Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 8, 2020 / 14:10 pm
The Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA is hoping the U.S. Navy will reconsider its decision to terminate its contracts with Catholic priests in the San Diego area as a cost-saving measure.
"For some time now, Archbishop Timothy Broglio has been engaged with the Navy Chief of Chaplains and has been trying to meet with those responsible for the decision," a spokesperson for the archdiocese told CNA Sept. 8.
"The savings from cancelling these contracts amounts to $250,000," said the spokesperson, which is "approximately 0.000156% of the Navy budget."
With the move not to renew contracts with non-military Catholic priests, Catholics living at Naval Base Coronado, NSA Monterey, and Naval Base Ventura County will be left with no priest to celebrate Mass on-base. The priests were notified in mid-August that they would not have their contracts renewed.