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Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics


How about trying this one on for size? Here is the press release headline from Congressman Tim Huelskamp’s office this afternoon:

Obama Administration Denies Mass to Catholics

Apparently, a priest was denied access to a military chapel this weekend. Father Ray Leonard serves at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia but because of the government shutdown, he wasn’t allowed to go to celebrate Mass this past weekend.

He is contracted by the Defense Department to meet the spiritual needs of Catholics, but not now. The chapel doors were locked and the sign said, “Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice.”

Father Leonard said the following:

“This is our church, Catholics have an expectation and obligation to attend Mass and we were told, ‘No you can’t go to church this week…“ My parishioners were upset. They were angry and dismayed. They couldn’t believe that in America they’d be denied access to Mass by the government.”

Rep. Tim Huelskamp had this reaction:

“Time and time again this Administration demonstrates it is waging a war against the very religious freedoms upon which America was founded. This is exactly why we worked to pass legislation (House Concurrent Resolution 58) this past weekend – to protect the religious liberties of all those who bravely serve in our Armed Forces.”

The Brody File will follow up.

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# RE: Priest: Obama Administration Denied Mass To Catholics

I wonder if Muslim faith services were curtailed?
Left by Ricardo Queso on Oct 08, 2013 4:40 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Administration Denied Mass To Catholics

When "they" came for the Catholics, I dod nothing for I was not Catholic ... I think we should all think about that.
Left by GoldenRudy on Oct 08, 2013 4:47 PM

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Well most of the Catholic Priests voted for Obama so they deserve what they get. They deserve what they get.
Left by Lu7777 on Oct 08, 2013 4:49 PM

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"While Obama's blackness afforded him a unique opportunity to right the ship of our jurisprudence—our cultural identity in self-evident natural law and our common understanding of God-given personal liberties including life for the pre-born—Obama has used his blackness to govern in the opposite direction. Obama is an evangelist preaching the incoherency of 'multiculturalism' and is an exhibit of rebellion against God.


http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/10/barack-obamas-blackness-vs-the-american-black-emancipation-narrative/
Left by Pieder Beeli on Oct 08, 2013 4:55 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Administration Denied Mass To Catholics

M+ Stop me from Mass? The VC couldn't.
Heads up, sucker! You'll have to cuff and shackle me.
Airborne! and Semper Fi!!
Army Airborne Catholic Chaplain. (Retired but still hardcore.)
Christ said be "humble" not a doormat If in Heaven we do not meet, I hope you can stand the heart.
Left by Fr. Chuck on Oct 08, 2013 4:58 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

Part of Obama, and his core of Marxists in the White House is not only his own objective...but that of George Soros,which is the eradication of all religion and faith. These are godless men...Obama is after all, a Marxist Alinskyite. Do you picture those communists who framed Obama's view of the world and politics ever permitting religion? or belief in God? Obama is a 'hard core ideologue" I saw this clearly back in 2007...yet it seems the scales are only now falling from the eyes of so many. This is an evil, brutal tyrant. He is now using every cruel and mean tactic to engender more hatred and division in America. His spending? If you ever read about the Cloward Piven strategy, you'll realize that this spending is a springboard to a communism coming to America. Wake up America! This is far worse than you realize.
Left by Alfred-King of Wessex on Oct 08, 2013 5:03 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

If the govt's heavy hand locked the doors to a bldg. it wouldn't take more than a post-it note on the door to say "Due to non-negotiable circumstance, our Sunday Mass will be held at the nearest public park, Walmart parking lot, or residential driveway today. Please join us to make further arrangements while our govt. leaders continue their tantrum. ""Wherever two or more are gathered in His Name.""
Left by Beth on Oct 08, 2013 5:05 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

Imagine the mass hysteria and media outrage if a Muslim cleric had been denied access to his mosque.

Sickening.
Left by Christopher on Oct 08, 2013 5:05 PM

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The priest isn't getting paid by the government; this is the Marxist Obama - once again - inserting himself as God. It does not bode well for Obama.
Left by Daisy on Oct 08, 2013 5:10 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

This new outrage comes on the heels of the Administration's moves against WWII vets at their memorial, ordinary citizens at parks and recreational sites around the country, etc. etc... Kids with cancer being hurt, old people being thrown out of their homes, therapy dogs being blocked from hospitals... It just goes on and on. What is the purpose to this evil madness? My guess - and I hope I am just being paranoid - is that Obama is deliberately TRYING to provoke an armed confrontation with some hotheaded victim of their abuses of power. That would allow them to seize power under "National emergency" laws, suspend the Constitution and end any pretense of democracy.
Left by Zohar Khan on Oct 08, 2013 5:10 PM

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Message today at Naval Hospital:
Until the budget for non-personal service contracts is approved, we are unable to offer Roman Catholic Mass tomorrow (10/09/13) as originally scheduled.

