Saturday, October 5, 2013

Government Shutdown hampering freedom of religion

The Catholic Church maintains something called Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA to ensure that Catholic serving in the US military are able to gain access to priests and religious services. They are chronically understaffed. 25% of the military is Catholic while 8% of military chaplains are. To fill that gap, priests are brought in on contract and from outside the military but in the government (GS priests). According to the General Counsel of the Archdiocese in an October 3rd release, these supplementary priests face legal penalties if they continue to serve even on a volunteer basis.

You can't get much dumber or more illegal than this. Priests do their work as a job but they also do their work as a vocation. No priest has the financial resources to defend themselves against the Feds. They are being denied the right to practice their vocation with their accustomed flock. That means weddings, baptisms, confessions, all these things are put on hold or must be done with care to avoid arrest.

This is outrageous. This is evil.