Chaplains have a calling that I’m not sure is tenable in the long run. The State, in the form of the Army, silenced Catholic chaplains last week, see here.
The Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains subsequently sent an email to senior chaplains advising them that the Archbishop’s letter was not coordinated with that office and asked that it not be read from the pulpit. The Chief’s office directed that the letter was to be mentioned in the Mass announcements and distributed in printed form in the back of the chapel.
Increasingly, the Church is being called to a public witness that will result in consequences. Will Christians stand up, or go silent?