Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Friday, May 6, 2016
CYO Football 2015 2015 Priest Reassignments, Archdiocese of Portland Cardinal Francis George dies Mothering with faith Sisters of the Holy Names, 2015 Live Nativity at St. John the Baptist 2014 Fall CYO results Catholic Charities Donor Lunch 2014 Year of Consecrated Life opening Mass Holy Spirit Sisters Jubilee 2014 Seaside youth conference Mount Angel 125th Northwest Hub Furlow at papal Mass 2014 Rosary Bowl NW Brother André 2014 Fall 40 Days for Life 2014 Inauguration of Fr. Mark Poorman Coffee shop at abbey First day of school, 2014 Regis High School 50th anniversary 2014 Crooked Finger Pilgrimage Mass with migrant farm workers Maronite Ordination Consecration to "Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima" CYO track Southern Oregon Evangelization 2014 Priest Ordination Christ the King youth 2014 priest reassignments Our Lady of Lavang Confirmation, 2014 Memorial Day 2014 2014 Transitional deacon ordination Padre Foster Granados visits Albany Bishop Smith ordination Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII Bishop Peter Smith 2014 Easter Vigil 2014 Walk of Cross 2014 Chrism Mass CYO basketball 2014 St. Patrick of the Forest 150th Catholic Charities Celebration of Hope, 2014 Boys2Men Archbishop visits Oregon State Penitentiary 40 Day Vigil for Life, 2014 Pope Francis creates new cardinals St. Henry shelter 2014 CYO swimming Funeral of Fr. George Wolf Travel on a budget Lunar New Year, 2014 Tech in Catholic schools 2014 Right to Life Rally Archbishop visits Santiam Prison First Mass in Oregon Milwaukie Posada St. Francis, Sherwood, Toy Drive Central Catholic football Typhoon Haiyan Deacon Ordination/ Kresbach, Schmitt A Catholic fisherman St. Cecilia Centennial Southern Oregon Welcome Mass Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, dedication Grotto Anniversary 2013 Champions of Faith Dinner Gardenripe farms Coleman hop farm Corvallis Year of Faith Archbishop Howard at St. Rose Hitchhiking priests Franciscan Spiritual Center Sacred Heart, Medford Migrant Mass Tanzanians' jubilee World Youth Day 2013 2013 Blessing of the Animals 2013 Freedom Mass Albany school closure Fabric art Megan graduates from Catholic school St. Vincent de Paul Hillsboro 2013 Deacon ordination Sister Theresa Lamkin St. Helen Mission, Brownsville Marist Brainiacs St. Mary, Eugene St. Francis eighth graders Ascension confirmation 2013 Pastoral Ministry Conference St. Joseph Salem — Year of Faith Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass 2013 Archbishop Sample Chrism Mass 2013 2013 Young Catholics Pope Francis inauguration Celebration of Hope Vlazny Farewell Mass Archbishop Vlazny Farewell St. Paul Church in St. Paul Valley Catholic Green Building Rite of Election 2013 Water summit 2013 Lunar New Year Alveda King in Eugene New Monsignors, 2013 2013 Right to Life Rally MLK Mass, 2013 St. Henry, Gresham, Centennial Jesuit High drama School uniforms Friar in the mall Holy Trinity food ministry January Book Covers St. Andre Bessette food Year of Faith Mass Nestucca Sanctuary Hillsboro Choirs Father Betschart installation Salem Religious Freedom Rally Year of Faith Vespers, Awards Roy's Catholic School Adelante Mujeres 10th anniversary New Blanchet House Missionaries of Holy Spirit Priest, religious photos Providence Nursing Schools Pioneros Fortnight for Freedom Mark Bentz Deacon Ordination OLL School Walk Through Gaga over science St. Philip Neri Centennial Ordination of Bishop Cary SVDP, Grants Pass Holy Cross School centennial Confirmation - Mount Angel Holy Land Pilgrimage Blanchet Watershed Chrism Mass, 2012 Bishop-designate Cary Pope in Cuba, 2012 SSMO 125th Jubilee Mass Pope Benedict in Mexico 2012 Catholic Charities Celebration 2012 Madeleine Mardi Gras Centennial Rally for Life, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Mass 2012 Day Laborers-Guadalupe Guadalupe 2011 Christ the King, Milwaukie, 50th Sesame Doughnuts Central Catholic Volleyball St. Peter Centennial Deacon Ordination, October 2011 St. Agatha Centennial Rosary Bowl 2011 St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose, Centennial Filipino celebration Polish Festival 2011 Holy War Football 2011 World Youth Day 2011 Sun Gold Farm Our Lady of Victory's New Church Freedom Mass 2011 St. Mary Church Steeple Removal Priest reassignments, 2011 Old Catholic Buildings Paige Rice, St. Mary's runner Graduation 2011 Easter vigils 2011 Pastoral Ministry Conference Basketball Holy War 2011 Search for Peace 2011

