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Catholic Bishop Demands Priests Recite Letter Blasting Obama

JenkyDaniel Jenky, the Bishop of Peoria, Illinois, is ordering priests under his command to read an anti-Obama letter he wrote this Sunday, the final services before next week's presidential election.

"I require that this letter be personally read by each celebrating priest at each Weekend Mass," he writes of the letter, which claims that President Obama and his administration's healthcare laws are an "assault on our religious freedom".

In the letter, Jenky cautions parishioners that Obama and a majority of U.S. senators will not reconsider the mandate that would require employers, including religious groups, to provide free birth control coverage in their health care plans. "This assault upon our religious freedom is simply without precedent in the American political and legal system," Jenky wrote.

"Today, Catholic politicians, bureaucrats, and their electoral supporters who callously enable the destruction of innocent human life in the womb also thereby reject Jesus as their Lord," Jenky added. "They are objectively guilty of grave sin."

Earlier this year, Jenky delivered a controversial homily criticizing the contraception mandate. The bishop included Obama's policies in a list of historic challenges the Catholic Church has overcome in previous centuries, including Hitler and Stalin's campaigns.

Another Catholic leader in Illinois, Vicar General Eric Barr of the Rockford Diocese, claimed Obama is "steamrolling" his religion's values while arguing for Muslim acceptance.

"Nothing justifies this peculiar and unreal stance of the president," he said.

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  1. Just tax the boy-fuckers already!

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 1, 2012 1:54:30 PM

  2. blast obama...seems like grounds to blast the catholic church's tax-exempt status.

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 1, 2012 1:56:42 PM

  3. The Catholic Church is a POLITICAL institution. Nobody can deny that now.

    Posted by: StarGem | Nov 1, 2012 1:57:59 PM

  4. With actions like this, the church should *immediately* lose their tax exempt status (and any other religious protections).

    These ass-hats also need to realize that preventing them from imposing their religious beliefs on us is *NOT* "an assault on our religious freedom".

    Posted by: MikeKV | Nov 1, 2012 1:59:30 PM

  5. The thing is, once you reject Jesus as your Lord and have been condemned to Hell, you are pretty much a free agent after that.

    Those Bishops don't seem to have much else in their arsenal.

    Posted by: anyone for bundt cake? | Nov 1, 2012 2:04:41 PM

  6. Why can't these Catholics just go back to raping and abusing children and leave us decent people alone. Also report this ass hats to the IRS for preaching politics in the Catholic Church, demand that the IRS pull their tax exempt status for violating the laws that say the church can not preach politics and get tax exemption at the same time. They are clearly in violation of that law and god knows how many others.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 1, 2012 2:06:52 PM

  7. OK, raise your hands. How many of you - like me - are sick and tired of the heavy-handedness of the tax-free political undertakings by harmful hate-filled bigoted organized religions like the Catholic Church? If only the IRS had the balls to take 'em to the woodshed but, politically, I never expect to see that happen.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Nov 1, 2012 2:09:07 PM

  8. The fact that ordinary folks and millionaires can get tax breaks for supporting their religions like the Mormon cul^H^H^H church and the Catholic pedo^H^H^H^H church is ridiculous at this point.

    When those people pay fewer taxes, it means that the REST of us pay more in taxes to take up the slack. And for what? So that they can support religious leaders like this idiot engaging in electioneering?

    You should be free to donate to your church, but America shouldn't give you a tax deduction to do so.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Nov 1, 2012 2:14:46 PM

  9. Hopefully, the IRS is keeping count of these violations and takes action after the election.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Nov 1, 2012 2:15:57 PM

  10. I'm really not concerned - the majority of people attending those masses are getting irritated at the church disagreeing with them on contraceptives and will be less inclined to fund Pope Palpatine's Manolo habit. The Catholic church is driving parishioners away. And this is a good thing.

    Posted by: Sean Mac | Nov 1, 2012 2:22:39 PM

  11. Yeah. They aren't going to loose their tax exempt status. About all we can take comfort in is that this is one more step in the catholic church's dance to irrelevancy.

