealing in what is essentially a monument to ignorance.

  • Matt D

    Reminds me of my stepdads favorite saying when I occasionally pointed out his hypocrisy.
    “Do as I say, not as I do”.