Catholic Priests In The U.S. Military

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys are joined by Cpt. Fr. Peter Pomposello of the Archdiocese for the Military Services to discuss the importance of faith in the armed forces and the role Catholic Chaplains.

Episode 240:

In this episode, we will discuss:
• What are military chaplains?
• What is the Archdiocese for the Military Services?
• What responsibilities do military chaplains have?
• What rank are military chaplains?
• and much more


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6 comments on Catholic Priests In The U.S. Military

  1. Laura M Taylor says:

    Hello. I doing the Bible in a year with Fr Mike. I would like to utilize an additional Bible as a study Bible to dive a bit deeper and answer questions. Fr Pagano had recommended The Jerusalem Bible or New Jerusalem Bible but it seems not currently published. I found a few online I just want to make certain it is the same one that Fr Pagano recommends. Is there a link or actual isbn# we should look for? Thank you kindly and God bless all of you.
    Laura Taylor

  2. Laura J Ishmael says:

    As a music director on 2 Naval bases, I want to say that we have a contract priest. To my knowledge (and what I’ve been told) is there are not enough Catholic priests in the Navy (or military) and MOST are deployed. Priests on bases in the US are contracted. A lot of retired priests, etc. So thank you to those of you who minister to our active duty and retired military personnel. As a subcontractor, I’m honored to work with my congregations (mostly retired). Awesome people, very accepting and loving. I won’t talk about my Protestant chaplains. 😂

  3. David M Jenkins says:

    Hi, I just wanted to take this opportunity to add some additional information regarding Catholic Chaplains (and all Chaplains) in the Military. The chaplain is a NON-COMBATANT. That means he/she does not carry a weapon when in a combat theater. There are soldiers who join the military to become a Chaplain Assistant (Army), Chapel Manager (Air Force), and I am not sure what the equivalent is in the Navy/Marine Corps, (tie Navy Chaplain covers both the Navy and Marines.)

    The Army Chaplain Assistant (I speak from experience), in a sense becomes a bodyguard for the chaplain. They carry a weapon
    to protect both him/her self and the Chaplain. They also assists the Chaplain in the theater with setting up the Mass, getting guards to watch the perimeter of the area where Mas is being offered, creating reports that need to be sent to Higher Command or the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and other things pertaining to the Chaplain duties in the field.

    Both the Chaplain and Chaplain Assistant work hand in hand both in the field and in Garrison (being on a military installation away from a combat area.) Note: the Chaplain Assistant is not a chaplain-to-be, though, they can leave active duty and train to be come a minister in their faith and subsequently become a Chaplain.

    I hope I did not confuse anyone with this information.


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