Catholic Church got at least $1.4B in coro­n­avirus aid

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

NEW YORK — The U.S. Ro­man Catholic Church used a spe­cial and un­prece­dented ex­emp­tion from fed­eral rules to amass at least $1.4 bil­lion in tax­payer-backed coro­n­avirus aid, with many mil­lions go­ing to dio­ce­ses that have paid huge set­tle­ments or sought bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion be­cause of clergy sex­ual abuse cover-ups.

The church’s haul may have reached — or even ex­ceeded — $3.5 bil­lion, mak­ing a global re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tion with more than a bil­lion fol­low­ers among the big­gest win­ners in the U.S. gov­ern­ment’s pan­demic re­lief ef­forts, an As­so­ci­ated Press anal­y­sis of fed­eral data re­leased this week found.

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