The Holy See, in its Apostolic Constitution, Spirituali militum curae, dated April 21, 1986, identifed the following as subjects of the Military Ordinariate of Canada and its chaplains:
- all military persons, including Catholic military of eastern Rite, and the civilian personnel bound by the laws of the National Defence Act;
- the members of their families, spouses, children, relatives, servants, if they live with them at the same domicile;
- those who attend military schools, or who live or work in military hospitals, veterans’s home or similar institutions;
- all faithful, whether or not they are members of a religious institute, who perform in a permanent way a task committed to them by the Military Ordinary.
In addition to the personal jurisdiction possessed by the Military Ordinary, his jurisdiction within the territory of all the military establishments is primary.
Here below, you can find links to different pope's documents on the military chaplains.
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