Former Senator Rick Santorum Backing “Cathio” Cryptocurrency and Payments Venture

The boutique in the church basement and the collection basket will soon get their own private crypto network to compete for the hearts and minds of faithful millennial where apps like Venmo have failed them.

Rick Santorum, two-time Republican presidential candidate, “Grateful husband, blessed dad of 8”, reputed homophobe and avid Catholic is throwing his weight behind a forthcoming cryptocurrency (stablecoin) venture for Catholics called “Cathio,” Financial Times-Alphaville reports.

According to the Cathio website:

“Cathio provides Catholic organizations with a payments platform that aligns with Catholic values, provides the tools necessary to increase donations and connect with both local and global Catholic communities.”

The Cathio app also features a Catholic institution and event search feature, and purportedly “…blends seamless payments with community engagement where users can access a searchable directory, leave comments and give ratings to different organizations making it easier to discover the right community.”

The app can also enable donations, according to the Cathio site.

“Millennials don’t carry cash, they date on apps and watch on-demand entertainment. We have to be there, we have to learn from successful tech companies, and we have to provide a universal solution that makes it easy for younger generations to engage with the Church.”
As well the Cathio network will only charge them 2% for the privilege of conducting transparent financial transactions and “connecting good people with good works.”
Cathio is not the first explicitly socio-political cryptocurrency proposed or realized
In June of last year political strategist and alt-right leader Steve Bannon told The New York Times that, in addition to holding a “good stake” in Bitcoin, he was considering issuing his own cryptocurrency, tentatively called “Deplorables Coin.”
In December, Ohio Congressman Warren Davidson suggested in an interview with NPR that the contentious proposed wall between the US and Mexico could be funded through crowdfunding or tokens on a blockchain.
In early 2018, purveyors of a cryptocurrency called Harapan coin claimed to have already raised $120 million of a planned $257 million USD they planned to accumulated and supposedly use to topple 60 years of one-party rule in Malaysia.
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