Bishop Jenky Pulls No Punches in Powerful Homily

Posted by John Jansen (April 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm)

Bishop Daniel JenkyBishop Daniel Jenky of the Diocese of Peoria gave a stunningly powerful homily this weekend in which he excoriated President Obama’s “radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda.”

Celebrating Mass at a men’s conference entitled “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith,” Bishop Jenky spoke in his homily about the ever-present difficulties of being a Christian, and noted:

[It]’s not supposed to be easy! The world, the flesh, and the devil will always love their own, and will always hate us. As Jesus once predicted, they hated me, they will certainly hate you. …

For 2,000 years the enemies of Christ have certainly tried their best. But think about it. The Church survived and even flourished during centuries of terrible persecution, during the days of the Roman Empire.

The Church survived barbarian invasions. The Church survived wave after wave of Jihads. The Church survived the age of revolution. The Church survived Nazism and Communism.

And in the power of the resurrection, the Church will survive the hatred of Hollywood, the malice of the media, and the mendacious wickedness of the abortion industry.

The Church will survive the entrenched corruption and sheer incompetence of our Illinois state government, and even the calculated disdain of the President of the United States, his appointed bureaucrats in HHS, and of the current majority of the federal Senate.

May God have mercy on the souls of those politicians who pretend to be Catholic in church, but in their public lives, rather like Judas Iscariot, betray Jesus Christ by how they vote and how they willingly cooperate with intrinsic evil.

“Heroic” Expression of Our Faith Is Needed

Now that Bishop Jenky has our attention, he explains what is expected of us:

As Christians we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, but as Christians we must also stand up for what we believe and always be ready to fight for the Faith. The days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction.

In our own families, in our parishes, where we live and where we work – like that very first apostolic generation – we must be bold witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for our salvation.

Remember that in past history other governments have tried to force Christians to huddle and hide only within the confines of their churches like the first disciples locked up in the Upper Room.

In the late 19th century, Bismarck waged his “Kulturkampf,” a Culture War, against the Roman Catholic Church, closing down every Catholic school and hospital, convent and monastery in Imperial Germany.

Clemenceau, nicknamed “the priest eater,” tried the same thing in France in the first decade of the 20th Century.

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.

In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.

Now things have come to such a pass in America that this is a battle that we could lose, but before the awesome judgement seat of Almighty God this is not a war where any believing Catholic may remain neutral.

This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries — only excepting our church buildings – could easily be shut down. Because no Catholic institution, under any circumstance, can ever cooperate with the instrinsic evil of killing innocent human life in the womb.

No Catholic ministry – and yes, Mr. President, for Catholics our schools and hospitals are ministries – can remain faithful to the Lordship of the Risen Christ and to his glorious Gospel of Life if they are forced to pay for abortions.

Like Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Cardinal Francis George — and so many of their brother bishops who have spoken out so forthrightly in opposition to the intolerable HHS Mandate — Bishop Jenky knows how high the stakes are right now.

Without a doubt, he is a shepherd who knows how to lead his flock, and he is to be heartily commended for his outspoken and courageous witness.

Read the full text of Bishop Jenky’s homily here, and listen to the podcast here.

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10 Responses to “Bishop Jenky Pulls No Punches in Powerful Homily”

  1. Bishop Jenky Pulls No Punches in Powerful Homily | St Anne Center for Reproductive Health says:

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    April 19th, 2012 at 6:07 pm
  2. Jerick says:

    Thank you Bishop Daniel for this homily.

    April 20th, 2012 at 11:40 am
  3. Terry says:

    Hey “J”
    What rights did Christians take away from women? Jesus’ kind and loving behavior towards women was groundbreaking!
    Did you know that the Catholic Church saved Jews during WWII? See
    Where do rights come from? Is there a right to sodomy? Who is taking away whatever “bedroom activity” you may be engaging in with other adult(s)?

    April 20th, 2012 at 2:28 pm
  4. Jackie says:

    I was very happy to hear this Bishop give this Homily. We are anxiously waiting to hear from our Archbishop on this matter or even from our pastor. More then just a bulletin insert.This needs to be said…lets have the courage to stand up and be counted.

    I thank you……

    April 21st, 2012 at 10:36 am
  5. Rita Gaither says:

    The bishop told the truth. The comparison with Hitler and Stalin is valid and is not limited to religion. Read the last executive order. Thank goodness Bishop Jenky said what needed to be said. Don’t back down. Incidentally, I am not a Catholic. No one should be persecuted for telling the truth.

    April 22nd, 2012 at 7:46 pm
  6. J says:

    Terry, you gave me a link to a story, written by a catholic, about a catholic, that has no sources, at all. did you know that a huge number of Christians deny to this day that the holocaust ever even happened??!! do research on a non bias sight. religon has been taken away rights for Centuries!!! it says in the bible that if you rape a woman you pay her father 50 silver and then marry her!! woman couldnt teach men!! they shouldnt be speaking in church or in front of a man! you say that woman don’t even deserve the choice of abortion, you’re taking them away at this very moment!!

    April 23rd, 2012 at 3:34 pm
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  8. Paul Riker says:

    Thank you Bishop Jenky! I have read the Conference of Catholic Bisops ad hoc committee “Statement on Religious Liberty” which put forth the opinion of our Conference of Catholic Bishops. I agreed fully in their statements.
    I have awaited for the Bishop of my diocese (Palm Beach)to reinforce with his own words what had been put forth in the statement. So far it has been silence – What a shame! Bishop Jenky has spoken truthfully and forcefully regarding the truth of God! Like him I am committed to the truth of Jesus Christ (See John 18:37). That makes it clear that there is another side in this battle. That side consists of the lies of the world and our government which has become a purveyer of those lies. Stand protected by the armor of God and proclaim, as did Bishop Jenks, God’s truth.

    April 24th, 2012 at 10:33 am
  9. Kathy from Kansas says:

    No one has a right to abortion because no one — NO ONE — has a RIGHT to kill an innocent human being. Period.

    April 26th, 2012 at 12:53 pm
  10. j says:

    Kathy, they are not children, they are a sperm cell touching the egg to create a zygote, which then may double, you have walked on ants, these things ahve less intelligence than ants. they are not humans, they are cells, abortion will never be illegal, get over it

    April 28th, 2012 at 5:47 pm