The government shutdown means military chaplains won’t get paid, according to John Schlageter, the general counsel of the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A.
But what if a priest wants to celebrate Mass for free? He faces arrest, Schlageter writes:
With the government shutdown, 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.
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