Back in May, I wrote about how at least 9,000 Catholic Churches (at the time) had gotten loans through the U.S. government's Paycheck Protection Program.
Now, late last week, we learned that taxpayer money to the Catholic Church in the United States was at least $1.4 billion through the program, and may have even exceeded $3.5 billion.
As just one example, the Archdiocese of New York received fifteen loans worth at least $28 million just for its top executive offices alone. I covered the Archdiocese of New York before when they faced a "reckoning" in the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal.
So between $1.4 and $3.5 billion in taxpayer money has been funneled to the church. This makes the Catholic Church the recipient of the greatest payout through the PPP. And it seems that New York is not alone.
Millions and millions of dollars went to dioceses that have had to pay out huge settlements in lawsuits over clerical sexual abuse and cover-up.
At least $2 million went to the diocese that includes Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia. It was there that Bishop Michael Bransfield resigned after embezzling money and sexually abusing multiple adults.
So as if the Trump administration has not already made a mockery of the wall separating church and state, now we have them diverting billions of dollars of taxpayer money to protect the Vatican's child sex abuse ring. As if the Vatican needs any more money.