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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. JoAnn
    2 years ago

    AMEN!!!! I have passed this along to my parish priests. Hopefully, they will read this at the Masses. To the "scoffing Catholics" If you support Obama and his atrocities, you are no Catholic so stop calling yourselves Catholic. Either live your Faith or find yourself a more Socialistic/Communistic religion. If you remain "lukewarm", the Bible says Jesus will spew you out of his mouth. I will keep all of you in my prayers that the scales will fall from your eyes and you all have a change of heart. God bless.

  2. Vance
    2 years ago

    Deacon Fournier, thanks again for another informative article. I didn't know Otto Von Bismark oppressed the Catholic Church. The History of France is rife with Despots who did their best to persecute the Catholic Church. Bishop Jenky is a hero along with the "Handful" of others. It is a tragic state of affairs when Bishops like Jenky are the small minority among a larger majority of Liberals who support Obama with their silence on the critical issues but will heap public praise on Obama when the opportunity presents itself. We the Faithful are fighting enemies from both within and outside the Catholic Church.

  3. Bill Sr.
    2 years ago

    This attitude of capitulation to the mounting odds we face today to do Gods work when the forces of Evil have been multiplying and life has become easier and our spirits are weakened by the sheer multitude of pleasures which modern technology offers us along with the benefits being granted by ill-fated government instituted social justice rights and privileges which dilute our moral conscience is certainly not the course designed to lead us to paradise.
    We don’t surrender our franchise as god fearing Christians simply because we are outnumbered or overwhelmed by the enemy. David didn’t.
    Why pray for God’s intervention if we are reluctant to enter the fight or at least plead for sanity among the confusion which evil has gleefully developed in our society? Praise God political correctness is no longer the norm and at least for now we still have the first amendment right to free speech though Pelosi and the democrats are thinking of revising that as we speak.

    Peace to you.

  4. David J Seelie
    2 years ago

    BRAVO Bishop Jenky

  5. elcid
    2 years ago

    Deacon Keith, I see the radical liberal Catholics are at it again, they always show their true colors...maybe we should have an online exorcism for them! bless you Deacon Keith for standing up to them, I got your back!

    @Gary Hodgkinson - you practice on your own terms..hmmm...sounds like a protestant to me.

    @judy berube - the president is simply a christian! I think he's more of an anti-christ, a 19th century catholic priest wrote a book called "Liberalism is a Sin", you can't have both a Catholic (christian) and liberal world view; they conflict...this man is very eloquent and deceitful....he's fooled people like you.

    @Mark - I agree with you, but this administration has sent millions of dollars overseas to support abortions, this was one of the first things he did as president, not to mention the people in this country who abuse the welfare system, this could be money we can send overseas to help people who really need it...personally I blame both parties for our social and economic's a good article on poverty in america...

    @emw1 - maybe you need to crack open a bible...Matthew 23:23
    "Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you tithe mint, and anise, and cummin, and have left the weightier things of the law; judgment, and mercy, and faith. These things you ought to have done, and not to leave those undone".
    On another note...I don't think the Bishop was name calling just because he mentioned Hitler/Stalin, he was just comparing the attack on religious freedom.

    @Carla Johnson - I will just quote Bishop Fulton Sheen "America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance. It is not, it is suffering from tolerance: tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virture and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so much overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broad-minded".

    @ace - see my comment I take it you have no issue with 50+ million babies murdered just in this country alone, who knows what this number may be worldwide.

  6. Todd
    2 years ago

    I didn't see it reflected in the article that the Bishop compared Obama to Hitler and Stalin. How is this administration infringing on the rights of Catholics? I never remember reading in the bible where Jesus degrades other people, even his enemies. How is this comparison productive? Having a mandate that services are OFFERED does not mean the faithful must ACCEPT. If a complete separation of church and state is requested, I whole heartedly agree. Begin paying taxes like everyone else and then you can say with a clean conscious that the church, any church, does not participate in state programs such as 501C's. Give to Caesar what is Caesars’ and give to the Lord what is the Lords'. To make this comparison is of anyone is disgraceful. To compare someone, anyone, to two men who were solely responsible for killing MILLIONS of people is disgusting, I don't care who the president is or who the person is that the comparison is being made to. There are no SS storming churches and removing those who are worshiping. There are no agents of the government poisoning its' people or burning fields so people starve to death. The church has now become a political entity promoting a political agenda. What happened to separation of church and state? I don't remember Jesus campaigning for one political party or another. If a true separation is requested then stop filing 501c's and pay taxes, stop trying to influence elections and start doing what it is that Jesus instructed you to do, preach his word to everyone. He didn't say Paul go file a 501c so we don't have to pay taxes or John go campaign for the emperor. NO. Jesus lived his life preaching and spreading the word. It is a time of crisis in this country, not because of Democrats or Republicans, but because everyone has lost their way. In a time that the church is needed most it chooses to politicize the day’s events and be distracted by them instead of relying on the written word and living as Jesus would. Not only has the flock lost its' way, but the church has as well. If anyone had actually read this far, yes I am Catholic. I am tired of politics infiltrating every corner of our lives. Why can't the church be a place where one goes to focus on God and realize that as soon as it begins to attempt to influence those in other positions of authority or perceived authority, it becomes no better than a lobbyist? Jesus didn't force other people to listen to his message, it was free will. He didn't shove it down their throats. If he was preaching on a rock you were more than welcome to stop and listen. The twelve disciples did not physically restrain people to listen to his word. No strong arm tactics were used in the physical sense as well as the verbal sense. They shouldn’t be used today.

  7. David J Seelie
    2 years ago

    BRAVO Bishop Jenky

  8. Mike Grenier
    2 years ago

    "...or advocates for positions which openly oppose the teaching of the Catholic Church."

    who's the nazi here?

  9. mikem
    2 years ago

    to Judy are sadly misinformed, deliberately so, I fear. To all supporters of President Obama I say wake up and face the facts. Stop reading yahoo, google, and msn;
    stop watching the major "news" outlets...ABC, NBC, CBS and start getting your news from the Catholic Press that features adherence to the Pope. Got that? You are being brainwashed and inundated by lies and falsehoods manipulated to serve so-called Federal interests, i.e. the interests of whatever country we are now in as defined by the National Security Administration (which in O's the second term will start shutting down these Catholic sites...they are already interfering with their online presence).

  10. JP
    2 years ago

    I find the reaction to Bishop Jenky's homily by Progressives as typical. The HuffPo reaction was downright nasty. This should come as no suprise. But what is most disconcerting is the now almost blanket assertion that religious people and leaders should check thier rights at the door. The lawsuit filed in federal court only reinforced what Bishop Jenky said in this regard.

    The way the tax exempt status for religious institutions in being enforced today is a clear violation of the 1st Amendment. The IRS essientially is determining what can be said from the pulpit. And Bishop Jenky never told Catholics how to vote. But he did explain the ramifications of what thier vote might be. As far as I know there is no prohibition against priests, bishops or ministers calling out a politican as being immoral. I think it is high time the Church files a counter suit against the IRS and any federal agency that attempts to intimidate, harrass, or prosecute religious leaders.

    Bishop Jenky in no way should back down. He obviously hit a raw never with many. His blunt assessment of what is at stake I hope will light a fire. The future of our Church is at stake.

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