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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Catholicism's new front in the cultural wars?

The Military Is Now Telling Catholic Chaplains What They Can And Can't Say About The Obama Administration
Michael Brendan Dougherty @

The emerging conflict between the Catholic Church and the Obama administration may have a new front: in the U.S. military itself.

The Catholic Church is fighting mad about an HHS ruling that would have them buy insurance for things they consider sinful–contraception, sterilization and abortion.

All the bishops in the country sent out a letter to be read in their parishes promising that the Church "cannot-and will not-comply with this unjust law."

Even Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who is in charge of Catholic military chaplains sent out the same letter.

But after he did, the Army's Office of the Chief of Chaplains sent out another communication forbidding Catholic priests to read the letter, in part because it seemed to encourage civil disobedience, and could be read as seditious against the Commander-in-Chief.

More than one Catholic chaplain who spoke to us off the record confirmed that many chaplains disobeyed this instruction and read the letter anyway. Others sought further instructions from their Archbishop.

Now after much behind-the-scenes bureaucratic wrangling, a new version of the letter will be read, one that was edited of the language about "unjust laws."

A new statement issued this afternoon from Archbishop Broglio's office acknowledged the interference this way:

Archbishop Broglio and the Archdiocese stand firm in the belief, based on legal precedent, that such a directive from the Army constituted a violation of his Constitutionally-protected right of free speech and the free exercise of religion, as well as those same rights of all military chaplains and their congregants.

Following a discussion between Archbishop Broglio and the Secretary of the Army, The Honorable John McHugh, it was agreed that it was a mistake to stop the reading of the Archbishop's letter. Additionally, the line: "We cannot-we will not-comply with this unjust law" was removed by Archbishop Broglio at the suggestion of Secretary McHugh over the concern that it could potentially be misunderstood as a call to civil disobedience.

It's an issue that Catholic chaplains are taking very seriously in private. We obtained a confidential letter sent to the chaplains that prepares priests to contact the Military Archdiocesan lawyer in case of more interference or any punishment.

The Archdiocese believes that any attempt to keep a chaplain from freely teaching and preaching the Catholic faith, for which you were endorsed, is a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution. If any of you are in any way punished or slated for punitive action, I ask that you kindly call our Archdiocesan Attorney, John L. Schlageter, Esq. at 202-719-3635 and he will immediately place you into contact with a Religious Freedom Law Firm that will be most willing to take your case free of charge.

The letter also tries to clarify to priests that the Archbishop's letter "concerns a moral, not a political issue."

While it is true that soldiers do not have an unlimited right to free speech or political action, the military does not want to strain relations with the Catholic Church and its chaplains who provide services to many service members of all faiths.

(End of story, my comments follow.)

As I recall, if the military is dissatisfied with a chaplain's performance he can be discharged. But that might not be the smartest move for the Obama Administration.

And it IS the Obama Administration that is involved in this, our military is directed by the Commander-in-Chief and his appointed representatives.

This whole HHS mandate seems to be ill conceived and executed. But I don't think the Administration is so stupid as to do something that would guarantee a major problem in the upcoming election. We should wait and see what happens next, with the current crop of fools and criminals running our nation I believe anything is possible.

I do mean A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G.


Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

I wonder if there's a possiblity of a revolt in the ranks if the troops (Catholic and conservative Protestants) if the the HHS dictate is enforced. Will that revolt happen as a mass exodus from military life or will the troops take up arms?

Subvet said...

Steve "scotju" Dalton, I doubt it. My experience with religious believers in the military is that they'd be cautious of any action that could be misconstrued and lead to a major slapdown of them. They're focused on their military committment, should it become intolerable for them due to muzzling of the chaplains, they'll quietly bide their time until they can be honorably discharged. Expressing immidiate ire and indignation is a battle to be waged mainly by the wives and families who also attend religious services on the various bases. Unlike their uniform-wearing relatives, there is no formal restriction on them airing their gripes & beliefs.

But overall, it would have an adverse effect on retention. I believe we'll soon see that anyway as the sociological experimentation involved in the repeal of DADT is made more evident in day-to-day activities.

So in the end we'll see less men & women in uniform who are focused on their primary mission (defense of the nation). But we WILL see a more politically correct and religiously apathetic fighting force.

I could be wrong and I hope I am. But God's will be done.

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