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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. They ARE allowed to deny employees free birth control… but then they will have to pay their fair share of taxes.

    Posted by: Andy | Nov 1, 2012 5:37:22 PM

  2. Just a lot of hot air from this idiot. No way Obama will lose Illinois.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 1, 2012 5:44:26 PM

  3. First comment by Mike is exactly on point. By no possible justification should these churches be specifically endorsing or attacking candidates. Tax the kid-fu#kers, already!

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Nov 1, 2012 5:51:07 PM

  4. Sounds like a hate group with a tax deduction. Does this guy didle little boys - or what? He certainly seems to have over the top issues. Shame he's never resd the New Testament.

    Posted by: Deke | Nov 1, 2012 5:59:04 PM

  5. A man full of hatred.... how pathetic, sad......

    another reason that I'm proud I left the Catholic Church... It really has no morals.

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Nov 1, 2012 7:38:53 PM

  6. Someone needs to sic the IRS on them. This is clearly over the line. But I suspect there are enough Catholics in the IRS hierarchy to prevent such governmental meddling.

    Posted by: Jay M. | Nov 1, 2012 8:26:05 PM

  7. @ Jay M.

    exactly !
    That is where Opus Dei has taken us.....they have infiltrated the top , as part of their deliberate operations.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 1, 2012 9:57:15 PM

  8. Interesting comments at the end:
    "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."

    Apparently, the Vicar General doesn't see any difference between Rome's steamrolling of its religion's values while complaining about Obama's purported steamrolling of his.

    I don't really understand the Muslim card, except perhaps because Islam believes abortion is perfectly acceptable in the first trimester. (Personhood beings when the soul enters the body after 3 months.)

    "peculiar and unreal"? ROFLMAO
    Does the hierarchy read their promulgations for what they actually say before releasing them? Does the hierarchy even have any contact with reality?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 1, 2012 10:12:41 PM

  9. Most Catholics, even the ones who go to church rerularly, pay little mind to the hierarchy's teachings on sexual morality. The Church began losing that fight in the late 1960's when Paul IV pronounced the practice of contraception gravely sinful. About 95% of Catholics ignore this teaching. Since then they have begun to ignore the hierarchy on the whole range of sexual morality. Furthermore, Catholics don't like to be told by their priests and bishops for whom to vote. And in fact Catholics tend to be among the more liberal voters in the American electorate.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 1, 2012 10:25:37 PM

  10. Shut up, you pediophile protectors! You've lost all credibility to make moral decisions or pronouncementsas far as I'm concerned!

    Posted by: Barbara Soule | Nov 1, 2012 10:36:13 PM

  11. Bishop "Jerk Off" Jenky and his rotten church should be TAXED!

    Posted by: Chicklets | Nov 1, 2012 10:44:14 PM

  12. Bishop "Jerk Off" Jenky and his rotten church should be TAXED!

    Posted by: Chicklets | Nov 1, 2012 10:44:17 PM

  13. All you Church-haters out there should realize something. If everything in human life is "political" and if the Church is not allowed to touch politics, then the Church would not be able to address any issue at all.

    The idea that the government can order Churches to pay for abortion is about like saying that the Government can outlaw religious discrimination and order the Catholic Church to ordain atheists.

    Posted by: ernstroehm's ghost | Nov 1, 2012 11:12:08 PM

  14. The catholic church needs to stay out of everyone's bedroom.

    Posted by: MATT | Nov 1, 2012 11:32:10 PM

  15. Forget income taxes for churches who cross the line into politics, local and state governments should revoke their exemption from property taxes. Income may be zero, but property remains taxable always.

    Posted by: PETER | Nov 2, 2012 2:34:34 AM

  16. For his letter to have any effect on the election requires a miracle of Biblical proportion.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 2, 2012 5:38:31 AM

  17. I have decided that I will be actively lending my support to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
    Churches, in general, are against us - with the Catholics, Mormons, and various evangelicals leading the charge. These three, in particular, have all crossed the line which separates church and state - and therefore, they no longer qualify for tax-exempt status. (Read the IRS rules).
    If we taxed these heinous institutions, it would go a long way toward reducing the deficit. While we're at it, let's throw the book at the pedophile priests and those who are complicit in their coverups.

