As you may have heard, some military contract priests (civilian, not active duty priests) have been part of the "non-essentials" in the fiasco of the government shutdown. This is true, and it's one thing that contract priests are not able to celebrate Mass for their parishoners on military facilities due to lack of funding but some have been threatened by arrest if they VOLUNTEER! Wow, volunteerism is now illegal in the US of A...? A few priests have also been reportedly locked out of their own offices. (And just last night I teamed up with another chaplain for "chaplain movie night" and watched For Greater Glory - just sayin'.)
Sooo, I wonder if an active duty priest volunteered for the attempted volunteer priest from another post...would he be furloughed too for attempting to serve non-essential parishioners outside of his AO (area of operation)? How about taking communion to the attempted volunteer presbyter in jail? Again, just sayin'. (I like to explore all courses of action, just in case.) ;-)
LAST UPDATE (that I could find): House of Representatives voted 400-1 to allow priests to celebrate Mass. However, I'm yet to hear if the Senate will approve and when.
Here's more from CatholicVote.org:
FROM THE TRENCHES: PRIEST THREATENED WITH ARREST, SAYS MASS IN PARK
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