Obama violated Army Chaplin’s First Amendment Rights

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Chaplain (Maj.) Mike Martinez celebrates Mass for Arizona Air National Guardsmen. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo-Tech. Sgt. Hollie Hansen.

Washington D.C., Feb 7, 2012 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop who oversees American Catholic military chaplains worldwide claims the U.S. Army violated his rights by stifling a pastoral letter condemning the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio stands “firm in the belief, based on legal precedent,” that the Army defied his rights to free speech and free exercise of religion, according to a Feb. 3 statement from the military archdiocese.

U.S. Catholic military chaplains around the country were initially told to disobey their archbishop’s instruction to read a pastoral letter from the pulpit at all Sunday Masses on Jan. 28-29.

Although an agreement was eventually reached allowing the letter to be read, a key passage urging Catholics to avoid complying with the “unjust law” was removed.

On Jan. 20, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a new mandate that will soon require virtually all employers to purchase health insurance coverage that includes contraception, sterilization and drugs that cause abortion.

The announcement sparked protest around the country, as Catholic leaders and religious organizations argued that they were being coerced to violate their religious beliefs.

via Army silences military archbishop on contraception mandate :: Catholic News Agency CNA.

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