We will notify everyone as soon as we know funding is available to have our contract Catholic Priest onboard again.
This is real
Left by CM on Oct 08, 2013 5:13 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

The priest should be upset with both political party's are screwing us.
Left by whattim on Oct 08, 2013 5:15 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

It seems to me that the priest was not prevented from saying mass . He was prevented from using the chapel. Wouldn't it have been possible to have the mass elsewhere, either on of off the base?
Left by Artie on Oct 08, 2013 5:18 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

Obama is a closeted Islamic; what did they expect when they voted for him?
Left by Thomas Paine on Oct 08, 2013 5:19 PM

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>There are times in a REAL CHRISTIANS LIFE when they have to stand on their own two feet! Be they Protestant or Catholic....neither Priest nor Minister is going to get them into heaven.
Its on the individuals shoulder's to FACE GOD ALONE. The Priest/Minister facilitate an condition of church environment--but thats all, they are not the ones who are SALVIFIC. Jesus is! Whoever complained re: Gov/Obama shutdown caused so many Catholics to not be able to have Mass....how about them praying at home, in the garage, out in a war zone. Is it any wonder why the majority of Christians are thumbing their noses at Priests? Church? Any possibility its the Ortho-praxy that is at fault and Sex offenders who are Wolves in Sheep's clothing?
Left by HeadTinkler on Oct 08, 2013 5:19 PM

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You don't need a chapel to conduct a Mass, do you? Why not conduct it outdoors?

NEVER allow anyone ~ ESPECIALLY this evil regime ~ to stop people from worshipping the Lord and practicing their Faith.
Left by SafeTea on Oct 08, 2013 5:21 PM

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No other Catholic churches in Kings Bay Georgia?
Left by Tito St. Germaine on Oct 08, 2013 5:36 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

It's not right to blame Obama. He's acting just as any reasonably informed American would expect. The blame goes to the people who voted for him. I hope the vast majority that are hurt by this psychpathic president are Obama voters.
Left by JoeG on Oct 08, 2013 5:43 PM

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If the priest are volunteering to come in and do the mass how exactly does non-funding play into it at all. I think this is just another, as if we need one, example of Obama trying to bring on the pain. How pathetic!
Left by CindyinSC on Oct 08, 2013 5:44 PM

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Yes, a surprise to some, but Chapel on a military base is "government church." If the Padre's contract wasn't funded in Fiscal Year 14 with most of the rest of the government, he would not have the authority to do work on the base. It would have been smart of that small but important body of believers to make plans to worship "out in town." Dealing with contingencies is typically something submariners are taught, right?...
Left by Don on Oct 08, 2013 5:50 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

This can't be a surprise to anyone. Obama and his cronies have demonstrated their contempt for religious folk time and again. I'm surprised that the base commander didn't have orders to arrest the chaplain for trespassing and throw him in the stockade.
Left by Thanatos on Oct 08, 2013 5:54 PM

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T he war against Catholic or for that matter, all Christians, is not a new war. This country had to fight for her religious freedoms from its very beginnings. Look at what Hitler did to the Jews. Look at the history of the Jewish religion from the time of Abraham. For thousands of years the Jews have had to fight for their religious freedom. From the Philistines, the Arabs, the Muslims, the Arians, etc have always wanted to destroy the Jews and now have added the Christians to their hit lists. Obama's administration is now better. Their approach is as those of the past; attack the Christians in everyday possible. These men in the WH and in Congress who are attacking Christians know that Socialism or Communism or any dictatorship cannot survive along side of Christianity. If they can destroy us they can control the rest.
Left by victorjv on Oct 08, 2013 5:57 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

If it were a Muslim Mosque,President Barack HUSSEIN Obama would grant it an exemption from the shutdown.Enough is enough.I don't think that any of the veterans wanting to visit the WW 11 Memorial were Muslim,probably all Christian.
Left by enufisenuf on Oct 08, 2013 5:58 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

I am not surprised by anything Mr.Obama does that takes away Liberty & Justice for ALL. He should be ashamed of himself for allowing the Devil to work through him to bring harm to the citizens of the USA. We have read of this day in our Holy Bibles. Prayer is our First Defense!
I see now WHY Obama refuses to negotiate with the Republicans and Democrats to put and end to the Government Shut Down. He is using it as a Tool to further the desires of the Devil. He has NO INTENTION of coming to a Compromise. It's past time for him to be out of the office of the President of the USA. He is not worthy to be there.
Left by Marj on Oct 08, 2013 6:02 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

