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Catholic US Military Chaplains Banned From Presiding Over Funerals Of Married Gay Soldiers

by David Badash on September 25, 2013

in News,Religion

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Calling same-sex marriages “evil,” the Archdiocese that is in charge of Catholic priests serving U.S. service members has released a statement banning its chaplains from presiding over the funerals of legally married gay, lesbian, or bisexual military personnel.

Soldiers and other military personnel, including officers, who die of the field of battle or in other service to their country — for example, if they had been among those who were killed in the D.C. Naval Yard shooting — will be denied a Catholic funeral.

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, (image, above,) in a statement that “reiterates Church teaching on homosexuality,” commanded that while “the tradition of the Catholic Church always tries to find reasons to bury the dead, a priest may 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 (see CIC, c. 1184, §1,3º).”

Additionally, regardless of faith, Catholic chaplains have been directed to not formally participate in weddings of same-sex couples, to not participate in “marriage retreats” if same-sex couples will be present, and to refuse to counsel service members who are in same-sex relationships.

“A priest who is asked to counsel non-Catholic parties in a same-gendered relationship will direct them to a chaplain who is able to assist,” Archbishop Broglio stated. “Catholic parties will, of course, be encouraged by the priest to strive to live by the teaching of the Gospel.”

Fortunately, Catholic chaplains can participate in “retirements, changes of command, and promotion ceremonies… as long as the priest is not required to acknowledge or approve of a ‘spouse’ of the same gender.”

Archbishop Broglio, noting that “same-gender couples represent less than half of one percent of those in the Armed Forces,” stated “every individual is important, [but] such a small group cannot be allowed to mandate policy for all.”

Broglio also discussed “the question of a person’s possible cooperation with evil,” and said that chaplains are allowed to implement federal employee benefits if it is a job function, based on U.S. law.

The Archbishop has not responded to a request for comment.

Earlier this month, the Southern Baptist Convention — America’s second-largest Christian sect next to Roman Catholics — banned Baptist chaplains from not only performing same-sex marriages, but even from attending the weddings of any same-sex couples.


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Tommeh1734 September 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Why, thanks for clarifying, Archbishop Phelps.

Bose_in_SP_MN September 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

It's bizarre to the point of being comedic that the small size of a minority makes it inconsequential if it is not treated humanely, yet consequential enough to cause harm to chaplains.

I'm curious what is required of Catholic chaplains who happen to serve side-by-side with a chaplain married to a same-sex spouse? Do they need to run away from water cooler "how was your weekend" discussions to avoid acknowledging the colleague's husband or wife?

slowe11 September 25, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Two suggestions to resolve this:
1. Replace all military chaplains ( what an odd thing anyhow!) with trained counselors – secular ones. No more religious officials in the military!.
2. Catholics can leave the religion and become Humanists!


Serenifly September 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

This coming from a bunch of child rapists.

It's high time the chaplaincy is abolished. They do nothing that can't be done far better by trained counselors.

whyadamlanzadidit September 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm

If the soldiers can prove that they raped a child and lied about it, Catholic priests will give them a full honorary burial

eagander September 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Just one more reason to say "Fuck you!" to the Catholic Mafia. Who needs you!

mjsimmons September 25, 2013 at 10:09 pm

What is going to be interesting, is when these Priest's ignore the Archdiocese and do the job that they vowed to do anyway. Which is provide support to the grieving families, provide comfort and solace.

Mykelbarber September 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Collect every priest, nun, bishop, archbishop and cardinal, revoke their citizenship on the basis that they are Agents of a Foreign Government (the Holy See), and rendition them to the Vatican. Close every Catholic school in the country as terrorist organizations (Crimes Against Humanity). Be done with this pestilence.

SeanLiberty13 September 25, 2013 at 10:18 pm

They can't ban the Chaplains from doing anything. First, those Chaplains work for the Pentagon and are employees of the citizens of America including LGBT citizens. Second, they have first amendment rights so they can preside over whatever they want whether the Roman Catholic Cult approves or not. That is the law is America. Get over it. Any Chaplain who disagrees with them should sue.

P.S. Pay taxes or STFU, moocher. The Roman Catholic Cult has no authority here so sayeth the Constitution.

Huntercgo September 26, 2013 at 7:00 am

Watch for a test case involving a Catholic or Baptist chaplain claiming "religious freedom" as an excuse to ignore their oath and DoD regs. These policies are nothing more than another bid for religious supremacy.

And Mykelbarber: I've often thought that members of the Catholic hierarchy should be required to register as agents of a foreign government. Might make them think twice before they start politicking.

sam3915 September 26, 2013 at 6:55 am

The Catholic Church under Pope Francis: still the same old wealth and power worshiping and mongering, filthy-rich corrupted and funded, bigoted and scapegoating ideology and agenda which has been the basis for so much evil, murder and genocide since the Roman Emperor Constantine started and defined it that way. It is the same Catholic Church, anti-Jesus ideology and agenda that has been incorporated into so many religions and churches since then. It's time to ban Catholics and all others who discriminate against LGBTs from being US Military Chaplains and thereby promoting divisive anti-LGBT bigotry and discrimination within the US military.

spiker1961 September 26, 2013 at 7:25 am

So, the Archbishop is perfectly okay with priests who are serving as chaplains within the Department of Corrections ministering to convicted murderers, rapists and other assorted criminals, but is not okay with priests who are serving as chaplains within the Department of Defense ministering to non-criminals who serve their country or have died in the service of their country.


TommyIs September 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm

If they aren't man (human) enough to do the job, aren't capable of following their Military Oath of Office, they should all be dis-honorably discharged.

Coxhere September 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

How is it that, since its beginning over 2,000 years ago, the christian religion has been 100% wrong on every civil rights issue? Statistical probability says that the christian religion (and any and all other religions) should get it right 50% of the time. There's something going on and has been going on in the christian religion for the past 2,000+ years that it has always come up on the wrong side of history and has always come up on the wrong side of civil rights. It must be the results of EVIL. EVIL men have done this to human beings for over 2,000 years. And these evil men claim that they are following the footsteps of their supposed leader, Jesus of Nazareth. So, not only are they evil in the sense of always working against civil rights, they are also evil in the sense that they are liars.

dauphinjo September 29, 2013 at 2:58 am

Father GI Joseph…"You are all God's children. oh wait, my bad, 99.5% of you are God's children."

I'm not sure where the numerical cut off point is. If we did a massive 'queer enlistment program' and got our numbers up 1 and 2/3 percent would they consider us human then? or 4%? really we need to know how big our group needs to be to considered 'human enough to matter'.

dauphinjo September 29, 2013 at 3:08 am

just thought of something. What about 'last rites'? I'm not in the military so I'm not sure how things work but it would seem very possible that a catholic LGBT soldier might be in need of such services. Would the chaplain deny him the prayers and such of 'last rites' when the soldier is about to die? That would be lower than low.

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