The United States Navy has faced criticism of religious discrimination after it terminated a longstanding relationship with several Catholic priests that hold mass for U.S. Marines and sailors. The terminations came from Navy installations in and around San Diego and replaced Catholic priests with chaplains of other faiths. Catholic priests have long served as chaplains to many denominations on military installations where often, there is no real divide between people of faith.
President Donald J. Trump today overruled the Department of the Navy, saying “The United States Navy, or the Department of Defense, will NOT be cancelling its contract with Catholic Priests who serve our men and women in the Armed Forces so well, and with such great compassion & skill. This will no longer be even a point of discussion! ”