Skip to comments.“We Have to Go Where The Suffering and Dying Are” [Military Chaplains]
Posted on 09/09/2012 9:24:47 AM PDT by marshmallow
Military chaplains bring the light of Christ to some of the worlds darkest places.
On September 4, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA honored one of its outstanding military chaplains, Vietnam War hero and Medal of Honor recipient Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, with a special memorial Mass in Washington, DC. Dubbed the Grunt Padre, Father Capodanno was killed on a Vietnam battlefield in 1967 while administering to wounded and dying US Marines; he was officially proclaimed a Servant of God in 2006 and his cause for beatification has been initiated. Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy P. Broglio was the main celebrant of the memorial Mass, which was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. During his homily he called on those present to remember Father Capodannos sacrifice and to continue his Maryknoll missionary spirit, his Marine courage, and his absolute fidelity to his ministry as a priest in service to all.
As evidenced by the example of Father Capodanno, military chaplains play a vital role in attending to the spiritual needs of a unique community that often finds itself in adverse circumstances. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI described the role of a military chaplain as bringing about renewed adhesion to Christ, setting the bar of holiness as the high measure of Christian life in response to the new pastoral challenges.
Catholic chaplains must do their work despite dwindling numbers; in the last decade the number of Catholic military chaplains has fallen from 400 to 260. CWR recently spoke with four military chaplains, both active and retired, about their service.
Youre a real spiritual father to them
Father Carl Subler is a US Army captain. He was ordained a priest in 2004, and joined the Army three years later. Hes currently stationed at Fort Leonard.....
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I have always stood in awe of military chaplains.
But I have always wondered about their doctrinal positions.
My understanding is that, if Protestants and Catholics believe each other are going to hell, how can a Chaplain not only represent both positions, but also non-Christian faiths, while still staying in good standing in their own faith?
Hinduism accepts many paths, and so a Hindu chaplain would be consistant with the Hindu faith. Buddhism, while taking a different approach to religion, would also accept the practices of each individual based on their own beliefs. But how does it work for Christianity?
This isn’t a troll post - it’s way, way deeper than that, because as far as I can tell, my question is not based on ignorance or misunderstanding. I ask because, AFAIK, I am pointing out a literal doctrinal paradox - something that is not allowed in these various Crhistians faiths, yet is carried out directly by military chaplains with the support of those very faiths.
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As I understand it, chaplains serve both the military (government) and faith (individual church) and most everything is very general. Protestants go to the Catholic Masses and Catholics if nothing else is available attend the Protestant services.