Priests Barred from Military Chapels During Shutdown

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The government shutdown has prevented some Catholic priests from carrying out their duties as chaplains.

When Father Ray Leonard arrived to conduct a mass at a military chapel in Georgia, he found a sign on the door: "Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice."

The lockout affects priests who are not in the military but are under contract to serve as chaplains. That's because they are classified as non-essential personnel.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., said the situation is one more example of the Obama administration's war on religion.

"Time and time again this administration demonstrates it is waging a war against the very religious freedoms upon which America was founded," the Kansas lawmaker charged.

"This is exactly why we worked to pass legislation this past weekend -- to protect the religious liberties of all those who bravely serve in our armed forces," he said.

The House voted Saturday to keep those chaplains working during the shutdown. It's unclear if the Senate will consider the resolution.

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