Update:10/05: The House has passed a bipartisan resolution to allow all priests and ministers to perform religious services and openly practice their faith including mass on military bases beginning Monday.
The general counsel of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, an independent archdiocese established by Pope John Paul II in 1985, has advised that if priests under government contract offer Mass or perform weddings, baptisms and other religious functions on military bases during the government shutdown, they could be arrested. They aren’t even allowed to openly practice their religion.
They can’t even volunteer.
Non-active duty priests serve under contract to fill the gap of too few priests. Twenty-five percent of active-duty military are Catholic but only 8% of the chaplain corps are priests.
What kind of country are we if we threaten priests with arrest for saying Mass? Do you still think you have a First Amendment?