Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Government Capitulates—Catholic Priest Allowed to Hold Religious Services at Naval Base Again; Chapel Doors Open to Catholic Parishioners
Catholic Priest Allowed to Hold Religious Services at Naval Base Again;
Chapel Doors Open to Catholic Parishioners
Government capitulated just one day after the Thomas More Law Center
(TMLC), a public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI, filed a
federal lawsuit challenging the Department of Defense’s actions which
prohibited a Catholic Priest from celebrating Mass at a Naval base under
threat of arrest and barred the Chapel to Catholic religious services
due to the government shutdown.
attorney Erin Mersino filed the lawsuit in the Federal District Court
in Washington DC on Monday on behalf of Father Ray Leonard and Fred
Naylor, a parishioner. The lawsuit is the only legal challenge to the
Government’s shutdown of religious services. Other Christian
denominations were allowed to continue their religious services.
Late yesterday afternoon, in response to the lawsuit, three attorneys
from the Department of Justice contacted TMLC attorney Erin Mersino by
phone and indicated that Father Leonard could resume all of his
religious duties beginning this morning, and that the Chapel would be
open for all Catholic activities. These representations made by the
Department of Justice attorneys were confirmed by orders to Father
Leonard delivered through the Navy chain of command.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law
Center, said, “The actions of the Federal Government were a blatant
attack on religious liberty. I would never have imagined that our
Government would ever bar Catholic Priest from saying Mass under threat
of arrest and prevent Catholics from participating in their religious
exercises. Allowing the Chapel doors to open and Father Leonard to
fulfill his priestly responsibilities does not erase the Constitutional
violations that occurred. We don’t want this to occur again the next
time there is a government shutdown. Our lawsuit will continue.”
On October 4, 2013, the Department of Defense informed Fr. Leonard that
he was non-essential and would be furloughed, even given provisions in
the Pay Our Military Act which cover the services of employees who
contribute to the morale and wellbeing of the armed services. Fr.
Leonard was threatened with arrest for visiting the chapel where the
Holy Eucharist was stored or celebrating Holy Mass on base on a
voluntary basis. Protestant religious services at Kings Bay were allowed
to continue throughout the shutdown. Only Catholic service members were
left without services.
During the government shutdown, Fr. Leonard and his congregation were
forced to cancel daily and weekend mass, special blessings, marriage
preparation classes, counseling sessions, confessions and confirmations.