In response to Rolando Rodriguez who wrote, “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.’” This refers to Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Service.
It appears that neither Rodriguez nor the Catholic Sentinel took time to read Broglio’s statement on military same-gender relationships, which is where this statement comes from. And the small group he refers to are military same gender couples who do want to mandate policy for chaplains or Catholic priests. I am baffled at the nonsensical, unreferenced and non-contextualized letter.
Tom Connolly, Salem
Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013
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Rolando, I think it is very important that when you write letters to the Catholic Sentinel, you and the Catholic Sentinel properly review the verbiage and ensure the issue at hand is thoroughly addressed and contextualized. With so few words available in a letter, you need to convey you message clearly with full context. Your letter failed to not only reference WHY he made the statement and in WHAT forum but also your knowledge of military procedures and the Archdiocese for Military Services’ role is not correct which led you to a false conclusion regarding Broglio’s statements. Chaplains are not enlisted and Broglio does not have a military status. The AMS’s job is to provide support to the Catholic faithful of our military and must advocate on behalf of clergy and laity to ensure that the faith is practiced freely with support from military commanders to include the Commander in Chief. Broglio was absolutely correct in his statement regarding same gender relationships and his concern over this group influencing the practice of our faith. I hope you will read Broglio’s statement again with this new knowledge that will open your eyes that this Archbishop is sheparding the Catholic troops quite well and you have no cause to find his position or statement not reassuring. Blessings.
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Dear brother Tim Connolly, re: your letter 9/18/13, saying “I am baffled at the nonsensical, unreferenced and non-contextualized letter” I submitted 10/22/13. I was commenting on the Catholic News Agency article published in the Catholic Sentinel, 9/20/13, Archbishop Broglio’s statement of "Guidance to Catholic Military Chaplains on Same-Gender Relationships." I read the entire statement on his website, and also read his interview with Joan Frawley Desmond in the National Catholic Register, 9/19/13. Individuals enlisting in the US Armed Forces swear or affirm, and sign a contract that they will “obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.” This includes enlisted chaplains. Whatever Archbishop Broglio’s military status may be, it sounds insubordinate to publicly say, “The military is being forced to implement these things, and the speed with which these changes are made is incredible. That is an attempt by the administration to exert its power where it can.” President Harry Truman heard similar responses from religious leaders when he issued Executive Order 9981, desegregating the US Armed Forces. Then, too, black service personnel represented “a small group [that could not] be allowed to mandate policy for all.” I began my letter saying, “Any priest who serves as a military chaplain has an extremely challenging ministry.” I should add that any individual who serves in the Armed Forces also faces extremely challenging situations and choices. War is not good for living things. Paz y Bien, Rolando, OFS.