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Military Priests Buck U.S. Shutdown, Face Arrest

Ban still applies to priests who perform service as volunteers


The government shutdown is now affecting U.S. religious leaders who are used to conducting Mass on Sundays.

The Washington Times reports that the shutdown bans on-contract Catholic priests from conducting religious services on military bases. These 234 active-duty priests normally tend to about 275,000 Catholics but they will not be able to legally conduct their services until the furlough ends.

The general counsel for the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services said that these priests are not allowed to minister on base during the shutdown. Even if they only conduct a service as volunteers, they risk getting arrested.NewLetters

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