Originally Posted by JReducation
Not always. There are many religious brothers who are chaplains. The requirements depend on the needs of the organization doing the contracting. In my community we have two that are hospital chaplains. When anointing or confession are needed, they simply contact the patient's parish priest. They do all of the counseling, take communion to the sick, do spiritual direction and they also serve as the moral conscience of the healthcare team. There are many duties to a chaplaincy beyond confession and mass.
In the case of the K of C, they don't need much more than confession and mass. It makes sense that they require ordained chaplains. They get all of the other services from their home parish.
That is what we were discussing, K of C chaplains, not hospital chaplains. My comment referred to the K of C in this context.