Billionaire Bishops

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 8, 2021   

US bishops flush with taxpayer cash

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Bishops have been grabbing for government money with both hands while sitting atop billions of dollars.

On Feb. 4, the Associated Press released a thorough report showing how U.S. bishops raked in $3 billion in taxpayer money — originally meant to help small businesses weather the China virus lockdowns.

The scandal is that the bishops really didn't need the money. For nearly two decades, bishops have been consolidating diocesan finances in an effort to keep their money away from sex abuse victims.

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After almost 20 years of assuring Catholics and the world that clerical sex abuse was a sin of the past, the 2018 Summer of Shame proved that sex abuse is still an ongoing problem. And after two years of meetings and synods, nothing has been done to curb clerical homosexuality — the main cause of clerical sex abuse.
 
This happened in the United States where church attendance has been at an all-time low. On top of that, Catholic schools — including those that have been open for 100 years — have been closing at an alarming rate.
 
Now, it's become painfully evident many bishops replaced their love of God for love of the world.

In July, the federal government instituted the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), designed to give cash to small businesses to keep them from closing. As expected, bishops stepped out of their mansions and into the breadlines, scoring more than $3 billion in taxpayer cash.

They claimed Catholic schools needed the money to keep going while keeping their stock portfolios and endowments fat with cash, even though Church employees were laid off.

The bishops frittered away their moral authority over decades of silence in the face of evil beginning with contraception. Now, it's become painfully evident many bishops replaced their love of God for love of the world.

To learn more, watch today's episode of The Download — Billionaire Bishops.

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