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By Father Jerry Pokorsky, CNSNews, October 12, 2020
Father Jerry J. Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington. He is pastor of St. Catherine of Siena parish in Great Falls, Va.
By international law, military chaplains are non-combatants. They should not take up arms, nor should enemy soldiers attack them. Their purpose is to assist soldiers in prayer and worship.
Similarly, during political campaigns, the clergy are effectively non-combatants. The law – at least as interpreted by Church policy — prevents them from acting as political operatives. As a practical matter, how are they to navigate the choppy waters of an election cycle in preaching and prayer?