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AP: Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B

 

Last updated 7/10/2020 at 10:57am



REESE DUNKLIN and MICHAEL REZENDES

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — 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...



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