Didn’t Have A Plan But Turned Out To Be Catholics in the Military

Ladies, Gentlemen,

It is two in the freaking morning and I am exhausted, but can’t sleep. Never fun. I cannot possibly think of an organized post right now, so fasten your seat-belts, we are going to delve into my sub-concious, ADD-fueled thoughts.

1. About 20-25% of Americans are Catholic. Not enough, but no small number. Biggest denomination anyways, so take that! BUT 45-50% of the U.S Military is Catholic, a number clearly disproportionate to the population. What are we to take from this? Quite simply, Catholics are disproportionately more badass in relation to the population. I always suspected as much.

2. In relation to the first point, I have thought up why Catholics make such stellar soldiers, and thus begins my list within a list:

1. Little to no fear of death. This helps a lot.

2. The rather insane idea that suffering can be offered up for the good of the world. Others cry, Catholics get shot in the chest and say “Sweet! Now I can do reparation!”

3. Long and illustrious military history. Our ancestors were knights.

4. Strong sense of justice. No moral relativism here folks, the innocent helpless need protecting.

5. Already part of the Church Militant, might as well be part of the U.S Military. Interestingly enough I’ve heard a from a few characters that a Catholic cannot in good conscience be in the military, and thus begins my list within a list within a list:

  • A lady at the March for Life who had a sign declaring all soldiers murderers. “Killers.” I said, approaching her with a warm smile. She was confused. “Killers, not murderers.” I continued, “Well-trained killers.” She was not amused by my semantic distinctions. But I held, and still hold, that the distinction is important. Killing innocent life is never justified; it is murder. Killing to protect innocent life is never murder, just a terrible and necessary right, a right God has made clear throughout the Bible and the Catechism.

  •  A priest – an otherwise genial man – who, whenever a prayer is offered aloud for the protection of the U.S Military men and women, says “and for all those affected by their war-making, let us pray to the Lord.” “Lord hear our prayer” we mumble awkwardly, while I plea “Lord hear someone else’s prayers, this guy’s is straight up ridiculous.” The Vatican makes very, very clear that Catholics can be soldiers in good conscious.  Don’t take my word for it, check it out:

 All citizens and all governments are obliged to work for the avoidance of war. Despite this admonition of the Church, it sometimes becomes necessary to use force to obtain the end of justice. This is the right, and the duty, of those who have responsibilities for others, such as civil leaders and police forces. While individuals may renounce all violence those who must preserve justice may not do so, though it should be the last resort, “once all peace efforts have failed.” (CCC 2307-17)

3. Moving on. The love of God is awesome. There is nowhere I can escape it. I was in adoration and I was delighted with my God. He was there and I was in love, gazing at him with an attention that could only have come from Him. Then it hit me that God gazes back at me, with all the same emotions and thoughts, only infinitely more. He delights in me, He looks at me and says “Wow!” He gazes at me in a rapt attention I could never match. Then I cry, because what a God we have that is enraptured with creatures miserable as ourselves. If there’s one thing to take away form this entire blog, it’s this. God loves us, and we don’t deserve a bit of it.

4. Good night, good people.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04102249990885174107 RAnn

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15549586633054147367 Pennycake

    Catholicism is not a denomination, because a denomination is a derivative, and Catholicism is the Original. =D again, great post!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12659710455999003457 Nanette

    A million people should be following your blog. Glad I'm one of them. Most of what you say, could knock some sense into 'em. ;) Ncrookedhalocatholicblog.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13819996675905716645 yourboy

    I have no experience but if there are Catholics out there who really appreciate the burden they're shouldering as much as you think they do, power to 'em.Great blog btw

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07444836869163443837 jacsab

    Where did you find these informations?? I need it to answer to an atheist.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12679230722483582032 Marc

    I can't find anything on the web. My dad is in the army and he knows the statistics. This is from the 80's but does mention that there is a higher percentage of Catholics in the military than in the general population:http://www.nytimes.com/1989/03/04/us/military-is-short-of-catholic-chaplains.htmlI'll let you know when I have more.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04100324061404174766 EadsCAP

    Just amazing Marc… Such an amazing blog! Keep doing what you do!

  • Ryan Kraeger

    This may be true, but I will also say (as a Catholic in the military) that most of those in the military who claim Roman Catholic on their dog tags do not practice their faith. I will add that the more special the unit, the more likely the religious people are to be religious in general. Thus I have met a disproportionate number of practicing Catholics who were green berets, or in Delta force support, despite these being relatively small portions (less than one percent) of the overall military.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063081776 William Weedman

    My current parish the prayer is “For those in the military, and those that they serve, we pray… ” As a Catholic veteran I had to think about that. “Those that they serve.” The American people yes, but also the oppressed that they are trying to free, those who cannot defend themselves…no mention of “friendly” or “enemy” in there, and no apology for what we have done, are doing, and will do in the future as Catholic Military.

  • Laurie Schultz

    when are you entering seminary :)

  • Aubrey

    (Yes, a near two-year delay on this comment. A friend sent the link to me.)

    Brilliant. I am a Roman Catholic. I have four brothers. Two are military … the only two of them who are practicing Catholics. One is a Marine … and not just any kind of Marine, a bad-ass Recon Marine. He loves to suffer. It’s funny and seriously admirable, all at the same time. The other brother is holed up in the bowels of a very large aircraft carrier, running its nuclear reactors so that the ship can be a moving, bad-ass 4.5 acres of sovereign territory right off the coast of Iran. I love it. And these are the same brothers who wrestle, tickle, and cuddle my children. These men call home to talk to my children on the phone and when home on leave, their school as “show-and-tell” in their uniforms. They are good and holy men. They are military men. Bravo Zulu! Oorah!