Catholic priests in military face arrest for celebrating Mass
The President of the United States has finally reached and crossed the “bridge too far” by threatening Catholic priests with arrest if they perform their God-given duties for members of our military during the presidentially initiated fiscal shutdown—even if the priests volunteer to perform these duties without pay.
"John Schlageter, general counsel for the archdiocese*, said any furloughed priests volunteering their services could face big trouble.
“During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so,” he said in a written statement"
The first Amendment to our Constitution fobids anyone from violating its prohibition: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”
After five years of using nearly every means possible to systematically reduce our Country to a ‘third-world status’, our “American Caesar” has decided to ‘cross the Rubicon’ and commit an outrageous act of defiance.
What can we expect Pope Francis and Cardinal Dolan to do? The Catholics in American need leaders who will give a full force pushback against this totalitarianism. Absent of a strong response will direct the President to more drastic attacks. The lost battle over contraception should have been an ‘eye opener’ for the Cardinal and the Pope. However, the fear of losing Church wealth seems to have trumped Church Doctrine.
"Bill Donohue, of the Catholic League, told me he’s not surprised by the decision to furlough Catholic priests.
“In American history there has been no administration more anti-Catholic than the Obama administration,” he said. “For them to deny Catholic men and women the opportunity of the sacraments and to deal with their prayerful vocations is really a stunning statement.”
“Donohue chalked it up to meanness.”
Is the clerical hierarchy weaker than the 90-year-old veterans of WWII who pushed the barricades aside at their National Memorial this week, regardless of the lockout the President ordered?
We shall see very soon.
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.—Dietrich Bonhoeffer
*Archdiocese for the Military Services