That means priests who hold masses for Catholics can't work and this is taking place worldwide. These priests are not even allowed to volunteer.
The Daily Caller reports that John Schlageter in an op-ed wrote, "during the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on a base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so."
Schlageter is the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA. The Archdiocese's website says they "provide the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces."
Schlageter says he is worried about this restriction as Sunday draws ever close. He wrote in his op-ed, "if the government shutdown continues through the weekend, there will be no Catholic priest to celebrate Mass this Sunday in the chapels at some U.S. military installations where non-active-duty priests serve as government contractors."
Due to the lack of active-duty Catholic chaplains the military hires civilian priests to fill in the gaps as contract ministers. These civilian priests will not even be allowed on base during this shutdown to minister to Catholics in our military.
Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, who is s West Point graduate and an Army veteran, told the Daily Caller on Friday, this “crosses a constitutional line.” Pompeo also said, "”It is completely irresponsible for the president to turn his back on every American’s First Amendment rights by furloughing military contract clergy.”
Pompeo continued to blasted the shutdown by saying, "the President’s strategy during the slowdown, just as during the sequestration, is to create as much pain as possible. However, this action crosses a constitutional line of obstructing every U.S. service member’s ability to practice his or her religion.”
It stands to reason with the restriction that no ministers of any faith will be allowed to minister to their congregations. The government shutdown is affecting open air monuments and online websites as well.
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