A Semiannual International Journal Devoted to
the Study of the Military Chaplaincy


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Volume 3 Issue 1 (Fall & Winter 2011)

Why is the journal needed?

Although different branches of the military produce publications with an internal focus, there is no other professional journal which combines the purposes of Curtana. Our vision exceeds the aim of existing chaplaincy publications, which admirably meet their narrower goals. Chaplains in the United States, and other nations as well, benefit from a forum in which they can discuss matters deemed too sensitive for official publications.

In a word, Curtana is independent. Curtana is not associated in any manner with the United States Department of Defense. Our editorial policies owe no debt to anyone, so there is a freedom to pose questions in this forum which does not exist in publications financed by official military organizations.

What are the journal's purposes?

  1. Curtana is committed to the comprehensive preservation of chaplaincy history.
  2. Curtana is dedicated to a Joint and International point of view which transcends specific service or national parochialisms.
  3. Curtana is devoted to the search for Truth, and will readily debate subjects considered too controversial for official government publications.
  4. Curtana is also pledged to provide beneficial articles and resources for ministry.

Who writes Curtana?

The articles in Curtana come from a wide array of writers, both living and dead. Much of the material consists of the recovery of primary sources scattered throughout the public domain. Current articles and editorials flow from the pens of past and present chaplains from a variety of nations. Chaplain assistants also add valuable contributions to the discussion. Non-chaplaincy military members offer their insights, and civilian clergy and laity are welcome contributors as well. The credentials of the writers will be important of course, but they will deservedly take a back seat to the substance of the manuscripts themselves.

In a broader sense, all military people who possess a strong faith will be interested in certain aspects of this publication. Many of them have invested significant time and energy in partnering with chaplains. Some of these will wish to subscribe to Curtana, and a few will (we hope) contribute their own insights for the greater good.

Submissions are not limited to prose articles. We are also considering poetry and illustrative artwork for inclusion in the journal. Add your name to our list of writers!

Who reads Curtana?

The audience of Curtana consists of everyone interested in the history and direction of the military chaplaincy. While chaplains and chaplain assistants possess an obvious affinity for the publication, everyone concerned about faith in the military will be eager readers of the journal.

In order to make Curtana available to everyone interested in this fascinating subject, subscriptions to the journal are free. It is published in a PDF format and available for download from this website. Subscribers will receive email notice of the publication of each issue, and a direct link to the download address.

Can Curtana be reproduced?

The publication model for Curtana is that it will always remain a free journal. We offer it this way in the belief that citizens of all nations can benefit from access to this information. Please note, however, that free distribution in no way limits the copyright protection of all of the material appearing in the journal. If you desire to republish anything in Curtana in any format other than the journal in its entirety, you must seek written permission to do so. Contributors retain all of the aforementioned copyrights to their creations.

The legal publisher of Curtana is Scriptorium Novum Press | The New Scriptorium. Scriptorium Novum Press is a small LLC.