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April 10th, 2013
10:38 PM ET

Soldier priest receives ultimate medal

By Larry Shaughnessy, CNN Pentagon Producer

Washington (CNN)–Capt. Emil Kapaun served in the U.S. Army in World War II and Korea, but he didn't carry a rifle and never fired a shot. His weapons were a Bible and his faith.

He was also Father Kapaun, a Roman Catholic chaplain who received the Medal of Honor on Thursday, 60 years after his death while a North Korean prisoner. The medal is the highest award for valor in the U.S. military.

President Barack Obama, in a White House ceremony, recounted Kapaun's efforts, at risk of his own life, to help wounded and captured troops.

"This is an amazing story," said Obama. "Father Kapaun has been called a shepherd in combat boots. His fellow soldiers who felt his grace and his mercy called him a saint, a blessing from God."

In June 1950, Kapaun was ordered to Korea as the war was in its earliest stages.

Supporting the soldiers of the 8th Infantry Regiment, Kapaun found himself in the heavily contested Pusan perimeter. Army documents supporting his nomination for the medal say he would bike from position to position so he could minister to soldiers, hearing confessions, performing last rites or administering Holy Communion.

Army photos from the war show he often celebrated Mass using the hood of a Jeep as an altar.

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Three months after arriving in Korea, Kapaun was awarded the Bronze Star for valor for running through enemy fire to carry wounded soldiers to safety.

In November 1950, his unit went on the move. But Kapaun stayed behind to minister to the wounded soldiers, knowing he was putting himself in danger of capture by the enemy, said his nephew, Ray Kapaun, who represented the family at Thursday's ceremony.

President Barack Obama holds Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kapaun's Easter stole in the Oval Office during a greet with Kapaun's family in the Oval Office, April 11, 2013.

Father Kapaun came to the aid of a wounded American soldier after U.S. troops surrendered in a battle.

"An enemy soldier was standing over (the soldier), rifle aimed at his head ready to shoot," said Obama. "And Father Kapaun marched over and pushed the enemy soldier aside. And then as the soldier watched stunned, Father Kapaun carried that wounded American away. "

The chaplain carried the GI four miles on a death march.

North Korean and Chinese troops marched Kapaun and the other captured troops nearly 100 miles north in the bitter winter weather. When Chinese soldiers tried to kill wounded POWs who were slowing the march, Kapaun risked his own life to stop them, and then persuaded unwounded POWs to help the wounded, according to his nephew.

Kapaun was imprisoned with 200 other soldiers at a camp near Pyoktong, North Korea. While there, he would sneak through the camp ministering to other prisoners.

"He would come around, saying, 'Hot coffee,' and give hot water to all of us," said Mike Dowe, a fellow prisoner at Pyoktong. "That may not sound like much today but it sure meant a lot under those circumstances."

To keep his fellow POWs from starving, Kapaun would break out of the camp at night, steal food and sneak back in to give it to those who needed it the most, his nephew said.

That earned him the nickname "The Good Thief" from the other POWs.

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Eventually, the people who ran the camp took action to move him to a nearby hospital. Whether it was for treatment for an injured leg or to remove his influence over the prisoners will never be known, but Dowe and others tried to stop the North Koreans from taking him away.

"The Koreans came and they said that they have to take him to the hospital and the hospital, you can ask all the guys, I mean the hospital was a death house, it was where you go and you never come back, and everybody knew that," Dowe said. "All the guys tried to stop (them) from taking him there, even at one point a fight broke out."

Kapaun was taken away in the end. He died May 23, 1951, and his body was buried in a mass grave, where it remains.

After the war ended, a group of POWs emerged with a wooden crucifix nearly 4 feet tall.

"They had spent months on it, secretly collecting firewood, carving it - the cross and the body - using radio wire for a crown of thorns," said Obama. "It was a tribute to their friend, their chaplain, their fellow prisoner who had touched their souls and saved their lives, Father Emil Kapaun."

