Military chaplains: facing arrest? Admin Tuesday, October 8, 2013 The military has furloughed as many as fifty Catholic chaplains due to the partial government shutdown. At least one was told that if he engaged in any ministry activity, he would be subjected to disciplinary action. © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.