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Conflict between Pentagon and Catholic military chaplains brews over Ďdonít ask, donít tellí
DailyCaller.com ^ | 06/07/2010 | Updated: 5:04 PM 04/26/2011 | Paul Conner

Posted on 10/03/2011 10:52:57 PM PDT by Salvation

By Paul Conner - The Daily Caller
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(From left) Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. military, Pope Benedict XVI, and then-President George W. Bush during the Popes 2008 visit to the United States.

The archbishop for the U.S. military spoke out for the first time against the effort to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” setting up a possible conflict between Pentagon brass and the 285 Roman Catholic priests who serve on active-duty  in the military.

“Those with a homosexual orientation can expect respect and treatment worthy of their human dignity,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Catholic overseer for military chaplains, in a statement released late last week. “However, unions between individuals of the same gender resembling marriage will not be accepted or blessed by Catholic chaplains.”

Broglio was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI two and a half years ago, though it is unclear if the archbishop speaks for the Vatican, which has so far been mum on the issue.

Catholic priests serve an estimated 1.5 million Catholic men and women in the U.S. military, according to the Archdiocese website.

The statement follows an April 28 letter from 41 retired Army, Air Force and Navy chaplains to President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying that repealing the rule would present chaplains with “a profoundly difficult moral choice”–whether to obey God or men.

“Sacrificing the moral beliefs of individuals or their living conditions to respond to merely political considerations is neither just nor prudent especially for the armed forces at a time of war,” Broglio said. “Catholics believe that nothing will be done if there is a careful and prudent evaluation of the effects of a change.”

An evaluation by the Pentagon is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 1, but by then, Congress may have already passed legislation to repeal the Clinton-era rule that allows gays to serve in the military only if they do not reveal their sexual orientation.

The provision is steadily making its way through Congress on the coattails of a $760 billion defense spending bill, and it has strong supporters in Gates, Obama and Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs chairman.

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 to repeal the policy on March 27. So did the House of Representatives 234-194. If the bill passes the Senate, the Pentagon would still need to wait until the Dec. 1 study is delivered to remove the ban.

The chiefs of the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps all oppose repeal.

“A number of chaplains and commanding officers have expressed concerns about the effects of a change,” Broglio wrote. “There is a request for guidance.”

Guidance from the Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear: “Homosexual acts are contrary to the natural law,” and “under no circumstance can they be approved.”

So what happens when a gay man or woman serving his or her country seeks guidance from a priest? Does the priest withhold a blessing? Would the priest have freedom to espouse the Catholic teaching that homosexuality is “objectively disordered?”

“No restrictions or limitations on the teaching of Catholic morality can be accepted,” said Broglio. “First Amendment rights regarding the free exercise of religion must be respected.”

But Broglio made it clear that compassion would be a top priority as chaplains walk a razor’s edge.

“Catholic chaplains must show compassion for persons with a homosexual orientation but can never condone — even silently — homosexual behavior,” Broglio said. “A change might have a negative effect on the role of the chaplain not only in the pulpit, but also in the classroom, in the barracks, and in the office.”



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; deathofthemilitary; homonaziagenda; homonazism; homopsychoagenda; homosexualagenda; homotyranny; military; rcc; religiousfreedom; religiouspersecution; romancatholic; romancatholicism
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To: fwdude

Oh, I know... I still can’t get past their attempts at logic here...


21 posted on 10/04/2011 6:45:48 AM PDT by djrakowski
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To: Salvation

(From left) Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. military, Pope Benedict XVI, and then-President George W. Bush during the Popes [sic] 2008 visit to the United States.

The cleric on the left is not Abp. Broglio. It is the Holy Father's personal secretary, Msgr. Gaenswein.

22 posted on 10/04/2011 6:51:18 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: ELS

I didn’t think it looked like him, but that picture was from a few years ago and I wondered if there had been a change in his appearance.

It was great to meet Archbishop Broglio, though, and talk with him.


23 posted on 10/04/2011 7:19:22 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ELS
Better pictures of Archbishop Broglio.