Do you believe yet that is anti-christian? He has forsaken our Faith and Military personnel, and the American Citizens property and treasures in persuit of his agenda. It is time to impeache him and remove his guard from the controls ouf OUR country. HE IS A TRAITOR TO AMERICA
Left by Readymalitiaman on Oct 08, 2013 6:06 PM

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To all of you naive folks who think that Obama could never get the armed
forces or the wanna-be para military types to fire on average citizens
during a time of mass civil disobedience, think again. The only thing
standing between these people and total despotism is the 2nd
amendment. Take that away and we are as defenseless against them as the
common Germans were prior to WWII.
Left by funksoul6 on Oct 08, 2013 6:09 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

This should be no surprise. The shutdowns have been selective, and conform to administration prejudices: they'll inconvenience the general public and veterans, but not BO's golf course or Michelle's program; they'll shut down the Mall, except for a pro-amnesty rally. BO has always had it in for Catholics, particularly now that the Conference of Catholic Bishops are standing up for Catholic freedom to practice their religion in the face of the Obamacare mandate. His entire presidency is an affront to the Constitution.
Left by morefandave on Oct 08, 2013 6:12 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

Simple solution, declare Muslamism, volaa!
Left by nostudme on Oct 08, 2013 6:13 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

What would you expect from an anti-Christian administration?
Left by James Madison on Oct 08, 2013 6:14 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

One of the 43 stated, openly aknowledged, communist golas as read January 10, 1963 -

"The Honorable A. S. Herlong Jr. stated the 45 Communist goals, in the House of Representatives" was:

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.” (source below)

Many more tenents of communism were also against religion, among many other aspects of freedom.

Well worth reading the list linked below


http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/welcome-to-the-nwo-comrade-1963-commie-goals-almost-accomplished-in-america/60562
Left by Cynicles on Oct 08, 2013 6:16 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

I don't think Paul would have cared about possible arrest. Nor Daniel, Shadrack, Meshack, Abednego, or Mordeccai. Not to mention the martyrs to His cause.
Left by Haile Tsada on Oct 08, 2013 6:18 PM

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Nothing more than a tyrant's efforts to stick it to people with values. Is this really a surprise to anyone?
Left by VidkunL on Oct 08, 2013 6:23 PM

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Is anyone surprised by this, coming from the most anti-Christian administration in the history of the country?
Left by James Madison on Oct 08, 2013 6:24 PM

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Lately the US government officials are disregarding Americans so blatently one would think heroes of the Obama administration are King Louis the 15th and Fidel Castro. I applaud every sincere action and decision made by American government officials to empower Americans to live, worship God and prosper in a healthy economic environment; so lets get with the program!
Left by DLPicerno on Oct 08, 2013 6:35 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

With this act of denying Holy Sacrifice of Mass to a Priest of God of Holy Catholic Church the game has entirely changed for our purported prez. BHO will soon see. He has now challenged the One True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Stay tuned for further events. I would not like to be in the golf shoes of Mr. Soroeto. (sp?)
Left by look for truth on Oct 08, 2013 7:14 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

Freedom of religon also includes freedom of worship. A sacred space, e.g.
the Roman Catholic Chapel on the base, was consecrated by a bishop or other Roman Catholic prelate. That moment of consecration set the boundaries, and Obama, like the East German authorities in the Eastern Zone, has not right or authorization to invade the sacred space.

God will not bless this flawed Administration or the US, so long as we tolerate these acts.

I fear that Obama will have the leporsy of Naaman put up him in some horrible form. A President or authority is not superior to the God of the Bible. He is treading on holy ground.
James A. Glasscock - a retired but active Presbyterian minister.
Left by Longdrycreek on Oct 08, 2013 7:14 PM

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There is a simple solution to this.

