WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops have warned that the religious freedom of Catholics and Church institutions is under threat, so recent headlines asserting similar problems in the military are often accepted without question.
But do Catholics in the armed forces actually face challenges to the free exercise of their faith? And if they do, where does the danger come from, and who should provide an authoritative judgment?
The need for clarity on such matters has gained urgency as Louisiana Republican Rep. John Fleming’s proposed amendment that would strengthen religious freedom in the military fuels intense controversy on Capitol Hill.
Last month, the House Armed Services Committee...READ MORE