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The Courage of Bishop Daniel Jenky: Catholics by Conviction! Comments

One of the silverlinings in the ominous cloud threatening the freedom of the Church in America is the extraordinary way the hostility of the new Caesar has mobilized the faithful. Perhaps even more heartening is the way that this growing and open hostility has elicited such courageous leadership from so many of our shepherds. Most recently that kind of courage was demonstrated by Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois. Continue Reading

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  1. goodwater
    2 years ago

    Sadly Bishop Jenky is but only one voice crying out in the desert.

    The Bishops as a whole are part of the problem that we face as Catholics. Sure Cardinal Dolan has also spoken out on the issue of insurance mandates. YET, the Catholic News Service reports that Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, urge Congress to draw a "circle of protection" around programs that serve "the least among us." The common message in the letters focuses on the necessity of "shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues," the elimination of unnecessary military and other spending and fairly addressing long-term costs associated with health insurance and retirement cost.” In essence the USCCB is begging Congress not to cut the federal budget for the elderly, people with disabilities, and people with AIDS; Veterans Affairs-supported housing; McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act programs; Section 8 rental assistance; and other programs that ensure safe and affordable housing for vulnerable Americans.

    Is this not contradictory to the teachings of the Church, more specifically Subsidiarity. In accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, neither the state nor any larger society should substitute itself for the initiative and responsibility of individuals and intermediary bodies.

    Why do the Bishops think that a central government is the solution to solving the ills of the poor.

    Since Lyndon Johnson and his War on Poverty program the taxpayers have been coerced to forked over $16 to $18 trillion to fight the War on Poverty yet not withstanding this economic crisis we are in today - the poor are still among us. The federal program on the War on Poverty is a failure, yet the Bishops want it to continue.

    The U.S. Bishops should put more effort in promoting Subsidiarity rather than depend upon Caesar. The U. S. Constitution was written with this mind as it set out limited functions for the newly created government leaving the care of the poor to the individual sovereign states and the individuals.- Amendments 10 and 9.

  2. nick
    2 years ago

    Bishop Jenky's remarks were hurtful and unkind.It is unfair to compare President Obama to Hitler and Stalin.He knows that his remarks were primarily political. He knows that the comments are inaccurate. As I respectfully mentioned,in previous comments that have not been posted by the Editors of Catholic Online, Bishop Jenky is well known in the Peoria Diocese for political commentary.

  3. Bill Sr.
    2 years ago

    It’s almost comical, even within this very serious discourse, to see some of the responses of folks who want to jab at Christians with the worn out slogans used to put us in our place and end the debate. Turn your cheek, no name calling, imitate Jesus who was meek and humble of heart. Or consider the beam in your own eye. These are folks who don’t yet realize they are some of the very best arrows Evil can find to aim at the faithful who are trying to defend our Christian values. I particularly like the false compassion plea in the no name calling.
    You would think anyone wanting to engage in the dialog here may have read or at least heard of the conversation between Jesus and the very first leader of the Church when Christ called him SATAN and told him to get out of His way while He was about the Fathers work. Naughty Jesus! Or when he meekly threw the money changers out of the Temple, you could call that a Holy House cleaning which what we need today. Thank God, the Bishops have finally taken this and hopefully other crippling politically correct arrows of the capitulators out of their hands.

  4. Larry
    2 years ago

    Great article. I agree completely. I would only add that we are not here at these crossroads my mistake. This didn't just happen. "Nobody warned us"! How could this happen? The warning signs are every where. There is no one problem or fault. The public is NOT innocent in these matters either. John and Jand Doe has stood by, suppported, voted for, and participated along with the rest. Me included. Through out history man has been corrupt, and terrible. Granted, he may have been given orders by government or military officers to be terrible, but he alone followed those orders. He alone ignored Gods teachings and chose his own safety and/or fortune himself. The church teaches us right from wrong, our parents do to. The bible is still a best seller. The words of our elected officials are all recorded somehow and published, there is no accidental voting for the wrong man. This President is still the only president that ever called a accidental pregnancy a punishment, and the only remedy the murder of a child. But those are only words and he did not kill anyone. You see I consider those who do the little things in life. Those that Speak honestly, support goodness, are faithful, charitable. If a person takes care of the little things in life he will most certainly take care of the big issues also. Those who don't support life deserve nothing. I personally will never vote for anyone who does not support life, not for a job, not for social security, not for even my own life. Never.

