As a resident in the Peachtree Heights West neighborhood [in Buckhead], I support the move of six priests [and their rectory] from the Cathedral of Christ the King to the residence the church owns on West Wesley Road, a block and a half from where I live.
Since 1939, Catholic priests have been respected neighbors on the Cathedral campus on Peachtree Road. The parish has grown and needs additional room for ministries, education, worship and meetings. To provide this space on campus, the priests will move two blocks to the West Wesley home the [Roman Catholic] Archdiocese [of Atlanta] has owned since the 1960s. Renovations are under way and a new wing is being built, on the site of a former garage, to provide sufficient living quarters.
City zoning and building codes have been adhered to and a building permit was lawfully issued. Still, a few nearby neighbors who call themselves “Protect Peachtree Heights West” are taking legal action in an effort to keep the priests out of the home. The leader of this small group told the Neighbor Newspapers [in its July 2 edition] Christ the King failed to notify the neighborhood about the issuance of a building permit; however, the general contractor and church representatives reviewed the approved plans with him in March, on the site. The zoning issues raised by this group are unfounded and their motives perplexing.
This same group is trying to sway neighborhood and public opinion against the church, while giving the false impression that they speak for the neighborhood at large.
Christ the King has served this neighborhood faithfully by educating many of our children, opening their facilities to the community and serving those in need. We should welcome them today as they have welcomed us for more than 75 years. Unfortunately, a vocal few are doing the opposite.