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Peoria Bishop Under Fire For Obama-Hitler Comparison
cbslocal ^ | April 19, 2012

Posted on 04/20/2012 1:38:50 PM PDT by NYer


Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky (CBS)

CHICAGO (CBS) – The Roman Catholic bishop of Peoria has set off a firestorm of controversy, comparing President Obama’s policies to those of Hitler and Stalin.

Bishop Daniel Jenky made the comment Sunday. As the crowds who gather round him will attest, he is a firebrand outside and inside the pulpit.

“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,” Jenky said over the weekend. “In clear violation of our constitutional rights, president Obama with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.”

Chicago Francis Cardinal George declined to comment on the comparison but echoed some of the frustration Jenky expressed.

“This is the first time in the history of our country where our very own government has told our Catholic institutions ‘If you’re going to operate in public, you can’t operate in a Catholic way, you have to give up your Catholic identity,’” George told CBS 2’s Mike Parker on Thursday.

Also during his homily, Bishop Jenky blasted what he called “the calculated disdain of the president of the United States.”

George declined to weigh in on that statement, saying, “I’m not privy to the president’s inner life.”

The church’s anger grows out of the recent flap over contraceptives and healthcare reform known as “Obamacare.”

The head of the Chicago Anti-Defamation League is calling the bishop’s words on Hitler, Stalin and Obama way over the top. He wants the bishop to apologize.

Meanwhile, an advocate for the separation of church and state is urging the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Jenky.

United Church of Christ Minister Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, says the bishop’s comments violate the federal tax code provision that bars churches and other non-profits from intervening in political campaigns.

“If you can get away with this, you might as well tell parishioners to put money into the collection plate on Sunday morning Mass and simply turn that over to whoever is running against Barack Obama,” Lynn said.

A spokesperson for Jenky says the bishop’s comments were taken out of context and misconstrued.


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: bishopjenky; communism; hitler; il; jenky; obama; peoria; wensky

1 posted on 04/20/2012 1:38:58 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 04/20/2012 1:39:52 PM PDT by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
And there's more ... from today's Chicago Tribune.

Complaint filed with IRS against Peoria Diocese

3 posted on 04/20/2012 1:41:10 PM PDT by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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To: NYer
And here comes the diocesan response ...

Diocese moves to clarify bishop's controversial remarks

4 posted on 04/20/2012 1:43:16 PM PDT by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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To: NYer
Meanwhile, an advocate for the separation of church and state is urging the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Jenky.

You knew this was coming as soon as the first article appeared regarding this courageous Bishop's recent homily at Peoria's annual men's march ...

5 posted on 04/20/2012 1:45:03 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: NYer

Wright is Wrong.


6 posted on 04/20/2012 1:46:21 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Pulpit chicken roosting???? Who knew?)
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To: NYer

When did he give up his First Amendment Rights?


7 posted on 04/20/2012 1:46:29 PM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: NYer

I have to ask.....is he telling the truth or not? If he is, what will America do about it?


8 posted on 04/20/2012 1:49:08 PM PDT by RC2
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To: NYer
When you start taking flak, you know you're near the target.
9 posted on 04/20/2012 1:50:20 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (For every black person murdered by a white, thirty-nine white people are murdered by blacks.)
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To: NYer

i imagine the heat just got turned up a notch where ted kennedy is.


10 posted on 04/20/2012 1:58:24 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (void where prohibited.)
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To: NYer

Has he had his visit from the Secret Service yet?


11 posted on 04/20/2012 2:03:48 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (void where prohibited.)
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I am not Catholic, but I support this man.


12 posted on 04/20/2012 2:13:11 PM PDT by waterhill (I Shall Remain. FUBO: GOD BLESS DICK CHENEY! D.C. FOREVER!)
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The head of the Chicago Anti-Defamation League is calling the bishop’s words on Hitler, Stalin and Obama way over the top. He wants the bishop to apologize.

He should apologize the very day that the reverends Wright, Sharpton and Jackson and the minister Farakahn apologize for some of the much worse stuff they've said over the years.

Why is it when you bad mouth traditional values most Americans hold it's "free speech", but as soon as some leftist takes offense then it's apologies all around. Does that seem right to you?

13 posted on 04/20/2012 2:16:18 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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“Under fire” from whom? From the Obama surrogates in the anti-Christian ADL and Americans United. And from the liberal media that are trying to manufacture faux outrage. On substance, the Bishop’s remarks are right on point. Totalitarian regimes always attempt to limit and eventually eliminate all competing institutions, to include religious ones. The historical examples cited by the bishop were accurate and appropriate. Obama shares the totalitarian vision of an all powerful centralized state that will rule all sectors of our lives without inconvenient mediating institutions.


14 posted on 04/20/2012 2:26:32 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: NYer
I listened to the excerpt from his homily in question. He said nothing wrong, and he never compared 0bama to Hitler or Stalin. Progressives have their panties in a twist because he was right on the money, and they can't stand it.

IMHO his homily is very good and thought provoking. Below is a link to it.

Catholic Bishop Claims Obama Is ‘Following A Similar Path’ To Hitler

DISCLAIMER: I apologize for linking to "thinkprogress" but ignore their ramblings and listen to the bishop's own words.

15 posted on 04/20/2012 2:44:30 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: the invisib1e hand

SS indeed! Don’t they have some underage girls to bone in a foreign country. Hand tough Bishop.


16 posted on 04/20/2012 2:45:40 PM PDT by healy61
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To: NYer

Love. Thank you Cardinal!


17 posted on 04/20/2012 2:58:20 PM PDT by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily (Our Lady, July 13, 1917))
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To: NYer

So the Bush/Hitler thing is a no never mind?


18 posted on 04/20/2012 3:02:39 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: NYer

Rock on, Bishop Jenky!


19 posted on 04/20/2012 3:21:45 PM PDT by karnage
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Truth really IRKS the lib/socialists/communist democraps....


20 posted on 04/20/2012 3:34:41 PM PDT by Pirsig289
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To: NYer

How dare he insult Hitler and Stalin!


21 posted on 04/20/2012 3:34:44 PM PDT by Pirsig289
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To: SkyDancer
So the Bush/Hitler thing is a no never mind?

yeah, what about that?

22 posted on 04/20/2012 4:06:05 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (void where prohibited.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Exactly. With Bush is was political rhetoric, with Obamalamadingdong it's treason.

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23 posted on 04/20/2012 5:56:22 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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