Kapaun was born and raised in Pilsen, Kansas. After high school, he attended Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Missouri.

After the abbey, he studied for the priesthood at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. Kapaun was ordained in 1940 and that same year became a U.S. Army chaplain.

After serving at several posts in the United States and India, he left the Army and went to the Catholic University of America in Washington to earn a master's degree in education. After getting the degree in 1948, he returned to the Army.

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The Vatican named Kapaun a servant of God in 1993, an early step that could lead to canonization.

For now, his nephew said, the family just wants his remains returned from North Korea.

Obama told the White House audience that Kapaun provided an example for people in uniform and not.

"Father Kapaun's life, I think, is a testimony to his human spirit, the power of faith, and reminds us of the good that we can do each and every day regardless of the most difficult of circumstances," said the president.

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soundoff (566 Responses)
  1. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    There are a lot of strange,even delusional people on the battlefield and certainly in POW camps. Judge them by their service, and if their service merits it give them their decorations.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
  2. Nothing to say.

    So I will say nothing. Why am I posting, Chad must be getting to me.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
    • Which God?

      To Chad, HS, BD, Autin, et. al. This man was a "true christian." Al of the aforementioned are nothing but hot air, and your "works" a pitiful pittance. I can respect a person like this, religious or not.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Which, I'm glad you can still appreciate a God fearing man.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • Gandolph The Lundren

      The deity you claim ownership to has nothing to do with it.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • Which God?

      HS. his 'god' had nothing to do with his actions. He was a man who put all others above himself. If he believed, I have no problem with that. His actions speak.volumes. The fact remains, he sacrificed himself for others, a highly altruistic nature. But, god didn't do it. The captain did.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      Which God? – Fr Emil lived his faith according to the Catholic religion. He became a servant to his friends and brothers in arms; he fed the hungry; he cared for the sick; he ministered to the dying and he asked GOD for forgiveness for his enemies.
      He wasn't doing this for himself. He did it because it was God's will.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
  3. Mike A

    Anyone who puts themselves at great risk in defense of others while in combat deserves respect, especially if that person is a POW. The fact that he was a chaplain doesn't matter to me one way or the other: I'm sure other non-christian soldiers have done and will continue to do the same. What does matter is heroism and sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  4. Richard Cranium

    The first chaplain to get the Medal Of Honor was a priest on the ill fated Benjamin Franklin... a small aircraft carrier that while in combat, sustained several direct hits, including a kamikaze that hit the side of the carrier near the flight prep desk. This man started throwing the burning ammunition overboard with his bare hands, and then continued to assist any he could (even though his hands were severely burned)

    The story of the only US ship with the number 13 is a fascinating one...the USS Benjamin Franklin...they abandoned ship, but fire crews stayed abord and were able to keep it afloat...there is a famous picture of it (after the battle) going through the panama canal, listing heavily, but under its own power....Great story.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:47 am |
  5. johnsullivanmusic

    Is this in any way to counteract the negative press that the Church gets daily? I do salute his service. I dont believe that his status as a priest was what allowed him to act in this way, V Could a non-priest or atheist do the same actions? Yes! Woud they? Probably not! Chaplains are our sides version of a propaganda officer. In our theistic way of ruling and living we use religious propoganda officers. Keep the boys motivated to kill for our side!!

    April 11, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • William Demuth

      Finally some thoughtfullness.

      Reminds me of the SS.

      One need be of a certain moral fiber to murder children

      April 11, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • Gandolph The Lundren

      An atheist would give his life for his brothers just the same without a second thought.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • William Demuth

      Gandolph, your post present an important question

      Do ones beliefs impact ones willingness to kill?

      I question EVERYTHING. I suspect the motive of EVERYONE.

      I believe this makes me LESS likely to kill at the instructions of others.

      I believe we all can nad would kill if we found ourselves in certain situations, but I believe Atheists might do a better job of avoiding those situations.

