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Priest: Obama Denied Mass to Catholics

For a president who talked all the time about "freedom to worship" this is kinda' surprising. And by surprising I mean, I actually just can't believe this hadn't happened sooner.

You know how Obama put up Barak-cades around that WWII memorial, well now he's doing the same thing with a military chapel.

The Brody File reports that Father Ray Leonard wasn’t allowed to celebrate Mass this past weekend at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia. The doors of the chapel were locked with a sign blaming the government shutdown.

He is contracted by the Defense Department to meet the spiritual needs of Catholics, but not now. The chapel doors were locked and the sign said, “Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice.”

Father Leonard was quoted in the Brody File saying, “This is our church, Catholics have an expectation and obligation to attend Mass and we were told, ‘No you can’t go to church this week…“ My parishioners were upset. They were angry and dismayed. They couldn’t believe that in America they’d be denied access to Mass by the government.”

The King's Bay Catholic Community's Facebook site says, "I regret to inform you that Catholic Mass and services provided by our Roman Catholic Priest this weekend and until further notice is canceled due to an absence of funds created by the government's shutdown. The Director of Religious Education will also not be available. All other religious services normally offered by the SUBASE Chaplains will continue. Please pass the word."

This ain't your father's America. This is Obama's America. We're just living in it.

*subhead*No Mass for you.*subhead*

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Maurisa said...

This is, I believe, an interesting point. Unless I'm mistaken, Catholic priests are not the only contracted clergy on military bases. Have other faiths had their services cancelled, or has it only been Catholic services?

Lynda said...

Tyranny. The priests and lay persons concerned not only had the right to offer and hear Holy Mass but the duty to do so. A law or order that purports to override constitutional and natural righs and freedoms is invalid and must not be complied with.

hamspam said...

Any chaplain (Catholic of otherwise) who is part of the military IS allowed to perform services. It is contracted chaplains/clergy who are not...regardless of faith. I agree this is TERRIBLE, but let's not jump to the conclusion that it is targeting only Catholics. Though, it is interesting to note that fewer Catholic chaplains are actually a part of the military than protestants.

JB said...

He's such a smug, self satisfied jerk. Poor student in college, coddled, would be nowhere were it not for the pigment of his skin.

Proteios1 said...

And so it begins...

Mary De Voe said...

Criminalizing the Mass, and the Lord's Prayer, ciminalizes the First Amendment, and criminalizes FREEDOM to worship, speak, read and peaceable assembly for God by God's ordained priests and the citizens whose sovereign personhood constitute the government. The government shutdown has criminalized the government of the people, for the people and by the people. NO, the government shutdown is what it is. Obama has criminalzed our Consitutional rights.

Mary De Voe said...


akg41470 said...

You guys are ridiculous. Demonstrate to me how the actions of Barack Obama are responsible for the government shutdown. Do you know how this government works?

tuleesh said...

Our Lady of Akita said there'd be days like these for the Church as a whole.

For the Church here in the good ole US of A, it started with “community organizing” in Chicago and culminated in Chicago to the Whitehouse. Saul Alinsky's son, L. David Alinsky, gave major kudos to Obama as being the culmination of Saul Alinsky's ideals for community organizing.

Like a remora, Alinsky know where to hitch a ride. Only to turn into a shark.To quote Alinsky from a 1972 interview:

“Well, the first thing I did, the first thing I always do, is to move into the community as an observer, to talk with people and listen and learn their grievances and their attitudes. Then I look around at what I’ve got to work with, what levers I can use to pry closed doors open, what institutions or organizations already exist that can be useful. In the case of Back of the Yards, the area was 95 percent Roman Catholic, and I recognized that if I could win the support of the Church, we’d be off and running. Conversely, without the Church, or at least some elements of it, it was unlikely that we’d be able to make much of a dent in the community.”

Now those who rode to power aligning themselves to the Catholic Church are doing their best to destroy it. You can thank the Brothers Meegan, Joseph and Fr. Peter, and Bishop Bernard Sheil and Saul Alinsky for that!

Charon Rivers said...

Y'know, AKG, it's generally easier to be respected when you demonstrate your perceptive abilities are functioning clearly.

This isn't about Obama causing the shut-down, this is about Obama using the shut-down as grounds to harass and abuse the American people. The WWII memorial (privately funded) was blocked off (just in time for a party of vets that had come to visit), and since then... let's see, the Grand Canyon, the Military cemetary in Normandy, France, oh, and the whole Catholic ministry being illegal thing, too.

But, no, please tell us how it's not Barack Obama's fault this shut down is happening. Because obviously you're the only one in the room who knows what the rest of us are talking about.

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