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Post 477889 posted on 5-10-2013 at 22:52
Roman Catholic priests forbidden to celebrate Mass for those serving in the U.S. military.
During the partial government shut-down, GS and contracted Roman Catholic priests have been forbidden to celebrate Mass for those in the military,
even if they are willing to do so on a voluntary, unpaid basis. If they come onto a military base and hold Mass, which Canon Law requires for
Catholics on Sunday, they can be arrested.
This essentially puts the government between servicemen and God, withholding a religious experience that is important to all Roman Catholics. (I do
not have information as to whether those of other Christian denominations are being harmed in the practice of their faith.)
Those who serve in the military do so at some personal sacrifice. Those in control of the military ought not be using their authority to harm them in
their religious lives.