OUTRAGEOUS: Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown

It’s almost breathtaking how far this administration will go sometimes to win, whether it be closing down military cemeteries overseas or WWII Veteran Memorials that need no staff at all. And now apparently it’s illegal for a priest to do their normal duties and to practice their faith because of the shutdown. Just outrageous.



But I bet it’s ok for Imam’s to hold Muslim services.

In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.

“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”

According to its website, the Archdiocese for the Military Services “provides the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces.”

In his piece, Schlageter worries about this restriction as Sunday nears. “If the government shutdown continues through the weekend, there will be no Catholic priest to celebrate Mass this Sunday in the chapels at some U.S. military installations where non-active-duty priests serve as government contractors,” he wrote.

Because of the lack of active-duty Catholic chaplains, the military relies on hiring civilian priests to serve as government service and contract ministers. Those civilian priests are not allowed on the bases during a shutdown, Schlageter wrote.

One Republican lawmaker on the House Intelligence Committee told The Daily Caller on Friday that this “crosses a constitutional line.”

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Troy Millay
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Troy Millay

I looked up this because I just want to know if it was only Christians who were being shut out by this Administration. I would really like to know if Muslims are permitted to worship. This would be a true sign that this president is a follower of a religion that despises the west and would prove that Obama is indeed trying to destroy America from the inside.

B-Funk
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B-Funk

Time for civil disobedience by the clergy. Do it anyway. Your calling, and your true master, are way over the US gov’t.

JohnCraven
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JohnCraven

For any of us who watch EWTN and have seen the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of the Military Service on the live programs of EWTN, we have been preparing for some time to be persecuted by Nero Obama and his BORG drones, much as in the days of the orginal Nero Obama two thousand years ago.

Well it looks like the persecutions of Catholics and other Christians has begun in full by this evil entity, Nero Obama, the BORG Queen of the Democrat BORG collective.
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John Craven
New Orleans

Marilyn Anne Huddleston
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Marilyn Anne Huddleston

John I grew up in New Orleans and live in Texas now. I wanted to thank you for your post and add though that no other denomination was threatened only our Catholic Priests. My Uncle has been an Oblate of Mary Immaculate since 1956 and never since my Grandparents came to this country to have Religious Freedom has our Catholic Way of Life been so threatened. I’ve asked our fellow Catholics on the EWTN bulletin board to join in prayer,fasting and banning together. I hope everyone will write, call and continue to put pressure on our senators encouraging them to trust in Divine Providence with Our Blessed Savior coming soon! Praise God! Wishing You and All Our Fellow Catholics,Godspeed and God Bless!

JohnCraven
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JohnCraven

Marilyn, I don’t know if you heard Rush’s show today but a wonderful lady, who I believe called from the great state of Texas and correctly pointed out that Nero Obama has absolutely NO HONOR in him also pointed out what you mentioned that Catholic priests are being threatened by Nero Obama’s drones with arrest if they try to say Holy Mass at the base chapels. What I think our priest chaplains should do is set up an altar in front of the Chapel and conduct an open air mass for all who wish to attend and then dare the BORG drones of Nero Obama to publicly arrest them where everyone can see it. There’s a memorable photo from WWII at the D-Day Museum here of a priest celebrating mass in the Latin rite on the deck of a US warship for all the Catholic servicemen who are about to… Read more »

stage9
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stage9

ARREST ME!

aposematic
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aposematic

It should be obvious now that the farther our Government and their ilk (in reality anyone) move away from God the dumber they become.

Stehekin912
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Stehekin912

I hope churches near military bases are making special arrangements and services to accomodate military faithful who want to go to church.

Dr. Strangelove
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Dr. Strangelove

Yeah! 0 should call out the national guard with dogs and fire hoses to keep those evil priests from celebrating Mass during the shutdown! Who do they think God is, anyway?

mcgurn
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mcgurn

He is doing everything in his power to hurt our Vets and to silence the voice of Christians. The devil couldn’t be prouder. And….. if the devil had a son he would be just like ah, ah, ah, Obama! Hmmmm, maybe he does have a son!

WInemaker54
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WInemaker54

When the pain of Obama tyranny reaches we
the people and we really feel it then America may wake up. Most Americans are to passive right now. It will take real sticker shock to awaken
them. When it sinks in and the giant
awakens…..big government will trimble in our steps! Until then this is what we get.
Just hope it isn’t to late!

lawngren
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lawngren

We need an immediate change of government. The obama regime is evil.

Herman Lo
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Herman Lo

Its very weird why most american allow this to happen, that even when it is about practicing ones faith is a crime,.why does most american support the obamas government and its policies ,.history shows that the fore fathers of the great nation are God fearing men and woman before,…now most have abandon their original faith, the christian teaching which brought the nation to its height….but i say this,America will fall once it turn its back to GOD totally……before this happen all american should unite and kick obama out of the white house…..he is the dark satan of the us…..

