Outrage!… Military Tells Chaplains What They Can and Can’t Say About Obama Administration’s Assault on Religion

Last week Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan lashed out at the Obama Administration for forcing religious organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. The rule would force Christian organizations to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion drugs to workers even though this violates Catholic Church teaching. The new rules are so strict that most Catholic institutions will not qualify for an exemption.

(The Echo)

Even Pope Benedict warned of the “grave threat” to religious freedom in United States before the Obama Administration approved the new rules.

Now the Obama Administration is forbidding Catholic chaplains from reading a letter from the leader of the US bishops.

Business Insider reported:

The emerging conflict between the Catholic Church and the Obama administration may have a new front: in the U.S. military itself.

The Catholic Church is fighting mad about an HHS ruling that would have them buy insurance for things they consider sinful–contraception, sterilization and abortion.

All the bishops in the country sent out a letter to be read in their parishes promising that the Church “cannot-and will not-comply with this unjust law.”

Even Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who is in charge of Catholic military chaplains sent out the same letter. But after he did, the Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains sent out another communication forbidding Catholic priests to read the letter, in part because it seemed to encourage civil disobedience, and could be read as seditious against the Commander-in-Chief.

More than one Catholic chaplain who spoke to us off the record confirmed that many chaplains disobeyed this instruction and read the letter anyway.

Others sought further instructions from their Archbishop. Now after much behind-the-scenes bureaucratic wrangling, a new version of the letter will be read, one that was edited of the language about “unjust laws.” A new statement issued this afternoon from Archbishop Broglio’s office acknowledged the interference this way:

Archbishop Broglio and the Archdiocese stand firm in the belief, based on legal precedent, that such a directive from the Army constituted a violation of his Constitutionally-protected right of free speech and the free exercise of religion, as well as those same rights of all military chaplains and their congregants. Following a discussion between Archbishop Broglio and the Secretary of the Army, The Honorable John McHugh, it was agreed that it was a mistake to stop the reading of the Archbishop’s letter. Additionally, the line: “We cannot-we will not-comply with this unjust law” was removed by Archbishop Broglio at the suggestion of Secretary McHugh over the concern that it could potentially be misunderstood as a call to civil disobedience.

Don’t expect the state-run media to report on this story.

It doesn’t fit their narrative.

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  • StrangernFiction

    IMHO any member of the armed forces that refuses to server this evil MFer has done the right thing.

  • Patty

    The IS OFFICIALLY IS NO LONGER THE LAND OF THE FREE. Armageddon Awaits.

  • Patty

    correction:

    This, not the is officially

  • Patty

    Obama must not be re-elected. This administration doesn’t care about morals or the people of this nation. They are ruling like communists. And they have just the right words to say to get away with what they are doing.

    Imagine if Bush did this. If he interfere in every aspect of our live. There would be H$#@ for Bush to pay.

    Our nation has problems but now Obama imo is far worse a problem. He is making things so terribly difficult in everything he touches.

  • lol

    china has a catholic church that is run by the state, they don’t go under the pope. the current regime is also dictating what the church can and can not do, or say in America. first it was an assault on judaism, and now the catholics.

  • martha

    Amendment 1 of the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free excercise thereof” What part of that does Obama not understand? I thought he was a constitutional lae professor.

  • Kermit

    Orders… right straight from the top…

  • nana

    Obama’s war with the Catholics, he should be voted out.

  • Texas_Treeroach

    It’s called hijacking the moral integrity and religious foundation of Our National Heritage.

  • Patty

    What possesses a President to try and change the very life blood of the Catholic Church. His mentor Wright is a radical and racist. Obama sat there for 20 years listening to the hate then became president? Now, we are reaping what Obama sows. The hate is now progressing our nation’s Military. And what is more remarkable the Military is obliging this hate and propaganda.

    GD America is a lesson Obama has learned well. There will be a rise up in this nation. I now believe it will come. Things aren’t going well in our nation, but Obama is becoming more of enemy, then any problem we face. A disaster created where there wasn’t one. He is creating that alright. Nothing more.
    Obama ruling requires Catholic institutions to violate church teaching, why is he still president.

  • crackermike

    Imagine for an instant the media UPROAR that would result if a Military moslem cleric was prevented by Bush from preaching hate and murder of Americans. Obama is a moslem, pure and simple. Obama HATES America and the Constitution, pure and simple. After Obama is not re-elected, he must be prosecuted and imprisoned for willfully and wantonly conspiring to deny American Citizens their Civil Rights. This is how tyrants start civil wars.

  • owl

    What is wrong with all of these issues? How does Obama get by with it?

    Those Professional MSM Pooper-Scoopers are AWOL.

    After you say to yourself how bad Obama is, remind self of who elected him. MSM.

    Not one of these things could have taken place under Bush. Nada. Zero. MSM runs this country and for some reason, most people do not understand it. They are the power behind the throne. Talk all you want about how much they no longer matter. It ain’t so.

    MSM is what made all of this possible for Obama. They are vile.

  • StrangernFiction

    If you want full freedom to say what you want, don’t join the military.

    Chaplain or not, you take “orders”.

    Yup, mass slaughter is ugly but it’s just par for the course cause folks got to obey orders.

  • StrangernFiction

    What possesses a President to try and change the very life blood of the Catholic Church.

    The same thing that possessed Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Idi Amin…….

  • Major Kong

    Have to wonder why Obama has created this controversy in an election year. Suspect that the hubris that inevitably results from an unchecked narcissistic personality may be compromising his ability to recognize limits. Whatever the explanation, I believe we may be witnessing the beginning of evil destroying itself.

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  • olm

    I am literally disgusted by the assault on the Catholic Church.
    It makes me sick to my stomach. But you’re right, there is no reporting. None.
    We only know about SGK and Planned Parenthood.
    Scary times.

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  • http://theobservatorium.blogspot.com The Watcher

    #7 February 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm
    martha commented:

    Amendment 1 of the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free excercise thereof” What part of that does Obama not understand? I thought he was a constitutional lae professor.”

    The second half, Martha…the same part most liberals conveniently leave out.

  • http://biggovernment.com gosh!

    Of course this obama’s war on religious rights in this country………Chaplains are commissioned officers……..chaplains are not employees…….as commissioned officers they swear an oath to defend the constitution……..constitution does not premit-{Hilter’s training-pants want-to be} to interfere with their religious semons and ministy………they haven’t swore a oath to obama yet…..just sayin