Chaplains express concern over “religion-free zone in the military”

Details from the Christian Post: An atheist activist group is claiming a victory in its ongoing effort to keep religious expression and symbols out of the U.S. armed services after it was announced that the Department of Defense is removing military edition Bibles from its exchange stores. A chaplain alliance group is asking Congress to [Read More...]

“Do this in memory of me…”

Lest we forget: while a lot of people consider these days to be the unofficial start of summer, they also serve to help us as a nation remember sacrifice, and loyalty, and pride.   Almost back-to-back, there’s Memorial Day, the anniversary of D-Day (today, 6 June) and then Flag Day (14 June) and, of course, [Read More...]

UPDATE: Jail will now allow sacramental wine for Mass

After this story hit, the jail has decided to change its policy. Details: A temporary policy allowing the use of sacramental wine in Catholic Mass at the Cannon Detention Center is now the jail’s permanent policy. A flareup this week over the use of wine during the celebration of Mass at the jail led to [Read More...]

Jewish chaplains finally get memorial at Arlington

Details from the AP: A memorial to 14 Jewish chaplains who died during active military service was dedicated Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, joining memorials to Protestant and Roman Catholic chaplains that had been in place for decades. Monday’s dedication service at the cemetery corrects an oversight that had more or less gone unnoticed until [Read More...]

Archbishop: no same sex marriages at West Point chapel

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” may be history, and same sex marriages may be legal in New York State, but the archbishop for the military says you won’t see any of them happening at Catholic chapel of the U.S. military academy in New York: The Holy Trinity chapel at the military school is a Catholic parish, [Read More...]

More men asking about becoming military chaplains

Are vocations to chaplaincy on the rebound?  Last week, the Archdiocese for Military Services issued a release that indicates that could be the case: Father Kerry Abbott, OFM Conv., Director of Vocations, said, “This is one of the ‘untold stories’ of the blessings of the Holy Spirit upon the Church and those Faithful fervently seeking to [Read More...]

"I wrestle being part of a church that is sometimes unable to preach the justice it professes…"

That was part of the potent and challenging message of a Catholic priest and theologian who spoke at a recent conference for chaplains in Milwaukee. Details: To achieve a genuine sense of unity within the Catholic Church, parishioners throughout the country need to embrace diversity and put aside prejudices, according to Fr. Bryan Massingale. An [Read More...]

Soldiers push for a chaplain for atheists

I know: it sounds like a headline from The Onion.  But it’s true. From the New York Times: In the military, there are more than 3,000 chaplains who minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of active duty troops, regardless of their faiths. The vast majority are Christians, a few are Jews or Muslims, one [Read More...]


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