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10/22/2013 8:38:00 AM
Are chaplains more interested in military law than the gospel?
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Archbishop Timothy Broglio
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Archbishop Timothy Broglio

To the Catholic Sentinel:

Any priest who serves as a military chaplain has an extremely challenging ministry. 

As a Marine Vietnam veteran, I met two who seemed more interested in their captaincy than their chaplaincy.  Rules and regulations trumped reconciliation. 

As pastor of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, Archbishop Timothy Broglio ministers to a diverse congregation.  It is multi-service, multi-generational, multi-faith.  There are a few with no faith, a few non-citizens, and yes, a few same-sex couples. 

It is not reassuring to hear him say, “While every individual is important, such a small group cannot be allowed to mandate policy for all.” 

Religious faith and military law are distinct. Which policy is he referring to?

Rolando Rodriguez
Port Orford

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