May 21, 2012
(CNSNews.com) - Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who oversees all Catholic priests who serve as chaplains in the U.S. military, says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defies logic in opposing a provision to the House Defense Authorization bill that protects military chaplains from being forced to violate their religious beliefs.
In an interview with CNSNews.com last Friday, Broglio challenged Pelosi, who on Thursday had called the provision “a fraud.”
“I am a little bit perplexed, because if, according to her, there’s no danger to ministers being forced to act against their conscience, what logical objection could there possibly be to putting that in a law?” the archbishop asked.
“If, according to her, there’s no possibility of that happening, then it would seem that the law merely reinforces – the provision of the bill, I should say – merely reinforces what she purports is already in existence.”
Last week, during her weekly press conference with reporters, Pelosi said she agreed with the White House in opposing Section 536 of the House defense authorization bill, which she called “a fraud.”