BREAKING NEWS: Senate OKs resolution to allow priests back on military bases

On Monday, and again on Thursday, CatholicVote blasted messages to our members, asking them to call their two Senators to pass a resolution so that Catholic priests could say Mass on military installations.

They finally got the message.

From the AP:


Military chaplains will be able to offer worship services to members of the armed forces and their families despite the partial government shutdown under a bill moving through Congress.

The Senate backed a version of the measure late Thursday, expressing the sense of Congress that chaplains shouldn’t be blocked from ministering to members of the military as the shutdown entered its 11th day on Friday.

Lawmakers were concerned that the shutdown could disrupt religious services.

So you might be wondering: How did my Senators vote?

It passed by a voice vote. That’s right. There was no opposition to it. It passed unanimously.

It only makes you wonder what took them so long. After all, the House passed this resolution last Saturday. The Senate could have held their voice vote last Saturday, too, and we wouldn’t have had this problem last weekend.

Nonetheless, I’m grateful to Steve Skojec for his writing on this issue, and to all CV members who called their Senators.

And I’m glad that the House and Senate came together and got this resolution passed.

Deo Gratias!

UPDATE: Since the Senate resolution slightly amended the House version, the House will have to pass the amended resolution. But that should not pose a problem.


Categories:Legislation Religious Liberty

  • Carol
    • Joshua Mercer

      Because the House and Senate have not yet approved the same exact language, we have sadly not reached a conclusion on this. It’s unfortunate and frustrating, to say the least. I have spoken with people on Capitol Hill and expect it to be resolved by Thursday, which should given chaplains time to be ready for the weekend.


    At mass today I spoke to one of our priests. We have a VA Chaplain in residence who was furloughed. He simply swapped masses with the parish priest who, because he was not a official chaplain, was allowed to vollunter. Glad congress
    could straighten it out so quickly. Now if both houses could just pass a clean CR…..

  • Cliff Wimberly

    WTOC Savannah, Ga aired a story w/interview regarding this topic last week.
    Mass was conducted at MCRD Parris Island and MCAS Beaufort this AM.

  • Cynthia Habbinga

    Gee, I wonder what, exactly, the Senate ‘slightly amended’ from the House’s version of the resolution??!!

  • Ann

    This resolution does not have the force of law. It only expresses the sense of Congress so it really changes nothing.

  • Bridget Maida

    It’s all political….that’s why it took them so long. Idiots!



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