This weekend, several Catholic dioceses across the country will participate in the second triennial collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS). This non-territorial diocese, founded in the 1985 by Pope John Paul II, provides pastoral services to members of the United States military stationed across the world.
The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in West Virginia is one of several dioceses participating in this collection. The West Virginia Chapter of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia has serious reservations about our diocese’s formal support of this collection, and has issued a statement (PDF version) calling for the pastors and parishioners to disregard this diocesan request and to voice their disagreement with the collection.
Additionally, parishioners can print this slip from their computers to place in the collection basket to make known their disagreement with the collection.