Wednesday, January 18, 2012

U.S. Army Chaplains and Their Good Pastoral Work

Wednesday greetings to all.

I have been so impressed this week by the 70+ U.S. Army Catholic Military chaplains gathered here in San Diego for their retreat.

It strikes me that these past ten years have been challenging ones for the priesthood here in the United States, especially given the clergy sexual abuse crisis, coupled with the many "downsizings" of parishes in dioceses across the country. The priests gathered here weather these conditions, but they have other issues with which to deal. I have been told that army chaplains are a bit different than chaplains in other branches of the militray. When deployed, these men are actually on the lines of battle. They are with the men and women of the army in places where war is raging. They see death on a regular basis and much of their pastoral care revolves around situations that you and I will never have to face.

The week has made me grateful for their good pastoral work and for the sacrifices they make to care for those who defend the causes of liberty ad justice around the world.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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