Just like the days of the early church, if you must - hold mass in someone's basement, dining room, or a shed. You don't need a chapel to say a mass. Go underground. Let the government try to force you to stop.
Left by Mike920 on Oct 08, 2013 7:25 PM

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How did Obama deny priests access to the church? This is a result of the shutdown, which is the fault of everyone in Washington. It's amazing how they make it out to be Obama denying them access.
Left by Mr. Cox on Oct 08, 2013 7:36 PM

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Hold onto your hats folks! BO has defied the Living God of Heaven and Earth by denying the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I ain't going to be pretty for anyone who does that. Stay tuned for further developments.
Left by look for truth on Oct 08, 2013 7:55 PM

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This is great! Catholics have been forcing their religion on people for thousands of years, and now somehow they get snuffed! Small victory for humanity, but a victory none the less!
Catholicism is in no way based on the bible, and it's teachings. It is pure devil worship and an obstacle to human development.
Left by peterJ1226 on Oct 08, 2013 8:03 PM

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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

H. L. Mencken

For all his shortcomings, Mencken nailed this one. I am a daily mass, cradle catholic who is relishing the discomfort of my brethren who cast their votes for BHO. There are fools and damned fools; the former vote and hope for the best; the latter voted for the CiNOs such as Pelosi and Biden, and BHO.
Left by rawheadrex on Oct 08, 2013 8:24 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

Obama appears to have an unabashed disdain for Christians. I do not believe that he knows The Lord He will find that it is a fearful thing to be a sinner in the hands of an angry GOD.
Left by billusnret on Oct 08, 2013 8:34 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

From that great African American musical, chieftain Obama should know "his arms are to short to box with God".

Sure I've had it with these people long ago, but the Catholic Church should focus like on a laser on the religious freedoms of its flock here, in America now. They need to stop playing illegal immigrant games with these anti-religious bigots and defend the faith now.

The POTUS's goal is to divide and conquer all of their opponents, including us. They know that middle-American Catholics do not approve of the church's stance on illegal immigrants, and the administration is suckering the church leaders into this silly division in its own pews. If the nation will again permit religious freedom in our military and our schools and the village square, then we can solve the illegal immigrant problem. It is being used to split the church.

The church is the people and the Catholic Church needs to take a page out of the book of the first cardinal of New York.
Left by Tim Donovan on Oct 08, 2013 8:48 PM

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This comes as NO surprise to me. Remember that this administration is going out of its way to inflict as much pain as possible in order for the Republicans to get the blame. Obama is THE most pro abortion president ever to hold office so this is just one more shot across the bow aimed at Catholics and Christians in general. Obama is going to find out that what goes around......comes around!
Left by Rocco on Oct 08, 2013 8:49 PM

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What else did you expect from a muzzle loving socialist. He hates any one who actually believes in something he does not like.
Left by LYSOLMOTOROLA on Oct 08, 2013 8:51 PM

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This is by far the most anti -Catholic, anti-Christian president to ever occupy the White House. he's right up there with Adolph Hitler b/c he won't allow Catholics to have mass & believes in abortion even as a baby is coming down the birth canal
Left by pmmg on Oct 08, 2013 9:01 PM

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Wake-up Americans! Indviduals have lost their Religious Freedom and do not seem to be aware of this tyrannical take-over by this administration and a hostage held Senate by Harry Reid. The Affordable Healtcare Act a.k.a. Obamacare a.k.a. A Tax has also taken away the indvidual's Freedom because the individual is forced to buy a "health Insurance" policy that will provide payment to abortionists. Tax dollars from the Treasure will be used to give to the Insurance Companies to cover the costs for abortionists, like Grosnell, to perform abortions on demand (full-term). It is against the Law to use Tax dollars for abortions. Americans killing the innocent helpless future American with Tax dollars? A country that is suppose to have Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience no longer exists. It is for all men of Good Will to speak-up and take back the Freedoms that belong to The People, By the People and For the People of the United States of America.
Left by HelloHello on Oct 08, 2013 9:11 PM

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Editor: Why aren't you publishing comments from Catholics who are so saddened by this shocking denial of a religious right??? I've tried to get two polite comments published, but no soap. What makes me even sadder is the thought that even you are anti-Catholic. Pray that not so. Ettu Brutus?
Left by look for truth on Oct 08, 2013 9:15 PM

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Hello?

This is as predictable as the sun coming up in the morning. The illegal occupant in the White House has still not shown his eligibility, this is requirement #1 and there are many many broken laws since this one. Why are we still going along with all this law-breaking?

I will predict that as long as Christians assume a supine position and let law breaking continue, law breaking will continue at full speed.

What God is requiring is for men to stand up and require accountability and responsibility. Any men want to stand up? Or will we all resume our supine positions again?

Please think about this, because supine believers will slip into hell as the final destination.

Your choice?
Left by Randall on Oct 08, 2013 9:23 PM

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The self-anointed Obamessiah will have no other God before him.

Fear the wrath of thy Obamessiah.