TexasPGRRider
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TexasPGRRider

PLEASE Keep us in your Prayers, Brother Lo…You will Now be in mine

PBALABAMA
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PBALABAMA

In case Mr. Obama has never read any of the Military regulation, the only flag which is authorized to fly higher than the American flag is the Chaplain’s flag. In other words, Mr. Obama, God out ranks you.

Gypsyleathers
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Gypsyleathers

That regulation only applies during church services conducted
by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy.

PBALABAMA
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PBALABAMA

Since when did the Constitution matter to this president?

12grace
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12grace

I wonder if they would do this to Islam. Pick up your bibles and go forward and help our military. Civil disobedience is on order.

Maurice E. Gilbert Sr.
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Maurice E. Gilbert Sr.

Why in hell are the so-called leaders of this country afraid of him? What does he have hanging over their heads? I’m very confused!

debw777
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debw777

THAT decision needs to go to the Supreme Court, even if they are corrupt.

2besusie
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2besusie

Matthew 18:20
“For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.”

Galatiansch2vs20
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Galatiansch2vs20

Crosses a constitutional line, but is the lawmaker with his/her colleagues going to start impeachment proceedings as they should?

WInemaker54
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WInemaker54

With Harry in the senate impeachment want make it to the
floor….what have you done NV?

Galatiansch2vs20
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Galatiansch2vs20

Impeachment takes place in the House. It’s the ousting part that needs to happen in the Senate where the country would be in trouble due to Harry Reid and the Democrats and the voters that got them elected.

WInemaker54
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WInemaker54

Harry would not allow it to happen…that is our problem right now…

waffle_anna
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waffle_anna

Why do you think Congress are trying to stall it till 2014? Impeachment is useless without ousting… That’s why our top priority should be to retain the House at all costs, and gain enough votes in the Senate to actually impeach and convict.

WInemaker54
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WInemaker54

Agreed…that is the only way..

Galatiansch2vs20
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Galatiansch2vs20

I still feel the House should do their duty and draw up articles for impeachment, even if the newly elected House would have to reiterate them in writing… with all the high crimes and misdemeanors, the articles may take a long time to draw up.

WInemaker54
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WInemaker54

This is a sad time when our leader tells a priest troops you
can’t pray with a troops…how low can Obama go…all the way to HELL!

NJK
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NJK

Now, how could a Christian even think this way? I hope Obama meets a really horrible end. Since when is freedom to practice ones faith not a right? Oh, I know, since the Muslim Brotherhood member was given the keys to the White House.

badbadlibs
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badbadlibs

Once again, the media is to blame. They own this administration’s war on America, the Constitution and each American citizen.
IF the monsters in the media would do a fraction of the reporting their once noble profession instructs them to, their wretched leader wouldn’t get away with the blatant attack on everything American.

keyesforpres
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keyesforpres

Their wretched leader would have been removed from the ballot in ’08 if they’d done their jobs.

Stehekin912
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Stehekin912

Demonbama – priests do not answer to you.

BHliberty
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BHliberty

Yep……”crosses a constitutional line”! It’s about time they start realizing this!

johnos69
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johnos69

Win what? All this A hole is doing is pissing off more and more Americans daily! F him!

kong1967
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kong1967

This is exactly why Republicans need to hold strong and not cave to Obama. The longer the shutdown continues, the more the dictatorial anti-American Obama will punish the public. Obama is exposing who he is and how we are nothing but pawns he’s willing to sacrifice for his agenda.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

One thing to say.The Lord is not mocked.

aposematic
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aposematic

I was talking earlier today to a long time friend and made that statement to him discussing some other political/philosophical matters. Good call 57thunderbird!

Stewie
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Stewie

Seems like they’re starting a war against the people.

Dr. Strangelove
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Dr. Strangelove

The war started long ago. As Levin predicted, 0’s mask and gloves are coming off. We’ll be seeing more and more of the real dictator in the WH as time goes on and resistance grows to his policies.

Rshill7
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Rshill7

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29 KJV)

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

Amen Rshill!

Rshill7
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Rshill7

At this moment the House just finished voting overwhelmingly to reinstate religious services for the military.

Ya’ reckon Reid will “table” it? I dare him.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

I am sure he will make an attempt.I double dare him!

PNWShan
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PNWShan

I truly hope that these priests will follow Peter. This is a time to stand for the Lord.

Lionel
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Lionel

maybe it is time that your priests stood their ground to reveal how committed they are to their faith and that they are prepared to be arrested for that reason or does this only happen in matters like “gay pride” for instance ? Many would come out in support but if they themselves really believed, they would not need that !!

Dan painter
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Dan painter

Ladies and gentlemen. This nation has crossed a line under the rule of Obama. Consequently, we must focus all our energy into the destruction of the democrat party at the polls. If we fail to do so. Our Great Republic is finished.

ManfredtheWonderDog
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ManfredtheWonderDog

What Christian in his right mind has a man other than the God-Man, Jesus Christ, as his priest? Ever read the letter to the Hebrews?

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

According to the scriptures,anybody that is born again is a priest.

