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Report: 9,000 Catholic Churches Receiving Taxpayer Money Meant For Small Businesses

May 8, 2020

By Michael Stone

Tax The Church: In a clear violation of common sense and the separation of church and state, at least 9,000 Catholic churches are receiving taxpayer money meant to help small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.

CBS News reports:

More than 12,000 Catholic churches in the U.S. applied for PPP loans – and 9,000 got them.

NPR reports:

Of the approximately 17,000 Catholic parishes in the country, about 10,000 applied for PPP loans in the first round of lending, according to Pat Markey, executive director of the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference. Of those, 6,000 had their applications approved. About 3,000 additional parishes have been notified that their applications were accepted in the second round.

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