DOD Still Barring 50 Priests from Administering Sacraments, Locks Up Eucharist, Priest Sues | CNS News

At Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, the DOD went so far as to lock up the chapel and sequester the Holy Eucharist inside it. Catholics believe the Holy Eucharist is literally the body and blood of Jesus Christ.



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“The doors to the Kings Bay Chapel were locked on October 4, 2013, with the Holy Eucharist, Holy water, Catholic hymn books, and vessels all locked inside,” said Father Leonard’s lawsuit. “Father Leonard and his parishioners, including Fred Naylor, were prohibited from entering.”

Fred Naylor is a Navy veteran, who attends Mass at the chapel, and who joined in the lawsuit.

And although DOD locked the chapel against a Catholic priest and his congregation, it opened the chapel to members of other denominations.

“The Kings Bay Chapel remains open to other faiths and is being used for their religious services,” says the lawsuit. “The Department of Defense has allowed the Protestant community to continue their services in the chapel during the government shutdown, without threat of penalty.”

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