The news is out: [To the editor: My church, St. Mary of the Assumption, received a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan of $125,000. (“Sitting on billions, Catholic dioceses amassed taxpayer pandemic aid,” Feb. 4)
Since our church doors closed at the beginning of the pandemic, we have expanded our food bank and buried 275 people. We visit PIH Health Hospital in Whittier three times a week and answer emergency calls. We continue to teach children in our grade school and celebrate the sacraments.
We have been confused by the government guidelines, but all of our services are held outside because we believe it is safer. We have also asked our elderly parishioners and those with compromised health to stay home and participate online. Our weekly attendance is 25% what it was pre-pandemic, and our offerings are 75%.
With the PPP loan, we were at first able to pay our employees’ salaries; when the money ran out, we had to lay off five staff members.
It’s an old myth that the Catholic Church has billions of dollars lying around. I am grateful that we qualified for a PPP loan; I believe we used that money well. If we qualify for another loan, our church will apply and with that money feed more hungry, comfort more sick people, bury more of our dead and pay more salaries.
The Rev. Patrick Keyes, Whittier]
Patrick, Patrick, Patrick, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10).
It’s NOT an old myth that the Catholic Church has billions of dollars lying around. Your cult is actually the richest country in the world, with a ballpark figure at $120 billion just for the Vatican. The Catholic Church of Australia has an estimated worth of 20.9 billion US dollars, while the German branch is worth 25 billion.
Catholic charities always indicated a desire to help the poor yet help to the unfortunate remains the smallest part of the activities of the sect, since acquiring tax free money through deception is what the church is best known for.
The Catholic church also has many assets and artifacts that are priceless in nature, and they will remain that way forever. All were stolen. Nothing you have was acquired through work, it was all stolen from the poor uneducated masses, the black nations, and everywhere a priest set foot in.
So, you see, “father” Patrick, don’t be a “mother” by using a lie to hide your greed. Thou shalt not steal; Thou shalt not bear false witness; Thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbor’s.