MENLO PARK, Calif. — Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services is brutally candid about the extreme shortage of military chaplains.
“We are a country at war, and the need for military chaplains is very grave,” Archbishop Broglio told the Register.
“Approximately one-fourth of men and women wearing uniforms are Catholic, and we have nowhere near enough chaplains for that number of people. Many don’t have a priest to meet their needs.”
In the wake of 9/11, the number of active-duty Catholic chaplains has dropped from 400 to fewer than 260. These men are responsible for an estimated 1.8 million Catholics serving in the five branches of the U.S. military...READ MORE