      In my generation you were drafted, so the boys who served had no choice. As for todays wars, particularly in Iraq, those who killed killed willingly

      Luckily that is a burden I do not have to carry.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
    • Mark From Middle River

      >>>{An atheist would give his life for his brothers just the same without a second thought.]

      The honor is not anyone saying that another would or would not do the same. Honor his service, even if you do not agree with his role in our military.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
    • mick

      Very truly written by someone who has never met a political officer in their lives or truly knows what they do.

      A chaplain, as far as I know, has never executed anyone for one, might want to check up on your.... "knowledge"

      April 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      John, apparently you've never read Psalms 144.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • Gandolph The Lundren

      William, to answer your question, willingness is not based on morality, as theists and atheists are equally human.I am an atheist now, and was a believer during my ten+ years of service. My decision-making has not changed since I left the cult or the military. Nor has my morality (which was never dictated by my faith even though I thought it was).

      Mark, you undermine the fact I was responding to the OP. Please avoid jumping to conclusions. Thank you.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • sam

      HS, apparently you've never studied anything but the bible.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      "This" day has taken 50 years of fighting and campaigning by Fr Kapaun's Vet comrades to get recognition for the work and dedication of an unarmed chaplain working under horrific conditions.

      Why not read and appreciate rather than draw attention to your own petty niggles? Some people on here have a lot of growing up to do.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  6. K K

    I am not a Catholic, but I have come to highly respect the priests and nuns who have I have come into contact with in my work. While workers of all religions and denominations are human beings and thus can make the same mistakes as anyone else, they are, in general, people who have committed themselves to the work of God and caring for those in need. This priest was simply living out his commitment to such ideals and it is refreshing to hear that his dedication and love for others is being recognized.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • Monika S

      nicely said

      April 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      Respect to you for a great post KK. Bless your heart.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
  7. Bob

    Do you believe in magic? Jesus is magic. So are unicorns.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • William Demuth

      Bob

      Unicorns might have been real, Jeebus, not so much!

      April 11, 2013 at 11:46 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Unicorn means wild oxen.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      If you couldn't read the article get an adult to help. Phtttt!

      April 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
  8. Honey Badger Don't Care!

    Oh boo hoo. The lords of the internets are trying to get my posts moderated. Boo hoo. Got to love that censorship. The only way that religion can remain is to limit free speech just as they have done for thousands of years.

    At least they cant burn people at the stake anymore.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      They better not burn my steak...I ordered it medium rare.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • OTOH

      Honey Badger Don't Care!,

      If your posts are not appearing, or are disappearing, it could be for a couple of reasons:

      1. The hidden word-fragments - do you need a copy of the list?

      2. The recent post terrorist on these CNN Belief Blog comments, who has been striking lately and somehow gets posts deleted after they appear for a time. I hope they track him/her down soon.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      Free speech is never deleted unless it's disrespectful, inappropriate or hateful. Stop complaining, give up the bigotry and clean up your act. That should do it.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • OTOH

      HeroesAre Rare,

      You don't have a clue about these forums, do you?

      1. Are you aware of the automatic word filter, which flags odd word fragments within words - like the "c.um" in doc.ument, the "t.it" in "const'itution", etc.?

      2. At last count, over 40 pages have been deleted from another article here... and sporadically from other articles. It has NOTHING to do with them being "disrespectful, inappropriate or hateful."

      April 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  9. John

    Let's not forget the three chaplains (Jewish. Catholic, Protestant) who gave up their life jackets to GIs on a sinking transport ship during WWII.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • mandy

      Thank You. Never Forget FOUR Chaplains Day!
      http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/02/rees-lloyd-february-3-2013-four.html

      April 11, 2013 at 11:39 am |
    • William Demuth

      Mandy

      Does a full house beat four chaplains?

      April 11, 2013 at 11:43 am |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      Siiiigh. Today is simply about Fr Kapaun's long awaited recognition. It doesn't negate anyone else's heroism but as you said, the others HAVE been recognized. Fr Kapaun's recognition is today ONLY because his loyal comrades fought and campaigned for 50 years to get it.
      For once could people just rejoice at good news instead of spoiling it with their own interests. God bless this good man. I'm so glad for his family and fellow Vets,

      April 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • William Demuth

      John, you do understand propoganda don't you?

      It's the means they use to convince little Christians its ok in the eyes of their imaginary space fairy to go overseas and kill brown people.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
  10. John

    I work with priests every day and most people have no idea how much they give and give. This story is great! Want to see another one: frjoesguild.org. He's a candidate for sainthood!

    April 11, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • lroy

      Would he have done the same if he wasn't a priest? Probably. If he is Servant of God and on the "road to sainthood", then he had to do SOMETHING right.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • lroy

      He sure is. Mind you, it may take many years, if not decades (or longer). Which is more than can be said for most of us.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      God bless you John. Great comment.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  11. asdrel

    "The Medal of Honor is often called the nation’s highest decoration for valor". That's because it IS the nation's highest award for valor. The words "often called" should have been edited out of that sentence. Now that I have that off my chest; it sounds like Capt. Kapaun was a very gallant man who gave his life helping fellow POWs. Why had it taken so long for him to get the recognition he so richly deserves?

    April 11, 2013 at 11:07 am |
    • neoritter

      I can only guess that maybe it took awhile to get the stories heard and to fact check them.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • jeff

      obuma is just useing this now.

      April 12, 2013 at 6:20 am |
  12. Dogger

    TG.... You are an idiot!!

    Nuff said...

    April 11, 2013 at 10:50 am |
  13. David Lilly, MSgt, USAF(Ret.)

    Some clarification is clearly needed here. First off, the reason Father Kapaun has FINALLY been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor is that he ultimately gave his own life by endeavoring to obtain scarce food for his fellow POWs. The result was that he died of starvation because he gave up his own food rations too. Secondly, the act that merits the award of the CMoH must be substatiated by at least two witnesses of the actual act, and there were many POWs who not only witnessed Chaplain Kapaun's deed but actually benefited from it and survived the war because of him.

    Finally, as to the question of his service in the military, he epitomized the role of the military chaplain as being a non-combatant serving in harm's way to bring comfort and solace to his fellow soldiers. The Geneva Convention identifies military chaplains as non-combatants, and thus chaplains are prohibited from either carrying or using weapons (although there are examples of chaplains who have ignored this prohibition). Father Kapaun followed this requirement, and no doubt it helped contribute to his being captured and interned by the Red Chinese, because he wouldn't fight back.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:47 am |
    • Nick Harris

      MSGT-

      Our chaplin in Ramadi Iraq always carried a rifle. He would go on patrol and convoys and generally acted like another Marine. There is no law that I know of saying they can't and if there is the Navy chaplins (they are with the Marines but technically are in the Navy) don't care about it.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:51 am |
    • Active Duty Officer

      Some additional clarification is needed.

      1. There is no such thing as a Congressional Medal of Honor. The correct name is Medal of Honor.

      2. The Geneva Convention classifies Chaplains as medical personnel. Medical personnel are non-combatants, but are allowed defensive weapons. The prohibition of chaplains caring weapons, is not part of the Geneva Convention, rather it is the policy of the Chiefs of Chaplains (Army, Navy and Air Force).

      April 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      Sir – Bless you for your post. It is sincere and gives great credit where it's due. As for the small details, who cares. You paid tribute to a wonderful man and a loyal comrade to his fellow soldiers. He must have been pretty special for his Vet friends to have campaigned and fought for his recognition for 50 years.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
  14. John G.

    His bravery and heroism is being honored today, but there are always some keyboard troll that must subject everybody to their negative view of life. As a veteran I salute Capt. Kapaun's bravery and sacrifice for his fellow POW's. Capt. Kapaun, thank you for your heroism and sacrifice for our nation. Rest in peace.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      Amen to that.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  15. John

    It's very telling how many people seem to hate Catholicism so much they want to deny this man any recognition. Then you have the infallible interpreters of scripture on here trying to explain how he got food for the other soldiers is wrong. Then you have those that want to say he didn't do anything another soldier would do in the same case. If so, where are their medals? Evidently, that's not the case. Some real haters on here but then the Church has endured for 2000 years with this kind of mentality. It will continue on...

