In a striking report, it was learned that President Biden’s administration sent a cease and desist order to Holy Name College. The college is a “community of Franciscan Catholic priests and brothers, who have provided pastoral care to service members and veterans at Walter Reed for nearly two decades.”
The letter was sent during Holy Week, causing Archbishop of Military Services Timothy Broglio (remember this name for later) to issue a statement:
It is incomprehensible that essential pastoral care is taken away from the sick and the aged when it was so readily available. This is a classic case where the adage ‘if it is not broken, do not fix it’ applies.
Especially, during Holy Week, the lack of adequate Catholic pastoral care causes untold and irreparable harm to Catholics who are hospitalized and therefore a captive population whose religious rights the government has a constitutional duty to provide for and protect.
The Military Archdiocese was set up by Pope John Paul II to serve Americans catholic military personnel.
Now, we are not going to question Biden’s catholic beliefs. That’s for a higher power; however, why would Joe do this?
The answer may be in who is replacing the priests.
Walter Reed has decided to replace the priests with government-approved, for-profit contractors to provide Catholic services. The archdiocese swung back:
The refusal to provide adequate pastoral care while awarding a contract for Catholic ministry to a for-profit company that has no way of providing Catholic priests to the medical center is a glaring violation of service members’ and veterans’ Right to the Free Exercise of Religion.
The administration is replacing the priests with government-approved contractors.
This is just a hunch, but let’s rewind to 2021.
Politico reported on October 12, 2021, that Timothy Broglio, archbishop for military service, said, “No one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience.”
Broglio added that receiving the vaccine was not “sinful,” but the church will honor a Christian’s “sanctity of conscience.”
About a month later, Biden would attempt to force at least two-thirds of all workers to be vaccinated. That order was overturned in January 2022.
Who was pushing back the most? Religious institutions.
For now, we have a separation of church and state; however, in the Military, things are different.
It sure looks like Biden is replacing the designated overseer of Catholic Ministries for the military with a government-approved version. That way, the next time Biden wants to impose a decree, he has an entity that must support him or else.