Pandora Papers: Vatican-GOP Pedo-Cult tied to Florida Real Estate Empire

Leaked files reveal nearly $300 million stashed overseas for the Legion of Christ in wake of Vatican investigation. Millions were invested with a corporate landlord that evicted struggling U.S. tenants during pandemic.

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In January, Carlos Lomena, a truck driver in suburban Miami who lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic, begged a judge to stop his landlord from evicting him.

The 37-year-old Lomena hoped to get a fair shake in court. He’d emigrated from Venezuela after high school with a sense that the U.S. had a more just legal system.

In a letter to the Florida judge, he pointed to a recent extension of the nationwide moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus outbreak and asked for more time to pay his overdue rent.

“I do not have a place to go,” Lomena wrote, “nor the money to move into a new apartment.”

His landlord — a holding company formed by real estate firms in Miami and Iowa — wasn’t moved by his pleas; it had investors to satisfy. The company pressed the court to evict him and, in early February, the judge ruled that Lomena hadn’t filed the right form to prevent his eviction.

Within days, during the height of the pandemic, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office posted a large notice in bold red letters on his door ordering Lomena to vacate his home within 24 hours or be arrested for trespassing. Lomena isn’t alone.

Tenants across the country have faced aggressive tactics — including evictions during the pandemic — from a growing number of massive corporate landlords that draw on pools of money from wealthy investors around the world.

A trove of leaked documents reviewed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and 150 media partners provide an unprecedented view of global financial maneuvers that turn rent payments into big profits that are often hidden in accounts owned by shell companies controlled by anonymous investors.

The investors revealed in the leaked documents include offshore trusts holding hundreds of millions of dollars for the Legion of Christ, a wealthy Roman Catholic order disgraced by an international pedophilia scandal.  Read more…

https://www.icij.org/investigations/pandora-papers/legion-of-christ-us-property-evictions-offshore/

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  1. Unless we tax the churches, we have no idea how much money they have or where it comes from, or where it goes. They are simply not audited or monitored.
    If any community was even slightly above the drooling and mumbling stage of human development, they would keep a very close eye, on who they allow into their communities.
    The door is wide open to our children, and our money, and as we have seen, that is their focus. I find zero morality and zero spiritual benefit. I have met some good people who are priests or preachers, but I have met none that have a decent product due to their affiliations.