Chicago Catholic parishes got as much as $63 million in federal PPP coronavirus money

Chicago Tribune

July 10, 2020

By David Heinzmann

Roman Catholic parishes and organizations in the Archdiocese of Chicago received between $24.4 million and $63.6 million in loans through the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program that was designed to save jobs amid the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to federal records.

The money was mostly applied for by individual parishes, so archdiocese officials said they did not immediately know the total of money received here.

The Archdiocese of Chicago itself did not apply for funds because it is a large employer with thousands of employees, many more than the threshold of 500 staff laid out by the PPP program, spokeswoman Paula Waters said.

Since the federal data on who received PPP money was released this week, public scrutiny has mounted on some deep-pocketed corporate interests that received millions from the forgivable loan program.

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