Howard Friedman’s Religion Clause reported on the summary judgment granted in In re Navy Chaplaincy, a very long-running lawsuit alleging the US Navy chaplaincy was essentially rigged for liturgical/Catholic chaplains. The DC federal district court ruled against the chaplains.
However, given how many years the lawsuit has been running its course, it is worth noting who is leading the US Navy chaplaincy now:
In fact, the rest of the US military chaplaincy leadership reads much the same. With one possible exception, the list reads like a who’s who of conservative and Read more
Martin Doblmeier recently produced a PBS documentary simply called CHAPLAINS. The 2-hour film covers chaplains in a variety of settings, from prison to NASCAR, and includes a segment on then-US Army Chaplain (Col) Paul Hurley, who was leading all US chaplains in Afghanistan at the time:
As well as being on PBS, the Read more
Chaplain (MajGen) Paul Hurley recently became the newest Army Chief of Chaplains, and pinned on two stars in the process:
The Army’s new chief of chaplains was promoted to the rank of major general and installed in his post during a ceremony May 22 at Memorial Chapel on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
Maj. Gen. Paul K. Hurley’s, chaplain, promotion Read more
In March the Senate confirmed Chaplain (COL) Paul Hurley for the position of Army Chief of Chaplains.
Hurley was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1995. He will replace Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Donald Rutherford, who plans to retire.
Chaplain Hurley will skip BG and be promoted to Major General. He recently spoke at the Fort Hood prayer breakfast, in which he quoted General George C. Marshall:
Hurley continued with a quote from former General of the Army George C. Marshall, commenting on the importance of the spirit.
“The Soldier’s heart, the Soldier’s spirit, the Soldier’s soul, are everything. Unless the Soldier’s soul sustains him, he cannot be relied on and will fail himself and his commander and his country in the end,” quoted Hurley.
Also at BostonCatholic.org. Read more
A group of Army chaplains sat down with a local reporter and helped explain their role in the US military — a role that goes well beyond leading Sunday services. Chaplain (LtCol) Paul Hurley was joined by five chaplains:
Major Moon Kim, a Presbyterian minister who serves as Deputy Division Chaplain; Maj. Clayton Gregory, a Church of God minister and Family Life Chaplain; Capt. Jared Vineyard, 4th Brigade Combat Team; Capt. Erik Alfsen, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and Capt. William “Jeff” Sheets, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion…
They talked about their service to the wounded and dying in Afghanistan and Iraq, some they knew personally. In fact, the personal relationship with the troops was a focal point of their ministry: Read more