“No one who raises a right hand to defend the Constitution should sacrifice one of its fundamental principles!”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, today expressed his support for an effort led by the Family Research Council (FRC) to secure religious liberty for members of the United States armed forces.
On Capitol Hill Tuesday, the FRC announced a new coalition of conservative groups, activists, and Congressmen to advocate for religious freedom in the military. They support a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), sponsored by Congressman John Fleming (R-La.), expressly protecting the rights of military personnel to express and act on their religious beliefs without fear of punishment.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“The Archdiocese congratulates the Family Research Council and all the members of the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition on their announcement of the formation of the coalition. The Archdiocese looks forward to working closely as an ally as all seek to ensure the continued protection of the 1st Amendment Rights of Free Speech and the Free Exercise of Religion of the men and women of the United States Military. No one who raises a right hand to defend the Constitution should sacrifice one of its fundamental principles!
“Likewise, the Archdiocese applauds the work of Doctor Fleming and all those Members of Congress who continue to work so diligently to ensure the 1st Amendment Rights of Free Speech and Free Exercise of Religion of the men and women of the United States Military.”
The AMS was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. military and VA Medical Centers.
AMS-endorsed priests serve at more than 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation’s only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed chaplains also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S.
The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, but currently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population.
Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs.
For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visit www.milarch.org, the only official Web site for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.