Skip to comments.House approves resolution to allow Mass on military installations during shutdown
Posted on 10/05/2013 2:22:24 PM PDT by NYer
This just in, from the Archdiocese for the Military Services:
The United States House of Representatives today voted 400-1 to pass House Concurrent Resolution 58 calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to allow the continued performance of religious services on military installations during the government shutdown. The resolution was introduced by Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) in response to an Oct. 3 op-ed by Mr. John Schlageter, General Counsel of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) in which he disclosed that non-active duty Catholic priests have been ordered not to workor even volunteeron military installations for the duration of the shutdown, making it impossible for servicemen and women at some locations to attend Mass this weekend.
Mr. Schlageter wrote:
At a time when the military is considering alternative sources of funding for sporting events at the service academies, no one seems to be looking for funding to ensure the Free Exercise rights of Catholics in uniform. Why not?
After the vote, Congressman Collins, himself a U.S. Air Force chaplain and Iraq war veteran, said:
We have a Bill of Rights for a reasonthat no matter the fiscal condition of the federal government, the rights of the people are guaranteed. This is a week that has seen veterans denied their right to assemble at our national monuments, travelers denied access to roads their hard-earned dollars have paid for, and now chaplains ordered to stop providing religious services to those who are selflessly willing to lay down their lives for ours Congress is duty bound to act as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the American people, and I am proud that we did so today.
Specifically, H. Con. Res. 58 recognizes that the performance of religious Services and the provision of ministry are protected activities under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution; urges and intends that the Secretary of Defense permit the performance of religious services on property owned or maintained by the Department of Defense, during any lapse in appropriations, in the same manner and to the same extent as such religious services are otherwise available; and urges and intends that the Secretary of Defense permit military chaplains and other personnel, including contract personnel, hired to perform duties of a military chaplain to perform religious services and ministry, during any lapse in appropriations, in the same manner and to the same extent as such chaplains and other personnel are otherwise permitted to perform religious services and ministry.
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, expressed appreciation for Congressman Collins stand in defense of religious freedom.
Archbishop Broglio said:
Military personnel enjoy, like all Americans, the First Amendment guarantee of the Free Exercise of religion. In the current political climate, however, nothing can be taken for granted. I am grateful to Representative Collins and the many other House members who recognized the importance of passing this resolution, which reflects the seriousness with which the American people take their Free Exercise rights. It can only be hoped that the members of the US Senate will act decisively in order to favor the same First Amendment rights.
Good news, ping!
Did we EVER think we would have to see the day that something like this was FORCED to be VOTED on because of a PRESIDENT and DEMOCRAT SENATE???
It was bound to happen! Obammy is Muslim and has pushed the Sodomite agenda upon us,Pushed Sodomites in the military, Pushed abortion (no matter what month gestation), and has done everything in his power to destroy religion in this nation FOUNDED on its belief in God!
Perhaps Obammy is not Satan himself, but he is definitely on Satans team!
Certainly not in my lifetime. Perhaps this is why I enjoy watching films from the 40s and early 50s which portray the America I used to know. Now ... who gave the lone dissenting vote?
What about the government closing the oceans down to all fishing?
Who voted against it??
Call your congressman and demand IMPEACHMENT now.
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
My exact reaction.
How utterly pathetic.
It would seem appropriate to sing the following in church tomorrow...
“Onward Christian Soldiers”
“Battle Hymn of the Republic”
“The United States House of Representatives today voted 400-1...”
The United States House of Representatives has 435 voting members and 6 non-voting members. 3 seats are vacant.
This means that 31 members abstained or were not present during voting. Their constituents should be notified.
Just a hunch here....but if memory and my bible teaching serves me well, it is not a good thing to vote against God!
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> Did we EVER think we would have to see the day that something like this was FORCED to be VOTED on because of a PRESIDENT and DEMOCRAT SENATE???
The AntiChrist is probably not happy right now. He’s been striking out a lot lately because the truth about the nature of his character is being revealed. Expect martial law to be declared soon. Lock and load’em and don’t fire on the military or LEOs; i believe when worse comes to orse they will be on our side.
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Yes, it’s a pretty sad commentary nowhere we are now.
I’m glad at least one half of one branch of government is on our side.
I wonder who was the No vote.
Sorry about the double post.
Thank goodness. I think our side a starting to get it. Do not take for granted that this president will view Christian faiths as most our other presidents did,as an actively devout churchgoer or as a benign administrator, who wished to keep his constituents happy. That is not what we’re dealing with right now. We have to admit the truth and be ready to lawfully, forcefully push back when he cuts too close. Even if we lose a topic or two, let them know to expect active, enthusiastic resistance from the real American people.
Besides the guy who voted against it, 400-1 means that 34 of the 435 members of the House abstained, or chose not to be present for the vote.
Big Whoop,The priest’s would have said Mass anyway.
Good! I assume this is pertinent to all military pastors.
The only vote against was from William Enyart, a freshman ‘Rat from the downstate Illinois district which includes East St. Louis.
Those not voting were: