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  • Navy ends Catholic Masses at bases

    09/06/2020 11:18:54 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 88 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | September 6, 2020 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Navy ends Catholic Masses at bases We all know there’s a shortage of priestly vocations — but some places are feeling the effects more dramatically than others.From The San Diego Tribune:  Catholic Masses at San Diego-area Navy bases have ended because the Navy, in what it says is a cost-cutting move, has declined to renew its contracts with Catholic priests, and there are not enough Catholic chaplains on active duty to fill the void.Protestant services on bases, which are led by active duty chaplains, will continue, said Brian O’Rourke, a Navy Region Southwest spokesman.The changes to the Navy’s religious ministries...
  • MIT chaplain forced to resign after citing George Floyd’s rap sheet to students

    06/23/2020 7:56:37 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 31 replies
    thecollegefix ^ | JUNE 22, 2020 | MATT LAMB
    The Archdiocese of Boston forced Daniel Moloney to resign from his chaplain role at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after students and alumni complained that Moloney brought up George Floyd’s past criminal history in an email to students. Although Moloney, a Catholic priest, was making an argument that Floyd’s past should not justify his death, the fact that he brought up Floyd’s rap sheet at all prompted some to protest the chaplain’s message to campus officials and file bias complaints over it. “George Floyd was killed by a police officer, and shouldn’t have been,” Moloney wrote in his June 7...
  • How the US military has embraced growing religious diversity

    11/17/2019 11:31:25 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 23 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | November 12, 2019 | Ronit Y. Stahl
    Vice President Mike Pence joins military officers and a chaplain on Aug. 23, 2019, in a prayer for two Army men who died during operations in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (The Conversation) -- In 1919, Lee Levinger buried four soldiers in France. The responsibility to preside over a funeral was not unusual for military chaplains. But during World War I, most Americans would have been surprised to learn that a rabbi led a service for four Christian soldiers. In 1917, when the United States entered the war, chaplaincy was a majority white and fully Christian organization. No law specifically stated...
  • Notre-Dame Treasures, Relics Saved After Firefighter-Priest Led Human Chain In Burning Cathedral.

    04/16/2019 2:53:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    https://www.churchmilitant.com ^ | April 16, 2019 | Oliver J.J. Lane
    The chaplain to the Parisian fire brigade has been hailed as a hero after it was revealed he led efforts to save the priceless holy relics and art stored inside Notre-Dame Cathedral. The story of Father Jean-Marc Fournier was reported by Christian journalist of French Catholic Television station KTOTV, who revealed the chaplain went into the burning cathedral to retrieve relics and art before they could be damaged by fire and falling debris. Reports state the priest formed a human chain to carry the items away from danger. Following up that report, the Katholiek Nieuwsblad states Fr. Fournier has a...
  • Air Force Chaplain Under Investigation For Blaming ‘Effeminate’ Gay Priests (trunc)

    09/10/2018 2:05:44 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 30 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | 09/10/2018 | GINA HARKINS
    The Air Force is looking into comments a Catholic chaplain made at a base chapel in which he allegedly equated child abuse in the church with homosexuality, prompting one officer’s family to walk out of mass. Capt. Antonio Rigonan, an Air Force chaplain at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, said during an Aug. 19 service that many priests who’ve abused children were “homosexuals” and “effeminate,” according to a military officer’s spouse who attended that morning.
  • U.S. army drops charges against chaplain who wouldn’t run ‘marriage’ retreat for lesbians

    08/28/2018 7:05:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Lifesite ^ | 8/28/18 | James Risdon
    The military has dropped charges against a United States Army chaplain and his assistant for refusing to conduct a marriage retreat for a lesbian couple. The women filed a discrimination complaint, which the military investigated. The investigation led to a report charging Major Scott Squires and Sergeant Kacie Griffin with dereliction of duty. While a chaplain at Fort Bragg, Squires reportedly told a soldier he was unable to conduct a marriage retreat that included her and her same-sex partner because of the requirements of his church. Under the army's policies, every United States Army Special Operations Command commander is responsible...
  • Army Chaplain Faces Possible Court Martial over Religious Beliefs

    08/13/2018 1:41:12 PM PDT · by Maudeen · 46 replies
    Todd Starnes ^ | 8/6/2018 | Tod Starnes
    A decorated Army chaplain at Fort Bragg in North Carolina could face a possible court martial and even military prison after he explained to a soldier he could not conduct a marriage retreat that included same-sex couples because of his religious beliefs, his attorneys allege.
  • House chaplain rescinds resignation after Paul Ryan forced him out

    05/03/2018 2:37:32 PM PDT · by wmileo · 40 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | May 3, 2018 | Alex Pappas
    The Rev. Patrick Conroy, chaplain of the House of Representatives, said in a letter on Thursday that he was rescinding his resignation amid his high-profile ousting by House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Associated Press reported that Conroy wrote in a two-page letter to Ryan, the retiring Wisconsin Republican, that he has never "heard a complaint about my ministry" as House chaplain. Democrats have expressed outrage over Ryan’s decision to push Conroy out of the job. Ryan has told fellow Republicans that he fired the House chaplain, a Roman Catholic priest from the Jesuit order, after complaints from members that he...
  • US Navy Says No to Atheist Chaplains; Members of Congress 'Relieved' by Decision

    03/23/2018 7:57:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/23/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The U.S. Navy turned down the application of an atheist chaplain to serve in the Navy Chaplain Corps. The move comes after 43 members of Congress signed a letter warning that the very definition of what it means to be a chaplain is at stake. Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn (R) and Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R) explained in a joint statement on Wednesday that the Navy made the right call in turning down the appointment of Dr. Jason Heap, the national coordinator for the United Coalition of Reason based in Washington, D.C., who first made the attempt under the Obama...
  • Radical Atheist Who Trashed Billy Graham after His Death Is Set to Become a Navy “Chaplain”

    03/14/2018 7:37:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 74 replies
    GP ^ | March 14, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    Radical atheist Jason Heap is hoping to become a Navy chaplain. The US Navy is seriously considering the approval of this anti-Christian activist for a spot in its Chaplain Corps. In February Heap retweeted a post by radical secularist group trashing Rev. Billy Graham after his death. ... Within a week of re-assigning (and possibly firing) one chaplain for expressing traditionalist Christian beliefs, the Navy is seriously considering the approval of an avowed “non-theistic humanist” for a spot in its Chaplain Corps. Conservative U.S. House and Senate members are formally urging the Navy not to approve the atheist for the...
  • UK Prisons Recruit ‘Pagan Chaplains’ on £30k-a-Year Salaries

    03/02/2018 5:35:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/27/18 | Victoria Friedman
    The Ministry of Justice is recruiting pagan chaplains to provide “religious care” at prisons across the country – with annual salaries of up to £29,ooo – despite many of the recruiting prisons facing guard shortages, Islamic extremist inmates, and drug epidemics. “The job holder will provide for the religious care of prisoners and staff in the Pagan faith tradition and appropriate pastoral care for all irrespective of faith or tradition,” one job description for a role covering Dartmoor, Channings Wood, and Exeter prisons reads. Applicants would be expected to “lead open ritual, officiate in Rites of Passage, and run workshops...
  • Christians in U.S. Military ‘Serve Satan’ If They Tolerate Other Religions, Air Force Chaplain Says

    09/15/2017 12:31:26 PM PDT · by DFG · 92 replies
    Newsweak via Yahoo ^ | 09/15/2017 | Nina Burleig
    A U.S. Air Force chaplain who ministers to thousands of men and women at an Ohio base is asserting that Christians in the U.S. Armed Forces “serve Satan” and are “grossly in error” if they support service members' right to practice other faiths. In an article posted on BarbWire.com three days ago, Captain Sonny Hernandez, an Air Force Reserve chaplain for the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, criticized Christian service members who rely on the Constitution “and not Christ.” He wrote: “Counterfeit Christians in the Armed forces will appeal to the Constitution, and not Christ,...
  • Army chaplain awarded Soldier's Medal for tackling machete-wielding soldier to end hostage situation

    03/22/2017 5:02:04 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 13 replies
    KRTV-TV, Great Falls, Montana ^ | 3/21/2017 | Ariana Lake
    MISSOULA - Captain (Chaplain) Matthew Christensen, a 1992 graduate of Flathead High School, was awarded the Soldier's Medal last week for his actions that resulted in saving the lives of two soldiers. When Christensen went to counsel a soldier who was having a hard time, he didn’t realize it would escalate into a dangerous hostage situation. Christensen spent much of the night counseling the soldier. Later, the soldier's roommate and another chaplain showed up at the barracks. Things got worse. The soldier called some family members, cursing them for abusive situations in the past. Christensen said, "And then he just...
  • Army Makes History by Putting Muslim in Charge of 14,000 US Soldiers’ Spiritual Needs

    02/28/2017 9:12:45 PM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 31 replies
    McClachy DC Bureau ^ | February 27, 2016 | Hannah Allam
    Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz will become the first Muslim division-level chaplain in the history of the U.S. military – a Muslim spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers [I am re-posting to include information on Shabbazz's connection to Ft. Hood terrorist Nidal Hasan. (Link and information in comment below).] Original Post
  • Army Makes History by Putting Muslim in Charge of 14,000 US Soldiers’ Spiritual Needs

    02/28/2017 11:19:33 AM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 63 replies
    McClatchy DC Bureau ^ | February 27, 2017 | Hannah Allam
    In January, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz received the call every Army chaplain dreams of, the call that validates years of intense study and hard work toward keeping the U.S. military in good spiritual health. He was offered the job of chaplain for an entire division, an honor for anyone in his field but a milestone in his case. After a ceremony this summer, Shabazz will become the first Muslim division-level chaplain in the history of the U.S. military – a Muslim spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers. He’d like to think his transition will be as smooth...
  • Former Catholic Priest Sentenced 30 Years Prison for Production & Distribution of Child Pornography

    02/10/2017 10:31:04 AM PST · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    U.S. Department of Justice ^ | February 8, 2017 | Office of Public Affairs
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Former Catholic Priest Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Production and Distribution of Child Pornography A former U.S. Navy Lt. Commander and ordained Catholic priest was sentenced to 30 years in prison today for charges involving the sexual exploitation of children, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III of the District of Delaware. John Thomas Matthew Lee, 51, of Millsboro, Delaware, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leonard P. Stark...
  • "MASH” actor William Christopher dead at 84

    12/31/2016 6:21:15 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 82 replies
    CBS ^ | December 31,2016
    LOS ANGELES -- William Christopher, the actor best known for playing Fr. Francis Mulcahy on the smash sitcom “MASH,” has died, CBS Los Angeles reports. He was 84. Christopher’s son confirmed his death to CBS Los Angeles.
  • Who Was that Priest Praying the Rosary at the Army-Navy Game?

    12/16/2016 5:19:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/15/16 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Dec 15, 2016 / 03:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- You might have seen an Army chaplain devoutly praying the rosary on the sideline during Saturday's Army-Navy football game. Who was he and what was he praying for? “I always pray for both our teams, for no serious injury on either team. And I pray for the kids on both teams, and just for their holiness and their salvation,” Fr. Matthew Pawlikowski, chaplain of the United States Military Academy at West Point, told CNA. “And then I ask for Army's victory,” he added. Saturday's Army-Navy game was the 117th meeting...
  • MILITARY ALL SOULS DAY [Catholic Caucus]

    11/04/2016 11:17:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | November 3, 2016 | Max Douglas
    An All Souls Day Traditional Latin Mass was celebrated Wednesday on the Fort Hood Military base. The Mass was offered on the hood of a military humvee, the traditional way Mass is offered during time of battle. With some 60 people in attendance, the Mass was especially offered up for the fallen 1st Cavalry Division soldiers who died in the Battle of Unsanin during the Korean War on November 2, 1950. The Mass was held on the grounds of the 1st Cavalry Division Museum and was also in honor of Fr. Emile Kapaun, 1st Cavalry Division chaplain and Medal of...
  • Chaplain booted over praying 'in Jesus' name' goes to Supremes

    06/12/2016 6:45:18 AM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    WND ^ | 06/11/2016 | Bob Unruh
    The U.S. Navy chaplain who was removed from the military for disobeying a “lawful” order banning prayer “in Jesus’ name” has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and overturn a decade of rulings in his case. The petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court was filed by attorney John B. Wells on behalf of Gordon J. Klingenschmitt. His case was filed back in 2011, after his removal from the military over the issue of praying “in Jesus’ name” sparked years of battles. Since his removal, Klingenschmitt has been leading the PrayInJesusName.org ministry, and he also has been serving...