  5. Theresa H.
    2 years ago

    Between the two Comments that are posted following mine, are two opposites that illustrate the problems we are facing today within the Church. I agree with you, Rob, that we, Catholics, need catechesis--in most areas of the Christian life--else we end up with views like "FH...." We have a civic duty to inform ourselves of political matters of consequence and vote in accord with Christian-Catholic values. The Catholics in government that "FH" refers to, are hardly "Catholic" in what they value....Why are we in the situation we find ourselves? Because a culture of moral relativism, hedonism and secularism has permeated the minds of, I dare say, many Catholics....You put it well, Rob: "But if we don't get serious about discipleship in all aspects of our lives as Catholics, mandate or not, they have already won...." I don't know other than from various polls, but, evidently 25-35% of Catholics attend Mass on a regular basis.... That's not a "good" sign, from any perspective--whether we "like" our Pastor, or the "manner" in which the Mass is celebrated, or not. (No doubt, this, too, can be a problem within the Church, itself--so much "creativity" on the part of what the celebrant does--or doesn't do, and/or allows others to do....) Of course, we can go to another Catholic Church for Mass if we prefer, but to stop going to Mass for various "reasons" (other than health)? I don't think so! If we don't go to Mass, we deprive ourselves of the sacramental graces we need to live the Christian life within the Church Jesus Christ founded--on "Peter" and his successors.... I dare say, we also need our Bishops and Pastors to put aside any concerns they have regarding the size of the monies received in the collection baskets--no matter those consequences.... Doubtless, there are more who will leave the Church--who will cease to attend Mass on a regular basis--but the "hard sayings" of the Gospel and throughout all the Biblical writings must be preached: "In season and out of season," else we perish for lack of "sound teaching!" (Cf.: 2Tim 4:2-5) I dare say (who am I to say!), the Homily at Mass is supposed to apply the Readings to the lLIFE of the Faithful; Pope Benedict gives the example in this regard!

  6. JJ
    2 years ago

    I am dumbfounded with these indifferent politicians along with the secular (drive-by)
    media. Time and time again they portray the wide-scale murder of the innocents in
    The holocaust of abortion as a "Catholic" issue. Fact is, it is a human and civilized issue
    that they fail to realize or simply ignore.Kudos to Bishop Jenky and all our hierarchy.
    I beg them to to stand firm in their commitment. May God bless us all!

  7. Johnny
    2 years ago

    Praying for more bishops to speak just like bishop Jenky and the many Saints who spoke with great boldness throughout our Church history.Be not afraid! I know Blessed Pope John Paul II is smiling from heaven at bishop Jenky.Keep it coming bishops!

  8. Rob
    2 years ago

    Guys, it's great that we have all these bishops and cardinals standing up for our church. But this is slowly turning, as most things do, to a one way street where governement is bad and we don't seem to have done nothing wrong. This problem does not get fixed until the aspects of our faith that are getting attacked we actually live. Sure, the government has gone to far, that is obvious. But if we don't get serious about discipleship in all aspects of our lives as Catholics, mandate or not, they have already won. Being Catholic is a lot more than voting the right way, being pro-life or abstaining from contraception. We had better get a lot more serious about the basics or we'll never address the social ills of our time. I almost liken this to a general who sends untrained, undisciplined people to fight. We cannot combat radical secularism with folks who have not become disciples or conversely with a bunch of pharisees. It will not work, hasn't worked and unless we start looking at this problem from the inside/out, we have absolutely no chance of turning the tide. I think our leadership really needs to ask themselves if they are unwittingly doing exactly what caesar politics.

  9. FH
    2 years ago

    The Church is under attack from the government? That is "crying wolf." The Vice President, two-thirds of the Supreme Court, the Speaker of the House, and much of the Congress are Catholic. The hierarchy has become a tool of the Republic Party. The article above could have come from Fox News.

  10. Susan Corrigan
    2 years ago

    I am worried that the clergy is embracing all of the stereotypes that people have held towards Catholics for so long. Bishop Jenky makes all Catholics look foolish and clueless.

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