Mt Angel Towers 8.13

Home : News : Nation and World
Military archbishop guides chaplains on ministering to same-sex couples
Catholic News Service photo
Men salute as Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services arrives on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis to visit troops around Christmas in 2011.
Catholic News Service photo
Men salute as Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services arrives on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis to visit troops around Christmas in 2011.
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services has issued guidelines on ministering to same-sex couples for military chaplains and other priests and deacons who serve Catholics in the military, U.S. Foreign Service personnel and those at Veterans Affairs facilities.

The document, "Renewed Fidelity in Favor of Evangelization," highlights the need to "reiterate with clarity the teaching of the Catholic Church regarding homosexuality" but also points out that, as St. Paul reminds believers, "it must never be forgotten that the human condition occasions many failings."

In the statement, released Sept. 18, Archbishop Broglio said he felt obligated to emphasize Catholic teaching in light of "recent changes in interpretations of the laws of the federal government." He also said he was pleased that Congress renewed conscience-protection language, specifically for chaplains in the Armed Forces.

He outlined what Catholic priests or deacons cannot be forced to do in their ministry. For example, he said they cannot be forced to witness or bless the union of same-sex couples or assist at a marriage retreats for same-sex couples.

He said a priest who is asked to counsel non-Catholic couples in a same-sex relationship should direct the couple to a chaplain who is able to assist them. Catholic same-sex couples, he noted, will be "encouraged by the priest to strive to live by the teaching of the Gospel."

The archbishop said that Catholic chaplains and other priests may participate in retirements, changes of command, and promotion ceremonies of someone in a same-sex relationship, as long as the chaplain is "not required to acknowledge or approve of a 'spouse' of the same gender."

He also pointed out that a priest should not be "placed in a situation where his assistance at a funeral for a Catholic would give the impression that the church approves of same-sex 'marital' relationships."

Archbishop Broglio noted that "anyone who is known to be in a sinful relationship is excluded from ministries in the Catholic community" such as lectors, extraordinary ministers of communion, altar servers, catechists and Catholic council members.

He also pointed out that the Catholic Church must "minister to all regardless of their sexual inclination" but he also stressed the "invitation to conversion cannot be diluted" and "the door to the mercy of Christ" must remain open. Priests and deacons should be guided by the principles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, he said, and "never forget that it is the sin that is hated and never the sinner."

The catechism teaches that homosexual people "must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity" and that "every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided." The church upholds the sanctity of traditional marriage, between one man and one woman, and also teaches that any sexual activity outside of marriage is sinful.

The archbishop also said that same-sex couples represent less than half of 1 percent of those in the Armed Forces. "While every individual is important, such a small group cannot be allowed to mandate policy for all," he added.

He said Catholics who exercise command positions in the military face additional dilemmas as they fulfill their responsibilities to those above and below them in the chain of command.

To address such situations, Archbishop Broglio cited a statement he said the National Catholic Bioethics Center had issued in response to a query from the archdiocese on the matter.

U.S. military commanders, the center said, would "not be engaging in morally illicit cooperation, but rather tolerable remote mediate material cooperation with evil by implementing federal employee benefits" for same-sex couples who are married as per the June 26 Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor.

Determining factors include situations where commanders cannot avoid such cooperation without jeopardizing job security for themselves and their family; if there is no "mechanism" to have someone more senior in the chain of command carry out the policies in question; and whether they have made known their objections to being required to participate, as well as attempted "through legal channels to accomplish changes in policy" upholding traditional marriage and family "as based on natural moral law."

Advanced Search

Mary Jo Tully ~ The Path to Resurrection

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2016 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved