Catholic World News

US troops face severe shortage of Catholic military chaplains

January 03, 2012

A shortage of Catholic chaplains has curtailed access to the sacraments for American troops deployed overseas.

The number of Catholic chaplains in active-duty military service has dropped almost 50% in the past decade. For more than 275,000 Catholic military personnel, there are now just 200 chaplains. Protestant, Jewish, and Islamic troops have more favorable ratios of available chaplains.

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