Shortage of Catholic Chaplains draws Protestants, Contractors
The shortage of military Catholic Chaplains has been noted here repeatedly. Now, military Archbishop Timothy Broglio has said the shortage is causing Catholic military personnel to seek help from Protestant Chaplains.
Because many in the armed services often face grave situations, [Broglio] said, questions about the meaning of life and the existence of God often surface.
“They are at great risk because there are not nearly enough priests to meet their needs,” he said. Speaking of the growing trend for Catholics to seek help from Protestant ministers, Archbishop Broglio said “our separated brothers and sisters are more than eager to fill the gap created by the absence of a priest.”
Meanwhile, separate reports indicate the Air Force is attempting to meet the need for Catholic Chaplains by hiring civilians and contractors as military Priests — a topic noted here previously.
Also noted at the Army Chaplaincy blog.