Poorer parishes, dioceses take a bigger hit from pandemic

Just as it was in much of American society this past year, the financial toll exacted by the coronavirus pandemic affected poor parishes and dioceses more starkly than it did larger and more well-to-do Catholic institutions.

While that’s not to say that bigger dioceses and parishes didn’t feel any sting — some dioceses started making cuts in the early months of the pandemic — smaller churches and dioceses at the outset didn’t have the financial wherewithal to deal with its consequences.

The year ahead may offer at least a glimmer of hope to dioceses and churches who nonetheless responded to the call for help and accompaniment, but the road is far from easy.

One thing is certain: The federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program was a lifeline to parishes and dioceses of all sizes.

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