'We are currently litigating the matter.'
Via CNS News:
Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, a spokesman in the Office of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, is refusing to say whether the Department of Defense would attempt to stop a civilian Catholic priest, who had been a contract chaplain for the military, from administering the last rites to a serviceman on a U.S. military base.
“I feel no particular compulsion to answer outlandish, hypothetical questions in a yes/no fashion nor does the Department, generally, answer hypotheticals at all,” Breasseale said in an email.
“Further, it is a matter of long standing Department policy to not address matters that are currently under active litigation,” Breasseale continued.
Prior to Breasseale sending this email declining to say whether DOD would try to stop a priest from administering the last rites to a serviceman, a spokesman for the National Security Staff at the White House, had responded to the question, by saying: “We’d refer you to our colleagues at DOD for comment.'
Of course, the Department of Defence did prevent priests, who were willing to volunteer, from conducting mass or otherwise serving their congregants. Does anyone believe that THIS administration would not prevent contract chaplains, the ones that they just prevented from even hearing confession, from administering last rites? The same administration that denied death benefits, such as mortuary services, even though they were covered in POMA? Puhlease.
By the way, THIS was Chuck Hagel's FIRST visit to Andrews Air Force Base as Secretary of Defence. He is welcoming home, allegedly, the bodies of the fallen troops to whose families he had just shafted...
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