Walter Reed National Military Medical Center The bishop of the Catholic military service says he is reviewing the Catholic pastoral care contract that denied the center’s Catholic service members the right to practice their religion.
“At this time, the pastoral care contract is being reviewed to ensure that it adequately supports the religious needs of our patients and beneficiaries,” Walter Reed said in a statement Tuesday.
Catholic Archdiocese Last week, Holy Name College Friary, a community of Franciscan priests and brothers who have served at the center for nearly two decades, protested after a cease-and-desist order was reportedly issued.
Catholic Archbishop Walter Reed has accused religious rights of being violated by a ‘cease and desist’ order.
That comes after the contract for Catholic pastoral care expired at the end of March. And the archdiocese changed contracts with a secular defense contractor that the archbishop said could not provide adequate care.
“It is incomprehensible that the necessary pastoral care is taken away from the sick and the elderly,” Archbishop Timoteo Broglio said in a statement.
The adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a common case. “I fear that awarding the contract to the lowest bidder has overlooked the fact that the bidder is unable to provide the necessary services,” he added.
Two dozen Republican lawmakers This week, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin sent a letter protesting what he saw as an “attack on the Christian faith.”
Walter Reed’s ‘cease and desist’ order to Catholic priests violates the First Amendment, GOP lawyers say.
Walter Reed, however, stated that he was able to provide Catholic pastoral services without a contract. He said that Holy Week and Easter services were conducted by a Catholic priest and that three priests in the region were able to provide services and access. For Red Cross volunteers and active duty chaplain assistants.
He said the center has an active duty Catholic priest on staff and the contract is to provide cover if staff are unable to attend. In addition, as part of the National Capital Region Health Market, it can bring priests assigned to other defense organizations in the region.
“With dedicated staff and regional support, WRNMMC has sufficient resources to meet the religious needs of Catholic users,” the statement said.
Preventive Health Agency He also emphasized that “Catholic services were not canceled by Walter Reed, especially during Holy Week.”
Both the agency and the center have emphasized that the contract has not been terminated, but that it ended on March 31 and that it is prepared to renew and renew the contract. That contract is now under review, the center said.
However, after the Holy Name College continued to provide services beyond the end of the contract, it confirmed that it ordered them to cease and desist on April 4. Catholic ceremonies for Holy Week In the center they were given a staff by the priest.
Separately, senior defense officials told Fox News that the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley As stated on social media, he was not involved or consulted in any way in the decision, and the issues were taken up in the channels of the armed forces.
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“Thanks to exposure on Fox News Channel, Fox Digital and other media outlets, as well as attention in Congress, the administration is now working hard behind the scenes to address the issue,” said the archdiocese’s director of public affairs. He told Fox News.
Fox News’ Brooke Syngman, Jennifer Johnson and Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.