The amended resolution has been sent back to the House for further consideration and possible final passage. The congressional action follows publication of an op-ed by Mr. Schlageter bringing public attention to the shutdown’s impact on the Catholic military population. Pending final action, the contract priests remain on furlough.The same statement included a quote from His Excellency the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services:
It seems beyond the pale of belief that elected officials are taking so long to resolve this denial of constitutional rights to the men and women in uniform. It is not a controversial issue, but merely a lacuna in an old law that could be fixed to respond to current situations. I continue to hope for the good will of those in Congress and the Administration.It took the Senate a week to vote on the resolution, though I cannot imagine why it should have taken so long to vote after the House had already approved it 400-1. Please encourage your Representative to call for a swift vote on this amended resolution, so important for the free exercise of religion in our nation.
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