    I'm not gonna get worked up over the letter. The sheep have already been told how to vote. Any thinking undecided's may just be so annoyed by this obvious effort to control their votes that they will vote for Obama out of spite. (at least I hope).

    Cute hat, though

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 1, 2012 2:26:02 PM

  12. If Obama loses this election, you can blame/thank the Right for bamboozling him. How is it ethical that an entire news network questions the President’s citizenship for four years to create doubt in voters while a fringe element of the far right demonizes and degrades him? Most of this is financed by the rich who want to keep their stranglehold on the flow of wealth in our country. Watch the white hands apply the Blackface to our first African-American President at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html

    Posted by: Brandt Hardin | Nov 1, 2012 2:30:08 PM

  13. Tax them! Enough of the bully pulpit, just tax them already!

    Posted by: benjamin | Nov 1, 2012 2:38:46 PM

  14. It's always the ones who say abortion is wrong because its killing yet these people are most likely in favour of the death penalty

    Posted by: Will | Nov 1, 2012 2:41:22 PM

  15. It's time they realized that there are really only three sins: preying on children; blind faith; and weak coffee.

    Posted by: David R. | Nov 1, 2012 2:42:56 PM

  16. Too bad they don't make blanket statements like that against pedophilia and child abuse. Too close to home, I guess.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 1, 2012 2:49:16 PM

  17. If religions insist on interfering with politics and our laws it's time they were taxed like every other profit-making business that interferes with our laws.

    This "man" should be in jail. To me his actions fall under the voter suppression category which is illegal. He is trying to suppress the votes of the Democratic party.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 1, 2012 2:49:18 PM

  18. Good Lord, Burl Ives needs to take it down a notch!

    Posted by: BETTY | Nov 1, 2012 3:01:15 PM

  19. If Italy can look at taxing the RC Churchs non-church assets, why can the US not revoke tax exemptions when the RC Church or any other church clearly violates laws regarding religious interference in politics. If you want to preach politics from the pulpit, go for it but be prepared to pay the price from the collection plate.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | Nov 1, 2012 3:44:51 PM

  20. The Southern Poverty Law Association needs to look into the real possibility that the Catholic Church is a Hate Group for the following reasons;
    1 that Church calls gay people "intrinsically disordered"; and
    2 encourages active anti gay political expressions through biased legislation;
    3 it bans homosexuals from becoming priests;
    4 it protects child molesters, subverting the duty of disclosure under the rug of Canon Law instead of disclosing to Civil Law Authorities.
    This combination of malice is sufficient , in my opinion, to declare the Catholic Church a Hate Group.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 1, 2012 3:49:18 PM

  21. PS :

    It also uses politicians clandestinely to further their twisted bigotry, such politicians as Paul Ryan - Opus Dei member and promoter of the Catholic Church hate agenda.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 1, 2012 3:52:03 PM

  22. Papist Swine!

    He probably has a PC full of kiddie porn.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Nov 1, 2012 3:54:39 PM

  23. The church is deeply hypocritical and has only become worse under Ratzinger. From the pulpit it proclaims to want to uphold the traditional family, but it doesn't allow priests to marry (for no reason other than greed). It claims to protect children but covers up decades (centuries?) of child molestation. It decries abortion but subjugates women and puts them in situations where they're going to end up with unwanted or untenable pregnancies. It claims to want to help the poor but continues to be in bed with the rich. And it fails to ex-communicate wealthy and powerful laity who are openly and trenchantly pro-choice, while lecturing the common folk about their politics. I've been lucky to be a part of some wonderful Catholic parishes, but it's becoming clear that the power structure in the church is deeply flawed. I hope they do lose their tax exemption, along with the other religions who are clearly stepping knee deep into political advocacy of elected officials this election.

    Posted by: Stefan | Nov 1, 2012 4:14:30 PM

  24. So who is the Big Nelly in the picture?

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 1, 2012 5:21:44 PM

  25. So who is the Big Nelly in the picture?

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 1, 2012 5:21:47 PM

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