Skip to comments.DOD Still Barring 50 Priests from Administering Sacraments, Locks Up Eucharist, Priest Sues
Posted on 10/15/2013 2:24:21 PM PDT by Rusty0604
Father Ray Leonard, who serves as the Catholic chaplain at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia, filed suit Monday against the Department of Defense, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Department of the Navy, and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. DOD is prohibiting Father Leonard and the other Catholic priests from administering the sacraments and providing other services to their congregations even though two weeks ago Congress passed, and President Barack Obama signed, a law that instructed DOD to maintain on the job and keep paying contract employees who were supporting the troops. DOD took this action because Hagel determined--after consulting with Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department--that civilian Catholic priests, working under contract as chaplains, did not, among other things, contribute to the morale and well-being of service personnel.
Father Leonard, who spent a decade serving the Tibetan population in China, likened the administrations behavior to that of the regime in the Peoples Republic. In China, I was disallowed from performing public religious services due to the lack of religious freedom in China, Father Leonard said in a statement. "I never imagined that when I returned home to the United States, that I would be forbidden from practicing my religious beliefs as I am called to do, and would be forbidden from helping and serving my faith community.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com ...
Well I guess that it doesn't say the military can't do it.
If need be, have the bishop provide emergency replacements and do it offship.
Yikes. Even the tabernacle is not immune to the barrycade.
It sounds as though without the magic wine, bread and the waving of the padre’s arms, none of these Catholics think they have a chance of going to heaven anymore. Perhaps they should read the Bible and notice none of this is necessary...if Jesus draws one to Himself. Time to swim the Tiber the other direction...if they can.
It’s a sign of the times. As a SDA, one of the hallmarks of the end is the United States no longer being a refuge for those of the Christian faith, but an enemy of God.
I am not Catholic either but you seem to miss the point of this news. Is it OK with you that the gov’t is preventing its military from practicing their religion as long as it is not your religion?
The DOD is in violation of The First Ammendment.
The administration has bypassed the Constitution.
First they came for the communists...
Of course it is "okay" if they "prevent" this. You see, the problem with the question is that there is no "practicing" real Christianity. Only those who have overlain biblical Christianity with a "religion" need to practice anything. Perhaps they expunged John 4:21ff, "Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and NOW IS, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers."
Well, isn't that nice...
Oh, they are coming for us all right. The question is, will we need our props when they get here?
ping to 11
We are in SC babysitting for our three grandchildren who attend a catholic school. Tonight our first grader came home and when I checked her homework for the night, one if her assignments was to say three HAIL MARYS for President Obama. I would love to know why.
Pray he stops the attacks on Religion? Islam is his exception.
Always great to see that, when push comes to shove, a certain portion of FReeper “Christians” will take anyone’s side against Catholics.
yeah sure Du..
“Unless you eat of the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood you will not have life within you.” John 6:53-58
“These words are too hard” John 6:60-66 and DutchBoy88
No, it is not okay. The USA does not have a state religion. Is “free exercise thereof” too difficult to understand?
Yes, by all means, join us. Come rush to defend the gutter-filth being spewed. Come show us all your Christian unity and charity. Come display for us your peaceful, loving “mission”. Stand up and be counted, Jesus lovers. Come join your pal in his trashy, despicable bigotry.