John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, wrote:
With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer. During the shutdown it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they do so.
As one of the Obama administration’s latest attempts at making the American people suffer through this shutdown, they are indeed denying our military personnel their First Amendment right to practice their religion. This is crossing a major constitutional line. It is beyond deplorable. This goes along with the closure of parks, memorials, and exhibits – even ones funded with private money. The insanity of these things is clear… And the fact that it would cost less to keep these places open than to do what they are currently doing, is unbelievable. But one thing even more clear than the Obama administration’s insanity and lack of patriotism.. is their intentions. Their intentions to make the American people suffer, to hit us all where it hurts. THAT is what is most clear. This is an intentional blow to our country, our heroes, and our history.
For me right now, disgusted would be an understatement.