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24 posted on 10/04/2011 7:26:48 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; P-Marlowe; wmfights; betty boop; wagglebee; Jim Robinson
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 to repeal the policy on March 27. So did the House of Representatives 234-194

Therein lies the problem, Salvation. Notice that the Republican controlled House caved on this...the voted FOR repeal of DADT.

This should tell us that there are a large number of so-called "fiscal" conservatives in the House. IOW, they believe in anything goes so long as you balance your checkbook. They are a blight on this nation, and they are PROOF that no matter who wins the presidency, we are going to get same-old-same-old.

25 posted on 10/04/2011 8:02:03 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: djrakowski

We are blessed.


26 posted on 10/04/2011 8:28:49 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Salvation

A priest patriot and my Latin teacher in high school in Cleveland Ohio. KIA Vietnam 1968. Rest in peace warrior.

http://www.missioncapodanno.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=756:fr-robert-r-brett-vietnam-army-chaplain&catid=56:military-heroes&Itemid=90


27 posted on 10/04/2011 8:29:38 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Salvation
“a profoundly difficult moral choice”–whether to obey God or men.

Nothing difficult about that.

28 posted on 10/04/2011 8:37:32 AM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: netmilsmom

Any Catholic person liberal enough to marry same sex couples has no business calling himself a Priest.


29 posted on 10/04/2011 10:02:24 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Salvation

Related story:

No Same-Sex Weddings at West Point’s Catholic Chapel, Says Military Archdiocese

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/no-same-sex-weddings-west-points-catholic-chapel-says-military-archdiocese

(Praying for 2012)


30 posted on 10/04/2011 12:13:03 PM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Salvation

I recall a conversation I had with a close friend and former Catholic Chaplain in the Air Force (he retired as a Brig. General). It would be an understatement to say he is one of the most magnificent men I have ever known.

Just as an aside, if I recall our conversation correctly, there have been four Chaplains who have been awarded the Medal of Honor and all four were Catholic Chaplains.

Now more than ever, we NEED all Christian Chaplains in our military. They must be allowed to live their faith and provide solice and counsel to members of our military without government intervention.

EODGUY


31 posted on 10/04/2011 12:18:16 PM PDT by EODGUY (Hold on to your copies of the Consititution of the United States. It is going to be re-written.)
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To: xzins

I am sick to my stomach for the anguish that holy men and women ministering to our service members will be facing as this goes forward. I fear this will be ugly.


32 posted on 10/04/2011 2:11:07 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Salvation
According to the Archbishop and the other Catholic chaplains at my conference, the Catholic Church is still standing firm and will not perform the same-sex marriages.

Well that is good because I would hate to have find a new Church this late in life.

33 posted on 10/04/2011 2:18:04 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (t)
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To: xzins

The numbers of votes for this are so sad. I concur with your analysis. Throw them out!


34 posted on 10/04/2011 2:19:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nascarnation

Father Capodonno is indeed a hero.


35 posted on 10/04/2011 2:20:44 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: EODGUY

Pray for more Catholic Chaplains. They now have a co-sponsorship program where they have a parish location as well as serving on the base.

I had never thought about it today, but several of the Catholic Chaplains on this Serra Club weekend repeated:

“In the regular world the people come to the priest in the parish. In the military world the priest goes to the troops, and basically has no parish.”

I think they are trying this co-sponsorship program in Washington, Virginia and one other state which I cannot remember at the present.

These priest who are also soldiers, sailors, air force personnel, etc. are truly God-fearing and God-serving men. God bless them.


36 posted on 10/04/2011 2:25:50 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I had never thought about it BEFORE today,


37 posted on 10/04/2011 2:40:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Good to hear!

The end of DADT should effectively mean no changes for the chaplains. They still bless those who ask for it and extend sacraments to those who are eligible. The DoD can't require them to give communion to someone who isn't Catholic so they shouldn't be required to extend marriage to someone that isn't eligible for the sacrament either.

38 posted on 10/04/2011 2:41:11 PM PDT by texanred
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39 posted on 10/04/2011 2:47:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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40 posted on 10/04/2011 4:17:17 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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