Behold his mighty limp wrist!
Left by Truth Detector on Oct 08, 2013 9:23 PM

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The mainstream media failed to inform on the activities of Obama as a communist agitator. His admiring statements about communist figures and his family's involvement in communist activities. He is plainly a Communist. He says he's a Christian, but on several occasions the universalist notion that other religions have their roads to heaven. He, in effect, calls our Savior a lier. He in not a Christian, his fruits are bad; he's a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Left by poppyw on Oct 08, 2013 9:24 PM

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How long does it take to approve comments? It is hard to believe that nobody has commented in all this time.
Left by HelloHello on Oct 08, 2013 9:48 PM

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Truth is hard to see if your eyes are closed, to hear truth one must un-cover your ears and listen with an open heart. Truth is this administration is not about truth and mostly all lies.
Left by De de on Oct 08, 2013 10:02 PM

# RE: Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to Catholics

Just how many Muslims were denied their mosque services? Was it just Catholics or were other religious services denied: Jewish, Muslim, Protestant?
Left by kimdi01 on Oct 08, 2013 10:22 PM

# Fallacy

This post seems very bias and incomplete. First thing, the priest is a contractor. If the government is shut down then the contracted priests are not permitted to work even if it is voluntary. During a government shutdown most contracted employees are not allowed on military installations. The active duty chaplains can still perform the services, but no contractors are allowed on the military bases because there is no approved funding to check-in the contractors on the base. And it's not just the Obama Administration, but our government as a whole. Also, there is no contracted priests, ministers, or rabies for any religion allowed, not just Catholics. The government can not exercise the law to provide access to faith for a "captive audience" when there is no funds to pay someone to provide this service. Plus, the electricity and water is probably turned off in the Chapel, which may go against some fire or security codes.
Left by Erik on Oct 08, 2013 10:45 PM

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What's that sizzling sound? It's you in hell, Mr
Obama.
Left by henneey on Oct 08, 2013 10:46 PM

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I hope Christians who could not get into their home services, are humbling themselves and praying and fasting for God to move in the land and among the leaders of this nation, to grieve over our sins and repent before God. to untie the bands of injustice

Excerpt: "They couldn’t believe that in America they’d be denied access to Mass by the government.”"

-- that does "sound" appalling! but thank the Lord, there are many free churches still all over the country where people may have access to worship the Lord. The Word of God is not bound..
Left by Patricia on Oct 08, 2013 11:01 PM

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This is an outrage! Tell me again how Obama is a Christian? This man is an Anti-Christ. The man of intrigue spoken of in the book of Daniel. He is an enemy of God Himself, and all of God's children. Good thing those of us who love our God are well trained and well versed in the powerful word of God. We will not stumble nor fall. We are warriors for the cause of Christ who has redeemed us. No one can take us from his hand. My God is a living God and he neither slumbers nor sleeps. Woe to those who arouse his anger. It is a hard thing to love in this day and age. A hard thing indeed!
Left by decaronna on Oct 08, 2013 11:35 PM

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As a retired catholic military member (that has never voted for this president) I see two problems with the article. The first is that there are no "Parishes" on military posts/bases. There are clergy of all religions who are stationed at posts/bases to minister to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines and deploy with them when required. The priest here is a contracted civilian who ministers to a "Catholic Community" and serves at the pleasure of the base commander. The reason for this is that there is a shortage of Priests in the military and contracting one to compete for retired parishioners (especially retired service members) against local Parishes is a waste of taxpayer money. And when a Catholic parish is located only a few miles from the base, it is hard to justify the expense of the Catholic Community as essential. These Catholics were not denied communion; it took me two minutes to find St Mary’s Parish in the town of St Mary’s, GA only a few miles away. There is e
Left by Bob on Oct 09, 2013 12:02 AM

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I want to believe that someone misinterpreted what was closed as a result of the gov shutdown. Were all services on this naval base closed to military?
Were other denominations shut out also?
Left by John on Oct 09, 2013 12:49 AM

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Catholics voted for obama. Now they can stew in it.
Left by megthered on Oct 09, 2013 12:53 AM

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Congressman Huelskamp, if your are reading this, thank you for working to pass legislation this past weekend, to protect religious liberties. But, sir, I cannot help but think...What part of remove Obama from office don't Congress understand. It is obvious to those around Obama, as well as the general public, he is suffering mental illness.
Left by sarah on Oct 09, 2013 12:57 AM

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You expect religious tolerance from a third-generation communist?
Left by Anonymous on Oct 09, 2013 1:16 AM

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If I were them--and I'm not even Catholic--I would have service right outside the chapel. If MPs came and told us to disperse--I would sit down. (I would also have the foresight to have someone watching with a camera for news feed and legal help.)
Left by Kimmieb2u on Oct 09, 2013 1:45 AM

