Posted By LambChop
Make no mistake about it. The Catholic Church is spearheading the fight against the Obama administration’s prohibition of Christianity.
The latest attack on Christians is taking place in the armed services. The DOD barred Father Ray Leonard (the Catholic Chaplain at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia) and the other Catholic priests from administering the sacraments or performing counseling services to their congregants. Marriages, Communion and Confirmations have all been cancelled atthe Submarine Base.
Despite the fact that less than 20 days ago Congress passed a law to continue to pay contractors who support troops, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stepped in and determined (reportedly after consulting Holder's DOJ) that civilian Catholic priests who are currently under contract to the military as chaplains don’t “contribute to the morale” or “well-being” of service personnel. However secular therapies and psychiatric programs have been continued. Hagel and Holder’s action stopped 50 Catholic priests from leading Mass and administering other sacraments at U.S. military bases worldwide.
Father Ray Leonard did not take this attack lying down. He has filed suit against the Department of Defense, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Department of the Navy and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. The suit alleged Obama’s prohibitions of Christian Catholic worship on military bases violates Father Leonard’s (and his congregation’s) First Amendment rights to the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly.
“As the Catholic Pastor for the base, Father Leonard celebrates daily and weekend Mass, hears confession, and administers the Sacraments, which take place on the base. Father Leonard wishes to continue practicing his faith and ministering to his faith community free of charge on the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay during the government shut-down, but has been told that he is subject to arrest if he does so. The doors to the Kings Bay Chapel were locked on October 4, 2013, with the Holy Eucharist, Holy water, Catholic hymn books, and vessels all locked inside,” said Father Leonard’s lawsuit. “Father Leonard and his parishioners, including Fred Naylor, were prohibited from entering.”
Father Leonard spent a decade ministered to the minority Tibetans in China and compared the Obama administration to the communist government of the People’s Republic: “In China, I was disallowed from performing public religious services due to the lack of religious freedom in China. I never imagined that when I returned home to the United States, that I would be forbidden from practicing my religious beliefs as I am called to do, and would be forbidden from helping and serving my faith community.”
Any questions that the Obama adminstration is evil?