Illinois Bishops Are Not That Smart

With all due respect, people, the quality of bishops we get here in Illinois does not seem to be extremely high. See the following excerpt from a talk by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of the Catholic diocese of Peoria, Illinois:

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, President Obama – with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.

Stalin punished abortion by shooting both the doctors who performed them and women who chose to have them. This means that being “pro-abortion” does not make you similar to Stalin. Just the opposite.

As for churches, Stalin had a very close relationship with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. Every priest worked for the KGB revealing what parishioners said in confessions. Churches routinely held services in honor of “our God-given leader Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin.”

I also want to add that you’ve got to be a pretty shameless, horrible human being to compare ANY American politician of today with Hitler or Stalin. I mean, I dislike George W. Bush and Sarah Palin. But it would not occur to me to compare them to vicious dictators who burned people in gas chambers, imprisoned small children for the sins of their fathers, and annihilated tens of millions of their own compatriots. It’s OK to disagree with Obama and dislike him. But can we do that without raising the specter of Stalin and Hitler? There are still people around who have survived the GULAG and the Holocaust. There are folks who survived both. Seriously, Obama’s healthcare plan, as flawed as it might be (and I think it’s very flawed) does not rise to the level of Buchenwald.

6 thoughts on “Illinois Bishops Are Not That Smart”

  1. Enough already with the Reductio ad Hitlerum et Stalinum! Do people not realize not only how stupid and worthless it makes their opinion sound, but how insulting it is to the survivors of their cruelty?

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  2. All ambitious RC bishops seem to express a wish for “the good old days” when the Church had formal secular power and dealt primarily with monarchs. Democracy is foreign to their thoughts, apparently. The path to advancement in the RC hierarchy requires some outrageous or stupid public statements – the past RC archbishop of St. Louis made a name for himself in some small diocese in Wisconsin by declaring that the Harry Potter books were a major spiritual danger to children. They are grandstanding for the attention of the Pope and cardinals.

    I remember when bishops occasionally made sense.

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  3. Bah. The quality of bishops we get over here, is not, sadly, really discernably much better. We had one in the news last week banging on about how Christians are persecuted by secularists and how he was going to complain to the ECHR about it.
    Mind bogglingly stupid – the examples of ‘persecution’ he cited were all employment cases, where said christians were not allowed to impose their views upon colleages/members of public, evade the conditions of their employment or misrepresent their employer as having the same religious views as the employee had.
    And yes, he used the term ‘persecuted’. Which is not qute a Godwin, but is pretty close.

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