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Federal court dismisses suit filed by priest during government shutdown

May 08, 2014

A federal district court has a dismissed a lawsuit filed by Father Ray Leonard, a civilian chaplain who was temporarily barred from celebrating Mass at a naval base during the government shutdown.

Father Leonard filed his lawsuit on October 14; according to the court decision, the priest was informed on the following day that he could continue to celebrate Mass at the base despite the shutdown. The court dismissed Father Leonard’s claim because he is not suffering ongoing injury and “because the likelihood that these events will reoccur is, at best, speculative.”


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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - May. 08, 2014 5:04 PM ET USA

    I support Father Leonard as a Navy vet. However, the courts appear to have gotten it right. Nevertheless, he has laid the basis for a claim if it should happen again to either him or other priests.