Numerous American leaders tried, including Republican Senator Charles Sumner and Republican Secretary of State John Sherman, but none were Catholic. Sherman’s brother was Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, whose son became a Jesuit. Father and son’s conflict over Catholicism constitutes an affectionate brawl worth your attention.
Father Curtis said that he was directed to accept money from the federal government in connection with the virus, and he declined. Our parish takes no money from any government. This parish and any other legitimate church, charity, or private school that also refuses all federal aid benefits only from its tax-exempt status. No individual at this parish is receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars, and I possess the financial statements to prove it.
However, for a relevant story about government interference with churches, read