House approves resolution to allow Mass on military installations during shutdown

This just in, from the Archdiocese for the Military Services: The United States House of Representatives today voted 400-1 to pass House Concurrent Resolution 58 calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to allow the continued performance of religious services on military installations during the government shutdown. The resolution was introduced by Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) [Read More...]

“I’m a vessel that God’s going to use”: A Chicago priest returns from serving in Afghanistan

Photo by Alex Garcia The story, from the Chicago Tribune:  Please don’t let him die. That’s not much of a prayer, I suppose, but it’s what I said to God five years ago as I sat in a pew at St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Church in Little Village and watched the Rev. Matt Foley [Read More...]

White House “Strongly Objects” to Amendment Protecting Religious Liberty for Soldiers

Details: Breitbart News reported last week that Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) passed an amendment in the House Armed Services Committee protecting religious speech of service members in the military. President Barack Obama has now threatened to veto the bill if it passes the full House and Senate. The White House released a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) [Read More...]

Pentagon refutes reports of anti-Christian policies

Details: Christian conservatives have grown increasingly alarmed in recent weeks over reports and rumors that the Pentagon is considering new policies aimed at discriminating against Christians and disciplining or even court-martialing those who share their faith. But the Department of Defense on Thursday (May 2) sought to debunk that speculation, saying that while aggressive proselytizing [Read More...]

Embattled chaplain sparks small vocations boom at George Washington University

You probably remember the controversy surrounding this chaplain at George Washington University.  Here’s something else you should know about him, from the National Catholic Register:  Father Greg Shaffer, the Catholic chaplain at George Washington University, learned early that a good pastor can defy the odds and lead the young to embrace a priestly vocation. Growing [Read More...]

Chaplains in demand following Boston bombing

Details:  Two days after the Boston Marathon bombings, Boston Medical Center chaplain Sister Maryanne Ruzzo was checking on staffers who’d been caring for the injured when she received a page. A bombing victim wanted to see her. The bedside was fraught with worry. A woman in her 30s had lost a leg to amputation as [Read More...]

Cardinal Wuerl defends embattled school chaplain in homily at George Washington University

You may remember the story of Fr. Greg Shaffer that made headlines several days back.  Washington’s cardinal archbishop Donald Wuerl celebrated Mass and preached a homily on the campus of George Washington University last Sunday.  He’s just posted the homily on his blog. The cardinal concluded:  The idea that the pastor of a parish today [Read More...]

God’s army: overflow crowd attends discernment retreat for military chaplains

Very impressive turnout: Twenty-six (26) men from every service branch of the U.S. armed forces and civilian life are gathered [in Menlo Park, California] today for a March 21-24 discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and military chaplains. The Vocations Office of [Read More...]

Posthumous Medal of Honor for Fr. Emil Kapaun, candidate for sainthood

Very good news, from Kansas: Emil Kapaun, a priest from Kansas celebrated for his actions during the Korean War and in a North Korean prisoner of war camp, will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama, the nation’s highest military award for bravery Former Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt of Goddard called The Eagle [Read More...]

Paging the deacon: meet the hospital chaplain, making his rounds

Another terrific profile of a deacon at work, from the St. Louis Review: Deacon Del Leonardo carries three pagers and a cell phone on him at all times. It’s a necessity in his work as a full-time evening and overnight chaplain at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, but Deacon Leonardo doesn’t mind all of the [Read More...]