Free speech for priests

Posted on February 7, 2012 by

UPDATE: This story is finally gaining traction in the MSM. Now Pelosi has been directly questioned about it and says

“First of all, I am going to stick with my fellow Catholics in supporting the administration on this. I think it was a very courageous decision that they made, and I support it.”


The federal government’s war with the Catholic Church is escalating rapidly.

First the RCC went on record as being unequivocally against abortion and gay marriage (the Divine Duo of social liberalism), then they withdrew from the adoption and fostering services because they couldn’t support gay adoption, and then they made a big stink about their private health insurance paying for contraception.

But that last was apparently one step too far. The letters they read out in every congregation last Sunday caused quite a stir. Millions of Americans heard the strident message — from Hawaii to New Jersey to… Afghanistan. The US government was not happy about that. From Business Insider:

Even Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who is in charge of Catholic military chaplains sent out the same letter.

But after he did, the Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains sent out another communication forbidding Catholic priests to read the letter, in part because it seemed to encourage civil disobedience, and could be read as seditious against the Commander-in-Chief.

Do military chaplains have free speech? They are paid by the government, after all, so do they work for the government? Do any priests have free speech? Through their tax-free status it could be argued that they also work for the government.

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