Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Most folks in the military accept the limitations that manning and budgets impose. It is probably harder on Catholics than Protestants, since Catholics need a priest to perform certain religious functions. For my part, I considered chaplains to simply be people who would offer support from the perspective of someone who believes in God.
When I was stationed in England, an LDS (Mormon) chaplain was nearly given the Protestant service to head. The 'congregation' told the other staff that no one would attend, because the theological differences between Protestant Christianity and the LDS are greater than the divide between Catholics and Protestants. The Chapel backed down, and let him lead an LDS service for anyone who wished.
It isn't a perfect system, but it does allow some consideration for those who believe in God. If I needed advice, I'd much rather go to a Jewish Chaplain than a humanist one, because the Jewish chaplain would undoubtedly share more of my worldview.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."