Due to inaction in Washington, some 50 Catholic chaplains have been furloughed and banned from celebrating Mass this weekend. According to Fox News, "At least one chaplain was told that if he engaged in any ministry activity, he would be subjected to disciplinary action."
Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdioces for the Military told Todd Starnes, "In very practical terms it means Sunday Mass won't be offered. If someone has a baptism scheduled, it won't be celebrated."
John Schlageter is General Counsel of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA wrote in an op-ed on Thursday, " With the government shutdown, many GS and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer. During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so."
The Blaze noted that while furloughed employees were told not to use their Blackberries [via Politico] whether this would apply to Chaplains. The Blaze notes that the Anti-Deficiency Act says that during such a shut down executive branch officials cannot undertake any obligations for which the federal government would provide funding.
Lt. Col. Laurel P. Tingley of the Air Force Press Desk told The Blaze, “Any civilian employee who volunteers their time to the government while furloughed is violating the Anti-Deficiency Act, as is any supervisor who allows an employee to do so. The ADA provides for disciplinary action for individuals who are found in violation.”
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’
John 15:18-25 [NIV]