Obama taking ‘similar path’ as Hitler and Stalin: Illinois bishop


This is so powerful. Kudos to that brave bishop, Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria. Read the whole thing. Wonderful.

PEORIA, Illinois, April 17, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a stunning homily on the weekend, an Illinois bishop slammed President Obama for his “radical pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda” and said Catholics must line up against that agenda at the ballot box in November or else lose all her dearly-held institutions.

“This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries—only excepting our church buildings – could easily be shut down,” said Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria at a gathering of Catholic men on Saturday.

“Because no Catholic institution, under any circumstance, can ever cooperate with the intrinsic evil of killing innocent human life in the womb,” he continued.

The bishop warned that with the Obama administration’s mandate for forcing religious employers to fund contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs, America is on a path leading to the state of past dictatorships when Christians were forced to “huddle and hide,” such as Bismarck’s Kulturkampf, Hitler’s Nazis, and Stalin’s Communists.

“Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care,” he said.

“In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path,” he added.

Bishop Jenky’s homily can be read here


To paraphrase Yamamoto, I think our president has succeeded only in waking up a sleeping Catholic giant. The next nine months are going to give birth to an interesting time in America.

I hope and pray that Obama is voted out of office in November. If he is not, who knows what else he will try to force on Catholics. I fear that this man truly hates the Catholic Church and that he is going to do all he can to persecute us.

We Love our Bishop!!!

I hope he is willing to give up his tax exemption to emphasize his point.

But what is hiding behind Romney’s shiny face? :bigyikes:

To put pressure on Obama to back down on forcing people to act against their consciences is the best alternative. :thumbsup: It may be effective.

Otherwise, conscientiously objecting to vote for either evil on Nov. 6 could set up the stage for a third, centrist party.

Indeed he is (waking the Catholic giant that is)

gotta love a man who speaks boldly for the faith!

He walked the line, but I don’t think he crossed it. He never technically made a statement in regards to who, specifically, to vote for.

He is a taxpayer. This bishop is a secular priest. Secular priests are not tax exempt. You have to be a religious for the exemption.


Br. JR, FFV :slight_smile:

Go Bishop Jenky

That makes sense. But doesn’t his diocese benefit from the exemption? I’m guessing that a pastoral letter is meant for his diocese.

This president is not going to back down from an agenda he believes to his core. What specifically do you view as “evil” in the Romney agenda?

Patrons then covenant to keep the Law of Sacrifice. In doing so, participants “covenant to sacrifice all that we possess, even our own lives if necessary, in sustaining and defending the kingdom of God.” According to Mormon thought, the “kingdom of God on earth” is the LDS Church (Mormon Doctrine, pg. 415).

He made that vow, and more.

Do you sustain the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator and as the only person on the earth who possesses and is authorized to exercise all priesthood keys? Do you sustain members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators? Do you sustain the other General Authorities and local authorities of the Church?

Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?


Every year he participates in a Temple Recommend interview, and has to respond correctly to those two questions above in order to be a fully-approved member of the LDS religion. “Sustain” means agree with and obey.

Do same research and find out. The LDS do not believe in separation of church and state.

Did he institute LDS as a state religion where he was governor? Did he use his political power to prefer LDS in contracts or legislation while he was governor?

The accusation carries weight if there is evidence of past behavior.

The bishop is a taxpayer and the bishop made a statement. The diocese is a taxpayer and made no statement

Think about Rev. Jesse Jackson’s church, do you think his church pays taxes on what is donated. Rev Jackson certainly pays taxes on the income he personally receives ( like Bishop Jenkins does).

Or how about Little Rock Baptist when Dr. King was alive. Should his church have paid taxes on the collection plate income?

Besides do you honestly feel that people who work for non-profit organizations cannot make political statements?

Or only people who pay taxes have the Right of Free Speech?

Did he institute LDS as a state religion where he was governor? Did he use his political power to prefer LDS in contracts or legislation while he was governor?

The accusation carries weight if there is evidence of past behavior.

It would be difficult to research the first two questions. I have seen LDS preference in LDS-dominated areas. Whether he himself is or would be guilty is open to question.

The third question is easily answered. This is the “etch a sketch” candidate we are talking about, by his own admission. There is past behavior of flipping and shaking whenever the picture he draws is questioned.

The dioceses is a 501©3 corporation. As long as it does not violate the regulations that govern 501©3 corps, the bishop can say what he wants. If the bishop, as the leader of the diocese were to campaign for the Whigs Party, then it is in violation of the law. If the bishop, as a citizen states a preference for the Whigs Party, he has every right to do so, just like any other citizen. We often forget that secular clergy are citizens.

It’s a fine line, because it’s not always easy to determine when he’s speaking as a private citizen or giving his people marching orders. Wording is very important. But all non-profit corps have the freedom to express political opinions. Just look at Planned Parenthood.


Br.JR, FFV :slight_smile:

He has the right to speak on the issues, but not the right to tell people how to vote. And the third option is open-- to not vote.

And, if you look at a map of the diocese of Peoria, you will note that they are well aware of LDS-related issues.

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