February 7, 2012 Print

Army Forbids Archbishop’s Letter from Being Read


As controversy over the Obama administration’s new mandate that even religious organizations need to cover the cost of contraceptives and possible abortifacients continues to mount, the administration took things another step further this weekend.

The office of the Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Army told Catholic chaplains they could not read to their congregations a letter from Archbishop Timothy Broglio protesting the mandate.

“Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those immoral ‘services’ in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies,” Broglio wrote.

The Army later agreed to allow the letter to be read as long as chaplains left out one sentence: “We cannot — and will not — comply with this unjust law.”

That’s not enough for advocates of religious freedom, however.

“Chaplains represent their faith groups, and they must not be muzzled. They must not be told to not represent their faith group,” said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. The Obama administration “seems to be at war with church and church values and religious liberty.”

Read Archbishop Timothy Broglio’s letter to Catholic military service members.



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