Canadian Military Advisory Panel Asks For Chaplain Restrictions

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Canadian Christian groups are pushing back on a recommendation for the military to restrict hiring of chaplains from certain denominational backgrounds.

The recommendation, made by an advisory panel of veterans, suggested the military should no longer hire chaplains from backgrounds which prioritize conversion or hold certain traditional beliefs, especially church denominations which restrict female leadership.

Some Christian groups are rallying against the recommendation, saying it misrepresents the actual function and context of military chaplains, and ignores the positive and inclusive working relationships their denominations and schools already have with the military.

Canada's military chaplaincy has also been multi-faith by definition for nearly 20 years. However, the advisory panel reported that diverse populations still have traumatic religious experiences, and are pushing for more non-Abrahamic chaplains along with restrictions on Christian denominations.

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