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Why do so many Catholics vote democrat/liberal? That ideology mocks and stigmatizes their faith.
Left by RTUT on Oct 09, 2013 3:30 AM

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I'm not able to express my anger for these people. Could they all be possessed by demons?
It's not just a few, it's the racists in the white house, the senate, the congress, the justice system starting with the attorney general down to the park rangers barring us,"we the people", from our own lands!
satan is making its play. We the people must stand against this evil and draw closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We must humble ourselves and pray for God to heal our land before they destroy it!
Left by sam macaw on Oct 09, 2013 5:02 AM

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To cry about having your chapel shutdown makes you look petty and petulant. One doesn't need a church to hold mass and what Father Leonard should have done was hold mass in the hall, the bathroom or the parking lot if necessary.

During WWII my dad frequently attended mass open air mass not far front the front lines. Sometimes there were 5 soldiers attending and sometimes there 10 or 15 and sometimes they were shelled and were forced to dispurse and take cover.

Crying about Obama petty rules doesn't do anyone any good and makes you look like a cry baby. Fr Leonard, you're an American, use a little ingenuity and simply go around his rules.
Left by retiredcopper on Oct 09, 2013 6:05 AM

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Too bad he wasn't a Muslim, then anything goes.
Left by Uncle Milo on Oct 09, 2013 6:42 AM

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I doubt that there would have been any objection if they got on their knees with their ass up and the air, faced Mecca, and worshiped Allah.
Left by Edward Boothe on Oct 09, 2013 7:50 AM

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I doubt that there would have been any objection if they got on their kneesAuq7, faced Mecca, and worshiped Allah.
Left by Edward Boothe on Oct 09, 2013 7:53 AM

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I bet if it was a Muslim service the Obama Admin.would not stop it
Left by Tom on Oct 09, 2013 8:10 AM

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WEll, the catholics overwhelming voted for Obama. You reap what you sow.
Left by Debi on Oct 09, 2013 8:22 AM

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While this doesn't surprise me, the priest should know enough to realize that he doesn't need that chapel to say Mass. He can notify those who attend regularly to meet elsewhere, and hold the Mass at another location. Not that this should let the Obama administration off the hook, but the best response would be for this priest (and any other put in this situation) to simply hold Mass elsewhere.
Left by FrankW on Oct 09, 2013 8:27 AM

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I am looking forward to your follow up. This story has been inadequately reported and has generated superficial emotional responses indicating some nefarious action on part of the Obama administration towards Catholics. I do not think that is accurate in this case. The priests are civilian contractors (as opposed to being militayr chaplains) and as such the contract is subject to the funding whims of the federal government. I suspect your investigation will reveal that the contract was either given a stop-work order or was not funded beyond a specific date. This is not unsual, lots of contracts have been suspended during this shutdown. I'd also like you to investigate whether other faiths (Muslim, Jewish) are also beingprevented form performing services on military installatoins where the Catholics are affected. Please do the public a favor and earnestly and objectviely investigate this situation.
Left by Brian on Oct 09, 2013 8:27 AM

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I can't believe this is really happening. Why is President Obama's golf course open? The military's rights refused? And now no communion for our Catholic military? This is BEYOND RIDICULOUS! I bet the Muslims would get WHATEVER they wanted and more.
Left by marge on Oct 09, 2013 8:42 AM

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Elections have consequences so they tell us. The 60+ percent of Catholics that voted for obama, not once but twice, have to shoulder blame for this as well. I noticed at my children's Catholic school that about half of the parents' cars had obama stickers. This trap that the Catholic voter walked into was a voluntary one. Even as I begged our Diocese's Bishop, our spiritual leader, to create a letter to all of the faithful describing obama as a supporter of abortion, he was meeting with his Priest council to write a letter in support of obama. Ironically our bishop wrote a letter of praise for obama's health care policy, one that Catholic clergy are now battling. The liberal and social justice crowd has just had their chickens come home to roost.
Left by joesphx on Oct 09, 2013 9:16 AM

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Just another sign that all faiths must join together to defend our rights, that are frightfully being taken away every day. Now is the time to join forces and stand up, no matter the cost. We know what the cost can be and we know that its worth fighting for. Now lets show what we believe.
Left by tj on Oct 09, 2013 9:29 AM

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Obama and his thugs must think they are above God. Are they planning to fake his identity when he reaches the Pearly Gate?

