Thomas Griffin (8/17/20)
Why is the Media Lying about Church Finances? – Crisis Magazine (8/17/20)
Excerpt: “The Associated Press released a dubious report claiming the Catholic Church in the United States received over $1.4 billion in Covid-19 aid which was used, in part, as payoff money for families who have experienced sexual abuse by priests. Across the globe, the Associated Press claims, ‘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.’
With this the Associated Press’s investigative team threw a radical claim against the worldwide Church. Their claim is twofold. One, that taxpayer money which was given to the Church to pay their employees was used, rather, to pay off their legal fees and retribution for the worst type of abuse known to man—namely, abuse by the clergy of the most vulnerable. Two, that the Catholic Church should never have received any federal aid because they were not truly deserving of it due to their self-inflicted wounds of paying out lawsuits for abuse and because the law disqualifies loans for companies with over 500 employees.”
Thomas Griffin teaches Apologetics in the religion department at a Catholic high school on Long Island and lives with his wife. He received a master’s degree in theology and is currently a master’s candidate in philosophy. He writes for several Catholic media outlets.
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