Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $37,039 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Obama: military chaplains don't need conscience clause

Catholic World News - January 04, 2013

President Barack Obama has charged that a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, ensuring conscience protection for military chaplains, is “unnecessary and ill-advised.”

In a statement issued upon signing the bill, President Obama said that the conscience-clause protection—which stipulates that chaplains cannot be required to perform ceremonies that violate their beliefs—is unwise. He instructed Defense Department officials to ensure that “the implementing regulations do not permit or condone discriminatory actions.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,418 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,582.05
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 6 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: dagbat - Jan. 07, 2013 1:30 PM ET USA

    Let's hope our Catholic military chaplains stand firm in their faith, and have the moral spine to say NO! Let Caesar cajole and threaten all he wants. In the end he is nothing and only God matters. It is time for the Catholic clergy to face head on the moral battle that is being waged against them, and to once again assume their proper role as Soldiers of Christ and Defenders of Mother Church!

  • Posted by: mgreen32234 - Jan. 07, 2013 12:16 PM ET USA

    Can we hope for any defense of tradition from inside the military? I know Archbishop Broglio is trying. But the Army chief of all chaplains appointed by Obama is a Catholic priest from Albany NY! Will he be Caesar's silent obedient soldier or Christ's sword carrier?

  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Jan. 07, 2013 10:38 AM ET USA

    As a Navy Vietnam era vet, I wrote Archbishop Timothy Broglio who is the ordinary of the Archdiocese for the Military Services in regard to this. The incumbent wants to silence any criticism of gay and abortion rights. In order to complete his agenda, he will have to have a major push against the Catholic Church. The Church has plenty of warning and needs to speak out now which evidently they refuse to do. National Socialism gained a hold because of the reluctance of the German-Austrian bishops.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 06, 2013 4:08 AM ET USA

    So Obama signed something he didn't agree with and he'll make sure that the chaplains will pay if they invoke their own conscience and religious beliefs - Henry VIII would be proud.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Jan. 04, 2013 11:01 PM ET USA

    So the chaplain who objects to marrying homosexuals won't be disciplined? Or will he be disciplined because he is discriminating against homosexuals by such refusal? As usual, the stuff that comes out of obama's mouth is neither truthful nor sensible. BTW, a chaplain has already married two homosexuals, in uniform, at JB Ft Dix/McGuire. The precedent is set.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jan. 04, 2013 5:59 PM ET USA

    Yet another signal that there will be an attack here against the Church.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Pope is not the problem 18 hours ago
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. 20 hours ago
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? October 22
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6