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Will the government arrest priests who celebrate Mass on military bases during the shutdown?

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The government shutdown means military chaplains won't get paid, according to John Schlageter, the general counsel of the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A.

But what if a priest wants to celebrate Mass for free? He faces arrest, Schlageter writes:

With the government shutdown, GS 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 attempt to do so.

Over at Catholic Vote, Schlageter reports that some Masses have been cancelled, while others are still going on because of the nature of the contracts at those locations.

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