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Pentagon official says chaplains are adjusting to changing military

Wednesday - 1/29/2014, 6:41pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Pentagon official says chaplains and their commanders are adjusting to same-sex marriage and other changes in the military.

Virginia Penrod, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy, told a House subcommittee Wednesday that she conducted a conference call with more than 30 military chaplains in the field. Penrod said none reported feeling either restricted in their ministry or compelled to violate their faith.

The Rev. James Magness, Washington National Cathedral's bishop for the armed forces, said chaplains who pray in Jesus' name risk offending non-Christian troops and harming unit cohesion. He said chaplains must be considerate of "all those who are present," whether "Christian, Jew, Muslim, non-theist, straight, gay or lesbian."

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