UPDATED: House of Representatives Votes 400-1 to Allow Contract Priests to Celebrate Mass

Just as I was finishing up my last post, I got word of a very positive development: House Members will vote today to allow GS or contract priests to celebrate Mass on military bases this weekend.



From the Daily Caller:

One Republican lawmaker on the House Intelligence Committee told The Daily Caller on Friday that this “crosses a constitutional line.”

“The constitutional rights of those who put their lives on the line for this nation do not end with a government slowdown,” Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, a graduate of West Point and an Army veteran, said in a Friday statement. ”It is completely irresponsible for the president to turn his back on every American’s First Amendment rights by furloughing military contract clergy.”

Added Pompeo: “The President’s strategy during the slowdown, just as during the sequestration, is to create as much pain as possible. However, this action crosses a constitutional line of obstructing every U.S. service member’s ability to practice his or her religion.”

Senator Ted Cruz tweeted his own thoughts:



This is fantastic news. I am certain it will get bipartisan support in the House. Assuming it has to go to the Senate next, I can only hope that the Democrats’ position of “we will not negotiate” can find an exception here.

I honestly don’t believe this would be possible if all of the CatholicVote.org readers had not shared this story. Over 160K pageviews on the story and over 60K shares on Facebook is no small thing. You got the word out, and your representatives are listening. Thank you for proving the power of the voice of the American people and standing up for your religious liberty.

UPDATE: 10/5/2013 @5:15PM

The House of Representatives voted 400 to 1 today to reinstate furloughed chaplains on a volunteer basis. The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia (R) who serves as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. No word yet on when this hits the Senate for a vote.


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  • Tom Stokes

    How typical of Obama – Catholics are now to be treated as we were when the Irish first arrived – “Irish need not apply” signs.

    Perhaps we should invite all of our Catholic soldiers, airmen, Marines and Air Force home – the real fight is needed here at home for our Constitutional liberties and rights!

    As a 10 year veteran (1970-1980) of the National Guard, I am outraged (and that is an understatement) over this.

  • Janice Govitz

    This is preposterous and so very wrong. We must stand up for what is right and that is our religious freedom. As for me I will fight to the end. My allegiance is to God.

  • peggy

    The president did not furlough govt employees. The house did not pass a budget. The president did not turn
    his back on militarychaplains. The house stone walled a CR.

    • Carol

      Since this POTUS there hasn’t been one budget passed.
      Bottom Line – dismantle Obamacare. It is the downfall of our nation and end of our religious freedom, so stop defending his ‘healthcare’ bill. Did you get Catholic Vote’s Survey? Every questions asked tells you what is wrong with this bill. It will increase premiums by $3000. per year on average. The IRS now informs us that the cheapest Obama-Care health plan will require a typical family of four to have in place will cost $20,000. per year for the so called Bronze plan. There will be independent payment advisory board non elected individuals making health decisions for us…aka death panels. Catholic and other religious based non profit hospitals such as St. Jude’s Children’s Hosp. will have to justify their existence to IRS bureaucrats. to keep their charitable status, The IRS is the enforcer of a Obamacare and will link up to the data hub that will include all of your financial bank account information and it goes on and on and on. YES OVER 2700 PAGES WITH OVER 15,000 PAGES OF REGULATIONS. some POTUS changed without ANY input from congress.
      And you think you know what’s going on? Do you not care that all Amricans we will have to pay for abortions? Do you not care that in Obamaare law even th emost minimal restrictions on abortion are being overturned – including partial-birth abortion?
      I can only pray for closed minded, un-informed people like you. Educate yourself – please.
      Oh and the House of Representatives did pass by 400 to 1 to restore civilian chaplain services to military. POTUS doesn’t even want to negotiate anything. Yes we must pray for him and the Senate because they are obstructing anything to keep their power.

  • 6th grade class PJPII

    It is shameful and frustrating that our government has taken action to prevent free exercise of religion by military priests and service members. The first amendment protects freedom of religion and people who are willing to volunteer should not be threatened with being arrested. This is OUTRAGEOUS and INSANE!!!



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