Archbishop’s letter to congregation censored by US military authorities

Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who is in charge of Catholic chaplains in the U.S. military, asked them to read to their congregations at mass a pastoral letter protesting the Obama administration’s plan to force employers with over 50 employees to provide insurance coverage for surgical sterilization, contraceptives, and embryocidal drugs.  The letter, like many of those from other US Catholic bishops read from pulpits across the country, stated, “We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law.”

The Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains sent an e-mail ordering Catholic chaplains not to read the letter, directing them to mention it in bulletins and have printed copies available.  A number of chaplains are reported to have disobeyed the order, while others contacted the Archbishop.  The Archbishop spoke to the Secretary of the Army, who confirmed that the Chief of Chaplains had acted improperly.  As a result of the discussion with the Secretary, a censored version of the letter was read to congregations.  The original is available on the military archdiocese website. [CNS News]

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