Left by Joe on Oct 09, 2013 9:51 AM

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Ah that's so cute. The Congressman thinks he can vote to not to fund a budget and nobody gets hurt. Maybe the best way to counter these nuts is to use their extremist language on them. How about this. Republican Congressman Tim Huelskamp is waging war on the very God who helped make us what we are. By demanding Catholics be exempt from budget cuts he forces Jews and other non-Catholics out of public life. Hey, it feels good to be a lying extremists. I think this will be my new way of communicating. Conservatives prove time and time again they want public funding for Catholic pedophile priests. Our Founding Fathers would cry.
Left by William Holt on Oct 09, 2013 9:56 AM

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The promotes a mental picture: Uncle Sam strapped in a chair with Obama torturing him. The caption reads," Give in!, Give In!". Our president is becoming insane.
Left by johnintoledo on Oct 09, 2013 10:10 AM

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In general, there are a few exceptions, there is a war between Washington, DC and those of us that believe in God, and our religious up bringing. This administration has proven time and time again, they are distressed by our belief in God, and class us as 2nd class citizens. One of the rules of socialism, destroy their religion, for they must believe in the state and its leaders.
Left by Jimbo63 on Oct 09, 2013 10:23 AM

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This week, Mr Obama made a point to commend the FEMA people for "working without pay." Catholic chaplains who are following their vocations are being threatened with arrest for "working without pay" those in the military looking to worship are being deprived of the opportunity to do so.

I seems as if those federal employees and contractors in unions that give money to the democrats are preferred to those who work for God and happen to be contacted by the military to do that work.
Left by sandiego1969 on Oct 09, 2013 10:26 AM

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Perhaps this is retribution for the Vatican's statement that Nancy Pelosi should be denied communion...
Left by theyellowbear on Oct 09, 2013 10:48 AM

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This brings to mind a picture: Uncle Sam strapped in a chair with Obama forcing needles under his fingernails. Caption reads, "Submit!,Submit!".
Left by johnintoledo on Oct 09, 2013 10:58 AM

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What ever happened to free speech?
Left by johnintoledo on Oct 09, 2013 11:14 AM

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Obama is a Communist. He proves it over and over again. I would bet that any Muslim prayer group would not be denied. This man has to go. Sadly, there are so many who still believe in him, although he is a pathological liar. Just goes to prove the latest survey results: Americans are the dumbest people in the world.
Left by abbey on Oct 09, 2013 11:22 AM

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This is beyond ridiculous! REALLY???? I bet the Muslims would get whatever they wanted no questions asked. WAKE UP people!
Left by marge on Oct 09, 2013 11:45 AM

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This POS has crossed the line for sure----1st the Vets and now the Catholics----he has gone too far this time ! ! !! ! The GOOD LORD will take cae of him-----better now than later ! ! !
Left by Proud WW11VET on Oct 09, 2013 12:20 PM

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When I was in the military, prior to being medically retired for combat injuries, I was often thanked by people for my service. All I can say is "words are cheap". What our service men and women do is only part of the sacrifice, we swear to uphold the constitution, and to protect it from all enemies, foreign and domestic. However, it is incumbent upon all citizens to hold and cherish those freedoms for which so much blood was shed. As a citizen, you must do all those things that you ought to do, failing to stand up for your beliefs, failing to vote because you don't like the candidates, failing speak your mind and your faith, you have failed those who have sacrificed. Often the greatest witness is given through our actions. I would gladly forgo all thanks for my service, if we "citizens" would stand up and publicly defend our "God Given Rights" because when the Government subjugates God, then we no longer have cause to claim those God given rights!
Left by dougski123 on Oct 09, 2013 12:24 PM

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I bet the Muslims are getting their services.
Left by Obamalover on Oct 09, 2013 12:36 PM

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Now he has really gone too far. Hopefully someone in the msm will mention this, but I doubt it.
Left by mewp12 on Oct 09, 2013 12:39 PM

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Are you surprised? Muslims do NOT like any other religion.....O'Bamma declared the USA to be muslin nation. You will be on a blanket if he is not arrested soon!
Left by Gee Are on Oct 09, 2013 12:56 PM

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They are trying to punish the American people so we will complain to our Congressmen so that they will give into the demands of the WH. I call this blackmail.
Left by KellieC on Oct 09, 2013 12:58 PM

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The Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War came to be in large part because the clergy educated the American populous that their liberties are from God not any human.
I pray the American citizens will rise up and put a end to these "public servants" that are behaving in a tyrannical manor.
Live free or die!
Left by BruceQ on Oct 09, 2013 1:07 PM

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Thank you for sharing this very important story. I hope this is resolved appropriately and our freedoms protected as a result of this shut down gone awry.
Left by betsy on Oct 09, 2013 1:16 PM

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Seems pretty cruel. PBS gets it's money but not enough for a priest to serve mass? And Obama wants us to trust him with our heathcare decisions?
Left by johnintoledo on Oct 09, 2013 2:15 PM

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Why should anyone be surprised at this?