    April 11, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • KMW

      John,

      I agree with your statement. The anti-Catholicism comments are unacceptable but will not stop. As a Catholic priest said to me once, and you stated, we have been in existence for over 2,000 years and will endure. There are over 1.2 billion of us and we are growing.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • power4things

      I'm Dutch Reformed, but there are so very many self-sacificing, devout Roman Catholics out there who love the Lord and obey Him, church names mean little, it's belief that counts ... "under same management for over 2000 years", as they say. Thank you, Father Kapaun.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:31 am |
    • William Demuth

      I believe the followers of the 3000 gods we humans have worshiped in the past took the same position.

      They were all wrong, as are you. Religions exist on a curve, and Christ is on the declining side

      Christianity is dying. If Christ intends to make his miraculous return it had better be soon, or he had better be speaking Guatemalan when he gets here

      Otherwise none of his followers will understand a damn word he says.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:31 am |
    • Gandolph The Lundren

      I find that it is physically impossible for the catholic corporation to have existed for over 2,000 years based on historical records. This is obviously a pointless discussion to have as religion has nothing to do with this man's sacrifice.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • OTOH

      KMW,

      "we have been in existence for over 2,000 years and will endure. There are over 1.2 billion of us and we are growing."

      The population of the world at present is a bit over 7 billion.
      There are approximately 2.1 billion Christians (including Catholics), which is around 33 per cent.

      Over 2,000 years now and still 2/3rds of the world does not believe the Jesus legend. It took probably less than 50 years for the theory of gravity to be accepted world-wide... and it is the same for any other proven ideas, eg., mathematics, the telephone, radio, engines, penicillin, etc., etc., etc.

      http://chartsbin.com/view/3nr
      http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0904108.html

      April 11, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      John, KMW and Power4things – God bless you, friends for your great comments. You are right: Jesus said to Peter "You are the rock upon which I shall build My Church, and the gates of hell shall NOT prevail against it"

      As for the rest down there Demuth, Gandolph and OH – get over yourselves.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Why is it that the devout cathoilcs on this site never actually want to address the demonstrable harm and criminal actions taken by the church?
      The fact that the man the article is talking about was catholic is utterly and completely irrelevant to what he did. Would you be so head over heels for this guy if he was Lutheran? Southern Baptist?
      What about Hindu? Buddhist? Muslim?
      How about if he was Wiccan, or atheist?

      April 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • evan

      i disagree religion will eventually be gone as science will be able to connect everthing to reality and religion has done more harm than good so atheism is the future smart route no more conforming and following fake idols that were glorified by men and only men

      April 12, 2013 at 12:29 am |
  16. A Patriot

    If this man's actions don't meet the criteria for a Medal of Honor, then I don't know what would.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:33 am |
    • John G.

      Very well put!

      April 11, 2013 at 10:40 am |
    • power4things

      Best post on this forum.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • HeroesAre Rare

      That says it all. Thanks and respect to a real Patriot.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
  17. Hugh Parker

    For those of us who have never experienced the horror that war inflicts upon us it might be easy to criticize the actions of some one from the comfort of our living rooms. Capt, Emil Kapaun was a true hero epitomizing a selfless love which led to his own death. He fully deserves the high honor he will receive today, may we all have such a servant who would be our advocate in our darkest hours.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:32 am |
    • Gandolph The Lundren

      This man deserves no criticism. Regardless of his beliefs, he sacrificed himself.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:59 am |
  18. Oscar

    I am disgusted at all the people who come here and say nothig but negative comments towards a man that all he did was look after our troops. Priest, chaplin, whatever ! TG your retarded, as goes for the rest of you fools that think that what this man did was wrong. IDIOTS !!!!!!!