    Posted by: John | Nov 2, 2012 8:54:41 AM

  18. Go to www.irs.gov, search for Form 13909 "Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint", complete the form and mail it in! Then contact the Bishop - lullrich@cdop.org (Laurie Ullrich - the Bishop's Secretary - and tell her that you have turned them in!!!!

    Posted by: Chris K | Nov 2, 2012 9:14:02 AM

  19. The churches in his diocesse (and others with similar edicts) should lose their tax exempt status.

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 2, 2012 11:15:14 AM

  20. Considering that the Archdiocese of NY is one of the largest landholders in the city and upstate NY and that many Catholic archdiocese around the country are also large landholders, I think it IS time that the Catholic Church's tax-exempt status be ended. That would go for any protestant churches that, like the Catholic Church, seem to feel that they have carte-blanche to interfere in our secular, political process. They do not. Tax the sonsofbitches now!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 2, 2012 11:27:21 AM

  21. These arrogant tax-free men in silken gowns are not only boy-rapists but little-girl-rapists as well who force as best they can their minor girl victims to hole up for the 9-month pregnancy in some nunnery or orphanage somewhere, and then pressure them to give up the child in adoption so that The Holy Roman Catholic Church can lie in the paperwork and declare the "father" unknown and send this priestly infant-of-rape into the mists of lost bureaucracy and "divine provenance."
    Not only should the whole racketeering lot of the hierarchy of the American Catholic Church serve hard time in prison for their many decades of systematically abusing children, but their blatant racket of trying to destroy the evidence of their crimes should enhance their prison sentences for their unmitigated arrogance and flaunting of the civil law, from which they profit enormously because of their tax-exempt status.
    Raised Catholic, I can only look with disdain as these priests play "dress up" every Sunday, their garments intended to call upon the visual memories of the multiple merciless Popes who openly waged bloody war way back when these "vestments" were the fashion. They are not merely laughably anachronistic "dresses and finery." They are the monarchical remnants of a time gone by when the concept of a "democracy" was either laughable or a dreaded threat to be obliterated, just as The Holy Roman Catholic history delineates the 1,000's of fellow Christians whose life blood was shed to maintain the Absolute Monarchy of the Nation State of the Vatican where the Pope's "infallibility" could sign a death sentence as easily as you or I would sign the check for dinner out.
    Enough is, indeed, freaking enough with these cadres of conmen and their tax-exempt status, which means we all support their sins of lust against humanity and their sins of theft against the American taxpayer.

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | Nov 2, 2012 6:46:40 PM

  22. As to ernstroehm's ghost's comment that "The idea that the government can order Churches to pay for abortion is about like saying that the Government can outlaw religious discrimination and order the Catholic Church to ordain atheists," that is simply a silly analogy - insurance premiums go into a pool. The Catholic Church can pretend their contributions are going to something else and Planned Parenthood can claim that they are taking up the slack by allocation more of their premiums to pay for abortions. As long as everyone pays the same as they did before, the insurance company is happy.

    The Catholic position would be like me saying that I shouldn't have to pay for damages caused by a drunk driver out of "my" insurance premiums and therefore that damages caused by drunk drivers should not be covered by my insurance company at all.

    And for that matter, just look at the picture of that bishop. Can I object to having to pay for his early coronary or stroke due to his sinful behavior (gluttony, presumably, if the picture is any indication of his girth)?

    Oh, I forgot - the bishop's "sins" get covered. He just wants coverage dropped for things he disapproves of.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 3, 2012 3:20:57 AM

  23. I encountered two receptionists yesterday. As I walked into their conversation: "I am a good Catholic, but I am getting so tired of the Bishop telling me who I can and cannot vote for!" After talking with them awhile, the other then said: "Our family doesn't listen to the political sermons at all anymore, we just tune them out"

    Posted by: chuck | Nov 3, 2012 2:30:58 PM

  24. Good! I'm glad someone is taking action. This is long overdue for the Catholic mafia. They're so arrogant and intrinsically evil....not unlike the Mormon hierarchy or any church organization that attempts to control and govern people secularly rather than guide in spiritual matters.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Nov 3, 2012 5:44:34 PM

  25. I lived in Colombia, where the catholic church has to provide birth control
    coverage, just like all other employers. What I love most, is that the government recognizes common-law marriage for both gay and straight couples, and has forced the catholic church to provide pensions to the surviving partners of gay priests. Imagine the howl in this country if they were forced to provide that!

    Posted by: Jim Emery | Nov 3, 2012 5:53:32 PM

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