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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. @Will: There is one good thing I can say about Rome: they are consistent about being pro-life and anti-capital punishment. The only exception I know of is the church in Uganda which supports the kill-the-gays bill over the Pope's express direction.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 3, 2012 7:35:45 PM

  2. Please stop preaching that there is an attack on Christianity. Please stop demonizing President Obama. Please stop crushing other Christian hearts and souls. We are all God’s people. Even though our President Obama has a different name and a darker skin, you preach and attack. I you think and preach losing Christianity, we Christians are here. We just pushed away from your churches. Your churches no longer feel like God’s house of worship. We are here and we praise God every day and we pray to God. We look at what Jesus Christ said to us. What our Savior Jesus Christ taught us. We live by our Jesus Christ’s love and good. To touch lives in a good way. To be a light for others to worship God Almighty. And our dear Jesus Christ. Through the years we left your churches. Preaching prejudice, hate, and attack on other Christians. Your churches have sent Christians to attack Christians. Even Crooked Christian Evangelists like Ralph Reed that leads what he calls the Christian Coalition or called ALEC. Ralph Reed takes in millions of dollars from corporations to control our country and fund Republican Presidents. Wouldn’t you think that an Evangelist could use that money to feed hungry people or pay for a child with cerebral palsy to get stem cell treatment? No, just control our country and to me that is not a Christian. You sent Christians to attack and demonize another Christian soul. Barack Obama who became our President. He has been crucified lied about attacked hurt by Christian’s attacking. I am one of the Christians of many that have left your churches. I was brought up a Methodist. My husband was brought up a Catholic. We are good Christians. Jesus told us to care for all in need whether poor, sick, hurting, and suffering. Jesus told us to go out and do good to help thy neighbor. We don’t think that only means love thy neighbor in the church congregation. Or only love thy neighbor of the same color of skin. Or love thy neighbor that is different through no fault of their own. We are all God’s children but we have been fractured and hurt by churches. My mother and father suffered horribly for years with no hope for any cure. My parents were true Christians. They were Humanitarians. They loved animals. They cared for all and were not prejudice. Christians like my parents aren’t in your churches much. My Mother had a severe Parkinson’s disease. She couldn’t talk, swallow, sit up, and walk, for years. I took care of her and was helpless to help her. All I could do is love her and hold her as she cried. My family and so many of Gods people wondered why our country wouldn’t move forward with stem cell research to help the suffering. Back to back. My father had major strokes. As my mother’s body started shutting down, my father was in the hospital. We stayed with my mother and called Hospice but took care of her ourselves to love her and read scriptures of the Bible to her. The next three years my father suffered horribly. His brain was so damaged. He cried every day. He was so afraid. I held him and loved him through those emotional years. We were together when my mother took her last breath and the same with my father. Our family stuck together and loved both to their last breath. My mother loved Jesus so much and my father. I was taught to love others, not to be prejudice, to care for those in need. I stepped out for a minute to cry as my Mother’s body was shutting down. I called a Minister to be with her also. When I stepped out to cry. The Minister asked if there was anything he could help me with. I asked him “I have prayed and prayed for years throughout the suffering of my Mother. I asked Jesus to hold her so she would feel comfort. I asked the Minister “Why wouldn’t Jesus hold her”. The Minister said to me “God did answer your prayers. He answered your prayers through you. “You have cared for her and you have held and loved her. God comforted her through you. I never forgot that God works through people. He works through sensitive hearts that will love and comfort people. I have had a way to sensitive of heart all of my life. The suffering of my Mom and Dad that spanned for 13 years back to back tore my heart up. Then I accidently came across a Stem Cell doctor. I didn’t even know they existed in our country. If I knew I would have given away all of my possessions to get my mother and then father to stem cell treatment. It would have stopped all of their suffering. No one told me that. After finding this stem cell doctor, I spent time in the clinic and say all of the people traveling from all over our country and other countries with hope in their eyes. Hope for cures. It wasn’t legal in our country yet so this doctor had to get the patients across the border to Mexico where it was legal. I watched more and more suffering people. I watched Mothers bringing their children in wheelchairs. Mothers carrying their small children. Children suffering with Cerebral Palsy trapped in their own body that can’t talk or communicate at all. Their little bodies so crippled up. More children with Autism. Adults with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Strokes, COPD, MS. All suffering people. Every person broke my heart. I have always been too sensitive and have always wanted to hold and comfort people that are suffering or sad or elderly. A curse that I can’t get out of. I feel the pain they have. I feel the sadness they have. I feel the hopelessness they feel. I feel too much that I prayed to God to take away my sensitive heart. I want to help all of them. God you know that my heart is full of tears and pain for every single person. God why are you showing me so much suffering when it hurts me so? God is this one of my purposes while I am here to take my sensitive heart, passion to help, and drive. Is one of my purposes to fight for this stem cell research that all of your children pray for. I vow to you God that I will do everything I can to change people suffering to help the children suffering. The struggle lasted for 12 long years. I am the one that went to President Obama as every Association like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc always go to the President of The United States and begs for this research and cures. I picked up the torch and went to our President. His kind and compassionate soul took action knowing he would probably be attacked. He stood up for the children and every adult in this country. When our President announced stem cell research moving forward, I received so many emails from Parkinson’s Association and all other ones saying “We Won, Thank you Susan and God Bless President Obama”. It still took until 2011 for the research to move and there are cures coming out of this. Success with blindness, success with Cerebral Palsy, Success with Muscular dystrophy, some success with cancer. I never knew Christians are such hateful human beings. I never knew churches preach attack other Christians that are trying to do something very good to help others. All of the attacks President Obama got were like a knife stabbing through my heart and soul. God people attacked Gods people that care so much and change this stall to get the cures. Our God is a loving God. He gave humans the mind to think and reason and find ways to help others. I know in my heart that what I did was right and what President Obama was right. I know all the hate that churches sent out is not God’s will. I know that rape is not God’s will. I know that suffering is not God’s will. I know God wants his children helped that pray for him to help. I feel Jesus in my heart and I feel all of his suffering children. I showed a couple websites demonizing President Obama because of this. I showed him this Catholic web site demonizing President Obama. My husband said “Honey I don’t want to see it. I don’t have the answers. I don’t know what is wrong with Christians today either. I don’t know why Christians are so hateful. President Obama did not win just because of minorities. Every person with Parkinson’s voted for him. Every person with Alzheimer’s voted for him. Every family with a suffering child voted for him. Christians voted for him. Christians that can see the light his soul gives out. He has a true Christian soul that you demonized. Just not the Christians those churches sent to attack him.

    Posted by: Susan Pateracki | Nov 7, 2012 2:52:49 PM

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