OBOZO is ANTI CHRISTIAN, ANTI AMERICAN, ANTI US CONSTITUTION, ANTI PERSONAL FREEDOM and ANTI PERSONAL RIGHTS!

When that idiot (I can't use any of the words I'd like to use to describe him) said that he'd "FUNDAMENTALLY" change this country HE MEANT IT!!

And the sheeple nodded, applauded and followed.

Just like when Hitler was given power, so has power been given to Obozo.

Why, when the American people can now see what he's done, what he's doing and what he intends to do in the future, he is allowed to remain in office ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDS ME!
Left by trynfindit on Oct 09, 2013 2:33 PM

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Patriots ! Hear Ye !
Remember this as you leave here tonight !
We the Patriots are the last line of defense against the Darkness !
We hold The Beacon of Freedom the rest of the world looks to in our hands !
We have only two choices !
We restore Our Constitution as the Rule of Law, or We have Government by Decree !
We have The Light of Freedom or, We have the Darkness of Slavery !
We have Liberty or We have Tyranny !
We have Individual Rights or We have Mob Rule !
We have Government By The People, For the People and responsible to, We the People or, We have Government by Anarchy !
The Constitution Can Not Defend itself !
We the People must do so !
It Is our Constitution to Keep or To Lose !
Will you stand with your Countrymen and fellow Patriots !
I stand here on the shores of the Potomac and I say this !
General Washington Sir !
President Washington Sir !
We have come ! We are here !
We stand for the Constitution !
For the Republic !
For Our Sacred Honor !
Are you with me Patriots ?
Left by Codetrader on Oct 09, 2013 2:48 PM

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Mr. Brody,

As a 27 year military veteran and chapel-goer, I would suggest that unfortunately - yes - chapel is "government church" in some ways. Chapel operations are subject to defense appropriations, and some things, like contract ministry services, may be affected by government funding issues.

I share the frustration with those running the government right now. And I believe that chapel services directly support the troops, and should be provided under the recently-signed Pay Our Troops Act.

But saying folks were denied access to Mass seems a little heavy handed. Being military folks trained to deal with contingencies, that body of believers should have been more aware of budget circumstances and made arrangements to meet elsewhere. As we say, the church is the people, not the building.

Anyway, two cents from an old sailor.

Grace and peace,
Don Bosch
Captain, US Navy
Left by Don on Oct 09, 2013 3:21 PM

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Stand out in front of the Church and hold mass. If I were the priest in this instance that is exactly what I would do. If they stop this then sue the pants off the Federal Government.
Left by CitizensKB on Oct 09, 2013 3:44 PM

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Time for all Christians to assemble and hold a service out side the area where it is forbidden .... If done nation wide it would be a message to the president to stop the strong arm politics .....
Left by galut1 on Oct 09, 2013 3:47 PM

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What else would you expect from this lying, Islamic promoting, anti-Christian, anti-Constitutional administration.
Left by comprof on Oct 09, 2013 3:47 PM

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Hey David Brody and all the folks leaving comments about how awful President Obama is and how he is at war with Christians etc, etc. Let's look at this fairly and logically. There is not enough priests to be full time military chaplains, so the government hires contract priests. According to the law they cannot volunteer, they must get paid by the US Government. Under this President who has been there for over 4.5 years now, over 200 Sundays have gone by with priests getting paid for their services and ministry to our beloved military men and women. And because one Sunday they were not allowed to, (which is very unfortunate) the President hates Catholics and Christians? What kind of insane logic is that? After all he didn't shut the government down Sen Cruz and the Republicans did.
Judge righteous judgement, and stop all the slander! Thou shalt bear false witness against thy neighbor. Read it in Exodus and quit acting like Pharasees always trying to make up lies about our President.
Left by WWJSay on Oct 09, 2013 6:05 PM

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This is about budget and facilities.
Nothing more. Nothing less.
Not about religion or religious freedom.
Left by JerryG1 on Oct 09, 2013 8:46 PM

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well obama doesnt have the fear of the Almighty like so many AMercians. abortion divorce frugs sex alcohl oh boy , to keep yourself holy is our service to GOD but we abandoned that since GOD is aoffend when our government has allegiance with Satan sherryshriner.com she cantell you our government undermined along time ago treaties after treaties wit h satan ,go to sherryshriner.com
Left by alan collins on Oct 16, 2013 2:34 PM