    April 11, 2013 at 10:29 am |
  19. guest

    I too salute Capt. Emil Kapaun, I salute all medal of Honor recipients. There have (including Kapaun) been only four noncombatant’s recipients of the Metal of Honor. They all have very heroic stories.
    The first that I learned of was Corporal Desman Doss was, briefly, that he was a medic during WWII in the Pacific. In the line of enemy fire he saved hundreds of U.S. soldiers, refusing to leave them to possibly die alone. Even when he was wounded and on a litter (stretcher) he rolled off and crawled to attend to a wounded soldier. What he was known best for was: he devised a way to lower (I forget the number) about 75 wounded soldiers over a high cliff by himself while exposed to enemy fire.

    Desmond Thomas Doss, Medal of Honor recipiet United States of America Service/branch United States Army Years of service 1942–1946 Rank: Corporal Unit: 77th Infantry Division
    Battles/wars Battle of Okinawa Awards Medal of Honor, Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart (3)
    Desmond Thomas Doss (February 7, 1919 – March 23, 2006) was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor and one of only three so honored (the others are Thomas W. Bennett and Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr.). He was a Corporal (Private First Class at the time of his Medal of Honor heroics) in the U.S. Army assigned to the Medical Detachment, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division. He died the same day as another Medal of Honor recipient, David Bleak.

    Drafted in April 1942, Desmond Doss refused to kill, or carry a weapon into combat, because of his personal beliefs. He consequently became a medic, and by serving in the Pacific theatre of World War II helped his country by saving the lives of his comrades, while also adhering to his religious convictions. Shortly before leaving the Army, Desmond was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He left the Army in 1946.

    His Medal of Honor was given in recognition of the risks he took to save the lives of so many comrades.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • asdrel

      Add Father Joseph T. O'Callahan to the list. As chaplain on the USS Franklin, an aircraft carrier in WWII, he earned the Medal of Honor for his heroism in helping to save the save after it was critically damaged by a kamikaze attack.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:11 am |
  20. William Demuth

    This makes me wonder why we have priests in the military.

    It seems to violate so many principals it alarms me deeply.

    War is the organised art of murder. Perhaps if we had less people justifying it, we might have less of it.

    Read the story of Stalingrad, and one can't help but notice all the Protestant and Catholic preachers who gave aid and solace to the children of the Reich as they murdered Russians.

    They were mistaken in their belief that "Got Mit Uns", as are we. Any man who claims otherwise is a liar.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:05 am |
    • Brett Adams

      We have priests in the military because that's where the people are. What benefit would be provided a soldier by having a priest that was off and away in the US, and none available to him/her then?

      April 11, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • John

      Your mentality alarms me deeply.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:40 am |
    • ugh

      Go back to the 60's you hippie baby boomer... the world is tired of your ilk and generation.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:46 am |
    • William Demuth

      Bret

      The military is almost entirely Christian, and militantly so

      Few other faiths believe it a desirable path for their children to follow, and the culture is evangelical to the extreme

      April 11, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • William Demuth

      Brett

      As I said, perhaps if we stoped pretending that murder can be purged from ones mind with the splashing of magic water, we might not need to have them at all, and we might not have several hundred thousand mentally damaged child soldiers returning to an unready and unwilling society.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      @Will – You know I don't like religion in general, but having served in the Army for 24 years, and I currently work for the AF as a consultant... I can say that military chaplains are not like other ministers of "faith." They generally are non-denominational and it doesn't matter to them what particular sect you follow... they provide counsel and comfort when sometimes there is no one else to listen, even if you are in combat and even if you are an athiest... they do not judge and they are generally the nicest people you will ever meet. Like I said, not like regular religious clerics...

      April 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • Greg

      William Demuth is an Ass!

      April 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
    • Wabi Sabi

      Chewbacca defense logic at work. Do Cochrane proud.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:28 am |
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