WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the Fourth of July coming up on Monday, Catholic News Service (CNS) is publishing an in-depth, eight-part multimedia series this week on Catholic priests who serve as United States Military chaplains. The publication is also timed to coincide with the 241st anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps on July 29.
The series, “For God and Country,” by CNS multimedia journalist Chaz Muth, takes readers and viewers on a journey through all three branches of the U.S. Armed Forces to military installations all over the country, from Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Bragg, N.C., to the amphibious warship USS America and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif., to Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.
Mr. Muth talks to Catholic chaplains on active duty at each location, as well as a Catholic military family, and His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA. They discuss at length topics ranging from the current shortage of Catholic military chaplains to the religious history of chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces, the impact priests have on those who serve our country in uniform, the hardships of long deployments on military families, how priests function in a war zone, and Catholic peace groups who see a conflict of interest for priests to serve institutions that engage in war.
CNS is publishing the eight parts, each of which includes both text and video, from June 28 to July 1. The series has been in production for the past several months. Mr. Muth said the idea came to him last year. “I’ve been covering issues that related to the military chaplaincy for the past decade,” he said, “and last year decided I wanted to plunge into an in-depth study on the impact of the Armed Forces’ chaplain corps.”
To see “For God and Country,” keep an eye on Catholic publications and websites. The series can also be viewed on the Facebook page of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, at www.facebook.com/milarchusa/.