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Walter Reed: Military Says New Catholic Pastoral Care Contact Under Review

Walter Reed: Military Says New Catholic Pastoral Care Contact Under Review (Photo by: Fox News)

One of the military hospitals in the U. S says it is reviewing a Catholic pastoral care contract it awarded last month to a Virginia-based firm that specializes in providing government clients with industrial machinery, technical gear, and janitorial supplies, in addition to chaplains and other religious staff.

One of the military hospitals in the U. S says it is reviewing a Catholic pastoral care contract it awarded last month to a Virginia-based firm that specializes in providing government clients with industrial machinery, technical gear and janitorial supplies, in addition to chaplains and other religious staff

Walter Reed: Military Says New Catholic Pastoral Care Contact Under Review (Photo by: Fox News)

The Catholic Archdiocese

Franciscan friars at Holy Name College in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland, retained furnished pastoral assistance at Bethesda’s Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for virtually two decades. Their agreement passed on March 31, Walter Reed said in a message on Tuesday. Walter Reed can do and will begin again to consent all religions for their pastoral, spiritual, and passionate necessities comprising those of the Catholicism faith,” it’s a message said. “We have an ordained Catholic priest on entourage and the awarded warranties to nourish range in case our posse cannot.

The Holy Name College friary continued to provide services after the contract expired, which prompted an April 4 cease and desist letter from the hospital that only increased Catholic concerns. The Archbishop for Military Services Timothy P. Broglio voiced objections on April 7, citing the need to provide Holy Week and Easter Sunday services. Broglio, who also is president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, called the hospital’s move “incomprehensible.

Walter Reed was not able to respond to the concern that the company cannot provide priests, saying it is “currently reviewing the contract and unable to provide specifics.” The medical center said it is “a welcoming and healing environment that honors and supports a full range of religious, spiritual, and cultural needs.

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Catholic Archdiocese Accuses Walter Reed

The medical center said it can provide Catholic services without a contract. It cited its current active-duty Army Catholic priest in its Department of Pastoral Care. He is currently providing Catholic services, including pastoral counseling and “sacramental rites.” This chaplain celebrated Catholic liturgies throughout Holy Week, including Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and provided bedside service to all patients unable to attend in person.

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