According to a lawyer for U.S. military priests, the federal government is expanding its intimidation campaign to include men of the cloth during the ongoing shutdown.
Archdiocese for the Military Services USA general counsel John Schlageter made the accusations in a recent opinion article, noting that an array of “priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work — not even to volunteer” during the interruption of some federal services.
Unbelievably, our current leaders feel that spiritual guidance for the brave men and women in uniform is a “non-essential” government program. Fortunately, they cannot curtail the intimate conversations these same faithful soldiers will have with God in private.
Schlageter pointed out, however, that chaplains could actually face jail time for daring to encourage those in the military with Biblical wisdom.
“During the shutdown,” he continued, “it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”
Though it faces some serious competition, this might be the most unconscionable mandate levied by the Obama regime thus far in the government shutdown.
According to Schlageter, the real impact of this absurd instruction will be felt Sunday — unless Congress is able to reach a deal to reopen the government.
“If the shutdown continues through the weekend,” he wrote, “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.”
While some of the closures and interruptions associated with the shutdown — such as Michelle Obama’s Twitter account — are so insane they become funny, the removal of priests from military locations is utterly despicable.
In an America under the leadership of a patriot, a soldier’s spiritual life would not be fodder for political leverage. Driven by pure leftist ideology, however, Obama is perfectly comfortable attacking anyone and anything he feels will gain him a few approval points.
Much to his dismay, that tactic seems to be failing. Recent polling shows that America blames him for the shutdown far more than the principled leadership shown by the Tea Party.
–Western Journalism staff writer