Shapley wrote:Military men usually accept that they surrender basic freedom while fighting to preserve it for the rest of us. However, it is not the place of the government or her military to tell priests and preachers that they may not speak out against injustice, even when it is the government itself that is acting unjustly.
Did you read the article? The Army ruled against the reading of the official letter from the pulpit: however it permitted the inclusion of a mention in the announcements part of the service, and the written letter to be distributed at the back of the sanctuary. The priests were not "silenced".
And military chaplains are commissioned officers in the service of their country, as well as priests/pastors/rabbis/imams/whatever. They do not take orders from the pope. If they find an irreconcilable conflict between the two roles, they can always resign the commission.