Chaplain Wants More Military Priests

Posted August 12, 2013 at 6:58am

USA Today tells the story that: “For 14 years, the Rev. Joel Panzer had a peaceful life as a Catholic priest and school principal in his hometown of Lincoln, Neb.”

“The war on terror changed all that. Five years ago, Panzer left his parish in Nebraska and became an active-duty Army chaplain.”

“Panzer was in Nashville this week for a meeting of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, a gathering of the leaders of Catholic religious orders from around the country. He’s hoping to convince a few of those leaders to allow their priests to become Army chaplains.”

“By doing so, he hopes to reverse a rising shortage of priests in the military.”