Peoria, IL – A prominent Catholic Bishop is under fire today for a speech he gave at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, Illinois. In his speech he suggested that President Barack Obama is on “a similar path” as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
According to Right Wing Watch, Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, made comparisons between Obama’s “radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda” and those of some of the worst mass murders of the 20th century. He said Obama’s policies violate the First Amendment and prove the president’s “intent on following a similar path” as Hitler and Stalin he said in a Saturday address.
Jenky went on to say that Roman Catholics are in a war with the secularists and Obama over contraception, abortion and other policies.
Jenky said in his message,
“May God have mercy especially 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.”
In order to clarify what Jenky said, Patricia Gibson, Peoria Diocese chancellor told the Chicago Tribune,
“Based upon the current government’s threatened infringement upon the Church’s religious exercise of its ministry, Bishop Jenky offered historical context and comparisons as a means to prevent a repetition of historical attacks upon the Catholic Church and other religions,”
The Anti-Defamation League, meanwhile, is demanding an apology from Jenky for remarks its regional director Lonnie Nasatir deemed not only “outrageous, offensive and completely over the top,” but also historically inaccurate, the Tribune reports.
Listen to Bishop Jenky call Obama Stalin and Hitler