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Prayers answered? Bishop Jenky talks like a bishop should. April 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, persecution, Tradition, Virtue.

At least, to my mind, he sure does.  I’m going to rip off pretty much all the Catholic Culture article, because it’s so good.  I will add some emphasis and comments:

Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria told the 500 men who attended the diocese’s annual men’s march and Mass that “the days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism.”

We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead [must] 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,” he preached. “We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for our salvation.” [Hoorah!]

Noting that “the world, the flesh, and the devil will always love their own, and will always hate us,” [we really need to understand this, and accept it]  Bishop Jenky preached:

The Church survived and even flourished during centuries of terrible persecution, during the days of the Roman Empire. [This makes perfects sense.  The Church did indeed survive terrible persecutions, and even flourished, because the great graces souls merited during these tribulations benefited the entire Church.  The same can be true today] 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. [And may God also raise up more bishops to boldly proclaim the Truth and hold the politicians in their regions accountable with real disciplinary measures, done in love!  I would suggest that Bishop Jenky could earn great praise and Grace by imposing discipline on those Illinois state legislators who helped make homosexual simulation of marriage recognized as “marriage” in that state, or on pro-aborts, or whatever persistence in public sin]

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,” he continued.

After referring to Otto von Bismarck’s Kulturkampf and the persecution of the Church in France in the early twentieth century, Bishop Jenky said that “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.” [That is true, but I do wish the bishops would stop focusing on the protestant-inspired concept of ‘religious liberty,’ and speak more of the rights of the Church, unique rights due to the Church’s unique status.  We are not a separated sect, we are not, in spite of recent confusion in the Church to the contrary, equal to the many, many protestant sects.  The Church is the unique Body instituted by Christ on earth for the preservation of Truth, the dissemination of Truth, and the conduct of the Sacraments and other Offices necessary for the salvation of souls.  As such, the Church had historically demanded and received special consideration from many nation states due to its unique role, including various rights and privileges.  But the Americanist concept of religious liberty, which includes the right to be disastrously wrong, has now been permeated throughout the world and even far within the Church].   

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,” he continued, adding:

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 intrinsic evil of killing innocent human life in the womb. [Aye, here is the rub.  The concept of “conscience” has been horribly confused since VII, when popular concepts of freedom and liberty were adopted by many in the Church, leading to much heresy and so-called “dissent.”  Catholics have a solemn obligation to form their conscience according to the Doctrine of the Faith.  If they fail to do so, if they find themselves unable to accept (and vote for) what the Church proclaims as good and true, then they are in a very bad state, morally.  You cannot trade prudential issues, like which is the best way to help the poor, for Dogmas like the sanctity of life]

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.

Bishop Jenky concluded:

The Risen Christ is our Eternal Lord; the Head of his Body, the Church; our High Priest; our Teacher; our Captain in the well-fought fight. We have nothing to fear, but we have a world to win for him. We have nothing to fear, for we have an eternal destiny in heaven. We have nothing to fear, though the earth may quake, kingdoms may rise and fall, demons may rage, but St. Michael the Archangel, and all the hosts of heaven, fight on our behalf. No matter what happens in this passing moment, at the end of time and history, our God is God and Jesus is Lord, forever and ever.

Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat! Christ wins! Christ reigns! Christ commands!

A truly beautiful and inspiring speech.  It is sadly a rare thing to hear from a bishop such dramatic, inspiring words, so closely united to our great Tradition.  But words are one thing.  Actions are entirely different.  I pray Bishop Jenky, and all of our bishops, now so incensed that the government they have been so friendly with has finally crossed a line many of us felt crossed years ago, will find the moral wherewithal and the love for their fellow man to follow words with actions, and impose the disciplines Christ has given to His Church for the hopeful healing of wayward souls.  The hour is late, we are just about out of time.  Lord, please bless all our bishops with heroic virtue and make them the great Saints of today, so that Catholics generations hence will pray for their intercession as they pray for St. Peter Damian, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony Marie Claret, St. John Chrysostom, and so many others.

I pray this may be Your Will, Lord, and I pray Your Will may always be done in Your Church.  Not for my benefit, but for Your glory and the salvation of souls.  Amen.


1. St. Anne Center for Reproductive Health - April 17, 2012

Reblogged this on St Anne Center for Reproductive Health and commented:
This is another Authentic Catholic blogger expanding somewhat on what I posted earlier today. God Bless Bishop Jenky

2. drjtf - April 18, 2012

Talks like a bishop should? Give me a break. Comparing the President of the United States to Hitler and Stalin is seditious and this prelate of a foreign power should be arrested!

3. tantamergo - April 18, 2012

I’m glad we could have our local klansman join us.

4. paternoster - April 19, 2012

I vote Jenky for Pope — this is amazing…. truly a St. Peter in our midst. Bold. God Bless you Bishop Jenky!

5. Fairtheeme - April 19, 2012

You want to get involved in politics, then start paying taxes like everyone else.

tantamergo - April 19, 2012

I really like that idea. I think it’s brilliant. I’ll also expect all Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes, to stay out of politics, including voting. Since the vast majority of that demographic votes for the democrats, I heartily endorse this recommendation. You just endorsed the idea of a poll tax – good job.

6. sagcat - April 19, 2012

You’re supporting his message, complete with “devil” talk like you’d find from a fundamentalist televangelist, because he concludes by ordering his flock to vote for your preferred political party. If he had ordered people to vote for Democrats because of the numerous ways in which Republican values differ from the Church, you’d be outraged at his silly, circle the wagons mentality.

tantamergo - April 19, 2012

Not correct, I’m neither Repubnikan or democrat, in spite of the fact I have little choice but voting for R’s because of the unholy alliance between democrats and abortion. I put the dictates of the Faith, first, or try my best to. The democrat party is becoming increasingly hostile to Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular, which is why I noted in another post the error of the progressive apparatchiks in the USCCB reflexively adhering to socialistic policy preferences. Socialism was condemned by the Church long ago, as was runaway capitalism, which we haven’t had in this country in a very long time. Socialism, however, we’re getting more and more of – and which party advances that?

tantamergo - April 19, 2012

Saying a bit more, there is one party pushing an agenda that is almost across the antithetical to what the Church believes. From abortion, to violating the rights of the Church on contraception, to the radical destruction/redefinition of marriage, to pushing more and more secularism and attempting to drive Christianity from the public square (but not islam, cuz they’re too scary for dems to fight, and also play to the silly multi-culti fantasies), it’s an all out assault, never seen before in this country. It is becoming something what was seen in the Kulturkampf of Germany in the 1870s. The Republicans have many problems, too, but they don’t pose the existential threat to the Faith and civil society of the “progressives.”

7. C Quinn - April 20, 2012

God Bless you, Bishop for your courage ,and conviction. Truer words could not be spoken. Shame to any lukewarm pundits, and “Sunday Catholics” that may be offended by your powerful Divine inspired and delivered message.

8. Inevitable – complaint filed against Bishop Jenky for defense of Faith « A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics - April 20, 2012

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