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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: Salvation

If the Pentagon and the white house had done a proper investigation into this insane policy there would be no conflict but of course we know this was done, rushed through and then will be used to overthrow DOMA.

This out of anything should be dealt with as soon as we take power and remove this insane policy of allowing homosexuals to serve openly


41 posted on 10/04/2011 5:05:19 PM PDT by manc (Marriage=1man+ 1 woman, Don't speak up, be a coward and the family, military etc will be destroyed)
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To: fwdude

well I won’t shut up at all about homosexuality or their agenda.

I am sick and tired of them trying to tell me that a man having sex with another man is natural.


42 posted on 10/04/2011 5:38:32 PM PDT by manc (Marriage=1man+ 1 woman, Don't speak up, be a coward and the family, military etc will be destroyed)
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To: Salvation

I left the Anglican church but I am thinking of joining a Catholic church as they seem to be the last few which stand as against this type of agenda


43 posted on 10/04/2011 5:40:11 PM PDT by manc (Marriage=1man+ 1 woman, Don't speak up, be a coward and the family, military etc will be destroyed)
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To: Salvation

Here’s hoping (praying?) they have the courage of their convictions.


44 posted on 10/04/2011 5:43:55 PM PDT by behzinlea
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To: manc

Sad, isn’t it?


45 posted on 10/04/2011 5:47:07 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I and my wife went ot our church to get signatures for the marriage amendment and half the old people told us either they did not want to sign anything and a couple said they have no problem with homo marriage.

What on earth, now I’m not very religious, say a prayer on a Sunday before dinner, celebrate the holidays and I do say Christmas because i am very stubborn and I do correct folks but for these people who say they are church goers and very religious to now say they have no problem is disgusting...

I seriously am thinking of going to a Catholic church and seeing a priest to convert and maybe go back to church as the religion still stands for what it used to and will not cave in due to PC and a sick agenda.


46 posted on 10/04/2011 5:57:00 PM PDT by manc (Marriage=1man+ 1 woman, Don't speak up, be a coward and the family, military etc will be destroyed)
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To: Salvation

I also just happen to live in St Augustine the place where the first mass was ever said in north America and they have a 200 foot cross, chapel etc where the first Spanish said their mass.

To be there and I would advise anyone to visit it, would make your hairs stand up.

To see the place, go tot he chapel, to see the site and think how it was back then is amazing.


47 posted on 10/04/2011 5:59:21 PM PDT by manc (Marriage=1man+ 1 woman, Don't speak up, be a coward and the family, military etc will be destroyed)
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To: Salvation

this is the true measure of separation of church and state...
we catholics must stick with our faith...

teeman


48 posted on 10/04/2011 7:29:04 PM PDT by teeman8r (armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Romulus
Nothing difficult about that.

Dear Romulus, context matters. In a hypothetical thought experiment, sure it is easy to choose between obeying God or man. But when one has to consider that it may cost one's job or life, not everyone has the honesty, fortitude, courage and faith of St. Thomas More. Knowing the right answer and choosing it are two distinctly different things.

49 posted on 10/05/2011 7:52:32 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: ELS

In general terms, you make a valid point, and I did consider it before posting. But here we are talking chiefly of Catholic chaplains, who are in the happy position of not having wives and children family relying on them. Freed from powerful temptations to compromise, it becomes easier for them to make the right choice, one that arguably would call for greater heroism from a lay person living in the world.

To be sure, matters are being engineered in this way not so much to cow chaplains into submission as to make their continuing ministry in uniform impossible and thus drive them from view. This will present a hardship and spiritual danger to service members — but sanguis martyrum semen Christianorum.

I’m sure we agree that before going underground Catholic citizens (and all others of good will) should loudly defend their civil and human rights to practice their religion unmolested.


50 posted on 10/05/2011 9:50:02 AM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: Romulus

Well said and yes, we do agree.


51 posted on 10/05/2011 12:33:46 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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