“Persons exempted from military service are not called up either for mandatory military service or for service in the event of mobilization. The draft (amendments) provide for deferment of mandatory military service for clergymen, i. e., they may be conscripted to do their military service in the event of mobilization. In that case, they would serve as military chaplains,” the ministry said.
In the event of mobilization, drafted clergymen, just like other draftees, would have to undergo the required basic military training, it told BNS.
The Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference says in a letter to the Defence Ministry that they approve of the proposed amendments, which are to be discussed by the government on Wednesday.
In the wake of the Constitutional Court’s ruling, the ministry said that Roman Catholic priests could do an alternative service, but the Bishops’ Conference rejected the proposal.
Around 3,000 people are called up for a nine-month mandatory military service annually after Lithuania reintroduced partial military conscription in 2015.
Prior to starting deliberations regarding changes on the number of members of Seimas, Liberal Movement Seimas group prefect Eugenijus Gentvilas presented a resolution to the Seimas “Over the constant attempts to change the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania.” With this, it was proposed to form an expert group, which would evaluate whether there is actual need to change the country’s most important document. The resolution was rejected after discussions. […]