Back in the day, I reached out to the US Navy about being a chaplain. I never heard back. I am probably too old now.
I have, however, heard stories from chaplain friends about non-Catholic superiors putting head pressure on them to support payment for abortion. I have heard about the room to made for Wicca. We know that the change on the policy of homosexuality in the military thing is going to be a problem for Catholic priests who need to be faithful to Catholic teaching.
However,this is from CNA:
Baltimore, Md., Nov 16, 2010 / 12:54 am (CNA).- Military Archbishop Timothy Broglio told bishops at their annual gathering in Baltimore that the U.S. military is facing an alarming shortage of priests that is increasingly leading Catholic servicemen to seek help from Protestant pastors. [I suspect that a lot of bishops won’t do anything to help both because they don’t have enough priests themselves and because they don’t like the military.]
Calling it a “pastoral problem” that “affects all of us,” Archbishop Broglio appealed to bishops across the U.S. during the annual Nov. 15-18 meeting in Baltimore to consider sending more priests to help serve in the military.
“As you know, the Archdiocese for the Military Services assures the pastoral care for people from your respective particular churches,” he told the bishops. When these people “hang up their uniforms and return home,” he added, “I would like to be able to return them to you as Catholics.” [Or have the last rites when they die.]
Approximately one fourth of active duty personnel – 400,000 people – and their immediate families are Catholic, he said.
At present, these Catholics “are served by only 275 priests in a territory that covers the globe,” the archbishop noted. “Those numbers will shrink in the coming years.” [Please, people, pray for vocations!]
Because many in the armed services often face grave situations, he said, questions about the meaning of life and the existence of God often surface.
“They are at great risk because there are not nearly enough priests to meet their needs,” he said. Speaking of the growing trend for Catholics to seek help from Protestant ministers, Archbishop Broglio said “our separated brothers and sisters are more than eager to fill the gap created by the absence of a priest.”
“If we are not there,” he said, “someone else will be.”
Archbishop Broglio also lamented the increasing amount of suicides that occur in the military. He said that one suicide occurred per day this last June in the U.S. armed forces and asserted that the presence of a priest is essential in helping prevent future “tragedies.”
“We cannot abandon” service men and women “at the moment of their greatest need,” he added.
Archbishop Broglio concluded his remarks by urging the bishops in attendance at the annual meeting to “to consider sending one more priest to the military.” He also appealed for the bishops to designate a day of prayer for peace, an end to suicides, and to express gratitude to U.S. military personnel.
Of course His Excellency, whose name is on the list of bishops for whom I pray a Memorare after every Mass, is right. But there is also the dimension of the environment chaplains must work in with in the military culture.
How friendly is the military, under the present administration, to priests.