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Michael Rezendes

Michael Rezendes is an author at Religion News Service.

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Sitting on billions, Catholic dioceses amassed taxpayer aid

February 4, 2021

(AP) — Overall, the nation’s nearly 200 dioceses, where bishops and cardinals govern, and other Catholic institutions received at least $3 billion.

Former Catholic brother returned to face Mississippi charges

September 3, 2020

(AP) — Two men have accused Paul A. West, once a Franciscan Friar and fourth-grade teacher, of molesting them in Mississippi, Wisconsin and New York while they were elementary school students.

Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B

July 10, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used an unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with millions going to dioceses that have struggled financially because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.

Survivors demand US investigation of Mississippi abuse deals

August 30, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Catholic sex abuse survivors in Mississippi and Wisconsin demanded that federal authorities investigate allegations from three black Mississippi men who say they were molested by Franciscan friars during the mid-1990s.

In Mississippi Delta, Catholic abuse cases for black victims settled on cheap

August 27, 2019

In Mississippi, black Catholic victims of abuse were offered settlements far smaller than those give to white victims.

Victims question Kamala Harris’ record on clergy abuse

June 26, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Survivors of clergy abuse and their attorneys complain that Harris was consistently silent on the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal — first as district attorney in San Francisco and later as California’s attorney general.

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