The Catholic Crunch: Inside the Shortage of Catholic Military Priests

Troubling trends leave Catholic military chaplains short-handed as America comes home from war.

Protestant U.S. Army chaplain Brian Chepey leads prayers on Sept. 11, 2011, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
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"Longer range, that is something that will help fill this need," the archbishop says. "Of primary importance, at least as far as recruitment goes, is getting the word out to priests for filling this role in the ministry."

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