ManfredtheWonderDog
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ManfredtheWonderDog

Yes, needing no other mortal between them and God. That’s what that means. The office of earthly priest was abolished when the Jewish religion was abolished. We kings and priests of our God – with Christ as our high priest. No man between saints and our God.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

Yup;That is what I glean from the scripture.

Insert_Cool_Username
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Insert_Cool_Username

The distinction is basically this: the book of Hebrews lists Christ as our High Priest, but it never officially puts the hammer down on priesthood on the earth. The argument really boils down to anyone’s position on Sacraments. The Roman Catholic church (as well as the Eastern Orthodox church, the Lutheran church, Anglican church and a couple others) take the view that certain instances like Holy Communion, Baptism, and Absolution aren’t just “symbols” but actually do things. Therefore they (I should say we, because as a Lutheran I’m sort of in agreement) say that because Christ endowed the Apostles with authority (Matthew 16:19), and the Apostles endowed others with authority as well, that there is a sort of priesthood among Christians.

In fact, technically this idea of priest-less Christianity is the new thing. Doesn’t mean it’s wrong, but people haven’t always seen it that way.

ManfredtheWonderDog
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ManfredtheWonderDog

Scripture – and Hebrews in particular – shows the futility of a priesthood of men. A long track record of error in religion is not a validation of what they teach. Christianity has always been a religion with a priest – but only with Jesus as the priest. No man has ever actually been a priest in the Christian church, though many men have called themselves such. Same thing with pastors. This name is not that of an office, but of a role – the spiritual shepherding of God’s people. Most so-called pastors do not do so and are not, therefore, pastors.

Insert_Cool_Username
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Insert_Cool_Username

I never said having a long track record means the interpretation is right. However, Christ did vest His Apostles with authority, which is where this argument hinges. The main point of Hebrews wasn’t decrying a priesthood, but how the types and shadows of the Old Testament are fulfilled in the New Testament. “Priest” strictly defined, refers to a person who dispenses Sacraments. If there are no Sacraments, then you would be right that there has never been a priesthood. If there are Sacraments, however, then the question needs be asked, “Who has the authority to dispense them, and who gives the authority?” Rome and Constantinople say the authority is passed on by the Apostles in succession. As a Lutheran, I’d argue that authority to do so comes from Christ Himself. A priest has no power aside from that granted to him by Christ. The question of who can be called… Read more »

Press Watchusa
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Press Watchusa

What MP in their right mind arrest a Priest?

cnswpassion
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cnswpassion

Most of our military bases do not have MP’S manning the gate. Our bases have what we all call “Rent a Cops” manning the entrances. Once in a while you will see an MP there, who is usually pulling duty as a punishment for something he/she did. These “Rent a Cops” are on contract and have union support.

Press Watchusa
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Press Watchusa

This Dastard has crossed so many lines that he’s been around the world 3 x

The Conservatives MUST take back the Senate and keep the House at any cost

This MUST be the focus so Impeachment can take place !

keyesforpres
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keyesforpres

…and why the House must NOT pass any immigration bill. It will go to the Senate and get combined with their amnesty and the illegals will be voting next fall. They already vote in democommunists strongholds anyway, but this would be they could vote everywhere.

notebene
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notebene

Whenever I see someone that I know is a Christian support this monster, I ask them why? Name a single part of the Gospel that this man has EVER upheld?! Any Christian, Catholic or Protestant that gave this man a vote should be begging God for forgiveness and repenting by now. He is not a Christian and has nothing but malevolence in his heart!

sjmom
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sjmom

When you persecute God’s people of either Covenant the Lord takes it personally. We all remember Saul being knocked off of his horse when he was throwing Christians in prison well its no different now because the Lord has not changed.

“And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”
Acts 9: 3-5
Remember Barack, the Lord is listening and watching.

imatellau
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imatellau

Those priests better preach the gospel. If they now what’s best. Our HOLY FATHER is a jealous GOD.
Now is the perfect time to expose the demoncrats!
Harry Reid admitting that he’d rather keep children from getting cancer treatments! What the phuck? And not a word on the nightly news!!

las1
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las1

If it could be illegal to “conduct” a religious service during a shutdown, then could it also be illegal to “attend” a religious service during a shutdown?

just askin’

virginiagentleman1
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virginiagentleman1

Had enough yet? We are being subjugated and assembled into a socialist totalitarian state!

This ISN’T just about politics! This is high treason AND an attempt to shut down God, along with all of the other services WE the taxpayer fund!
Unconstitutional? Unconscionable! BLASPHEMY!

Are there ANY reading here today who DOES NOT understand that Obama is a despot and his admin is his vehicle for carrying out our subjugation?
If so, isn’t it time to remove your head from your ass?

DHardy
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DHardy

Obama is testing his ability to order his Nazis and Brown shirts to break the law and violate constitutional and Civil rights. These people are no longer Americans, they are traitors to the constitution and to the United states and before all is said and done We will be either be fighting them or we will be submitting to them. Obama has created an Army of Public Sector Union TRASH!

kong1967
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kong1967

“crosses a constitutional line.”

It’s the norm for Obama.

keyesforpres
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keyesforpres

Yeah, that’s one red line he has no problem crossing.

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