Mass during a break in the fighting on Iwo Jima – WWII
A special national collection to be taken at Masses Nov. 9-10 will help the archdiocese and its chaplains and pastoral staff “serve those who serve,” said Archbishop Broglio.
“The men and women in the military, and their families, have experienced a very heavy professional and personal burden and a number of hardships,” he told Catholic News Service in an interview. “They rely on our Catholic chaplains for spiritual guidance and support.”
The military archdiocese provides the full range of the Catholic Church’s pastoral ministries and spiritual services to the men and women — and their families — who serve in the nation’s five military branches, as well as patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers and Foreign Service personnel working outside the United States.
This is the first year of the special national collection for the military archdiocese. In November 2012 at their general fall assembly, the U.S. bishops agreed to add it to the number of other national collections the U.S. Catholic Church has in place.
Under the plan for the military archdiocese collection, it will be taken voluntarily in parishes every three years.
The funds will help the archdiocese, among other things, recruit more priests to serve as chaplains and combat a current shortage of clergymen to serve the troops in combat zones, on warships and in other military settings.
Editor’s note: The military command generally considers ANY chaplain of virtually ANY denomination to be acceptable for ministering to our Catholic troops. This shocking lack of discernment and grave violation of religious liberty needs to stop – and the best way to make that happen is to exponentially increase the available number of Catholic priest/chaplains.