Abp. Broglio: The Chaplains’ Brave General

Archbishop Timothy Broglio doesn’t have many friends these days, or at least not many vocal ones.

As the Archbishop of the Military Services, Abp. Broglio has been waging a one-man battle against the efforts to overturn Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).

For this impudence, he has been labelled “an embarrassment” by Michael Winters at NCReporter. Others have said his arguments for continuing the DADT policy “wouldn’t get a passing grade in a moral reasoning midterm.” Just this week, Eugene McMullan wrote, “Someone should remind [Archbishop] Broglio that Catholic chaplains in the armed forces answer to the president, not the prelate.” And that’s only the “nice” criticisms.

In other words, in the eyes of many, Archbishop Broglio is an embarrassing, bigoted, stupid prelate who is fomenting dissent in the ranks.

Reading the Archbishop, however, that’s not what I see. Rather, I see a man who cares deeply about the Catholic chaplains and Catholic soldiers entrusted to his care. I see someone who refuses to turn his back on the teachings of Christ and his Church, however unpopular those teachings may be.

The Archdiocese for Military Services is already under duress. While Catholics represent a disproportionate percentage of those who serve in the military, the number of Catholic chaplains is disproportionately small. This November Abp. Broglio had to plea with the US Bishops to release more priests for service as military chaplains.

I believe that if DADT is repealed, it will become even more difficult for Catholic priests to serve our armed forces. During the course of the congressional and national debate over repealing DADT, these concerns have been completely dismissed by the other side. Frankly, the attitude I have encountered is one of, “So if we repeal DADT the priests will want to leave? Fine, good riddance.”

The Democrats have been attempting to repeal DADT for a long time, and this week, with literally days to go before the end of the year, they may succeed. The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the question of whether to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as early as today. It is expected to pass by a slim margin. That’s some present to our Catholic chaplains serving in the military, especially the ones overseas: a potent reminder from the ruling class in Washington DC that their beliefs and concerns don’t matter.

Please call your Senators’ office today and ask that they Vote NO on repealing DADT.

And please say a prayer for Archbishop Broglio, for our Catholic chaplains, and for our brave Catholic men and women who have answered the call to serve our country.

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52 thoughts on “Abp. Broglio: The Chaplains’ Brave General

  1. TrueCatholic says:

    Thomas, couldn’t you find a better and more respectful photo of Archbishop Broglio? He deserves better than what you’ve posted.

  2. Kevin says:

    Praise the Lord. DADT just got repealed in the Congress. Justice prevails. Discrimination and bigotry are defeated.

    If the good Archbishop were so concerned about his chaplains, why hasn’t he denounced the distribution of condoms by the military. They throw those things around like candy.

    Oh, how about the immoral wars going on?

  3. Bern says:

    Looks like DADT will be flushed down the toilet tomorrow, and as a male homosexual I am absolutely delighted. I am completely opposed to any discrimination whatsoever against homosexuals. I served proudly in the military (U S Coast Guard) and, in fact, reenlisted!

    Thomas, what was your service in the U S Military?

    Your buddies at Catholic Vote and American Principles Project? Robbie George?

    Please share!

  4. Michael says:

    Volunteering to join the military is not a Civil Right and the military has the right to decide on personnel eligibility because winning wars is their business. The “Military Personnel Eligibility Act of 1993” or the United States Code 654 passed by Congress simply barred gays from the military because it is “unacceptable risk … to morale, good order, and discipline”.

    It took 12 Congressional hearings from military officers, enlisted men and experts before the law was formulated. Bill Clinton subverted this law when he created the “Don’t, Don’t tell policy so gays can be admitted in the military.

    The liberal media and the LGBT community are very deceitful in pushing this issue as a gay rights issue when in fact this was a military fitness issue.

  5. Michael says:

    Volunteering to join the military is not a Civil Right and the military has the right to decide on personnel eligibility because winning wars is their business. The “Military Personnel Eligibility Act of 1993” or the United States Code 654 passed by Congress simply barred gays from the military because it is “unacceptable risk … to morale, good order, and discipline”.

    It took 12 Congressional hearings from military officers, enlisted men and experts before the law was formulated. Bill Clinton subverted this law when he created the “Don’t, Don’t tell policy so gays can be admitted in the military. The liberal media and the LGBT community are very deceitful in pushing this issue as a gay rights issue when in fact this was a military fitness issue.

  6. GREG SMITH says:

    THOMAS – All us Military Chaplains are responsible for caring for the men and women of thier unit of whatever faith or no faith. My father, a non-practicing Protestant attended Catholic mass all through his combat tour (Attu’43 to Phillipines ’44) in World War II. Our Roman Catholic teaching on sexual morality is well known. Other denominations take other positions. I know several gay couples who were married in thier church or synagoge with the blesings of thier faith and family. With or without DADT Catholic Chaplains must minister to members of these denominations. I don’t believe the “rules” prmit nor equire a Catholic chaplain to tell ad Episcopalian the Homosexual Acts are always sinful than he is to tell a Mormon thet the Angel Moroni never existed and thier wasn’t a ‘greater God” that created the current God, etc. etc.

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