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Friday, July 10, 2009

Needed: A few good holy men

In recent days, there have been news reports about both the U.S. Air Force and the National Guard feeling the strains of the shortage of chaplains, particularly Catholic priests. The challenges the military branches face reflect the general priest shortage in dioceses throughout the country.

The Air Force has even gone so far as to offer a scholarship program, which includes  seminary tuition fees, books and a monthly stipend, to bolster the ranks of chaplains, especially Catholic priests. Currently, only 14 percent of Air Force chaplains are Catholic, although 25 percent of Air Force members are Catholic.

Click HERE to read about the Air Force's program and HERE to read about the shortage in the Navy.


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