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ND Faculty vs. Bishop Jenky

Yes, that Bishop Jenky...NCR reports:

Almost 50 University of Notre Dame faculty members have urged Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Ill., to "renounce loudly and publicly" his recent comparison of President Barack Obama with Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.If he does not do so, they said, Notre Dame should seek the bishop's immediate resignation from the university's Board of Fellows.


The Notre Dame professors said Jenky's comparison of the HHS regulation to the attacks on the church by Bismarck, Clemenceau, Stalin and Hitler was "profoundly offensive.""Bishop Jenky's comments demonstrate ignorance of history, insensitivity to victims of genocide, and absence of judgment," they wrote in the letter. "We accept that Bishop Jenky's comments are protected by the First Amendment, but we find it profoundly offensive that a member of our beloved university's highest authority, the Board of Fellows, should compare the president's actions with those whose genocidal policies murdered tens of millions of people, including the specific targeting of Catholics, Jews, and other minorities for their faith."The faculty members' letter, addressed to Notre Dame's president, Holy Cross Fr. John Jenkins and board president Richard Notebaert and released Friday, called for a university statement "that will definitively distance Notre Dame from Bishop Jenky's incendiary statement.""Further, we feel that it would be in the best interest of Notre Dame if Bishop Jenky resigned from the University's Board of Fellows if he is unwilling to renounce loudly and publicly this destructive analogy," the letter states.

Read the letter here.


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I like it, but it's far broader than my topic....I could do "Jamestown to James Madison: America's Struggle for 'Religious Liberty'"What think you?

"If you cant even listen to people like Barbara Marx Hubbard how on Gods green earth do you plan to evangelize to the increasing number of people who see spirituality as she does (from what I can tell) as a force that radiates outward from the individual? Your whole vocabulary is going to sound like a foreign language. It already does to an awful lot of people."Barbara --Unfortunately, you are 100% right. Poor Benedict. He strikes me as extremely well-intentioned, but he doesn't realize how dreadfully narrow his perception of the world really is. He saw his "Year of the Priest" fizzle, yet now he hopes for some success with his "New Evangelization"? It's hardly likely. Sad all around.Maybe his Courts of the Gentiles will open up his mind a bit. And maybe not :-(P. S. I'll pray you discover a mystic who speaks to you :-)

Why does the professors' letter not mention Bismarck and Clemenceau?

And what about the barbarians? Jenky also insulted our ancestors by comparing Obama to them. Agree that the professors should have mentioned Bismarck. (The Kulterkampf, after all, had an impact on the Catholic Church in this country. Many nuns, fleeing Prussia, came to America and joined houses of their orders here. Those who didn't go down with the Deutschland. )The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran a front-page story Sunday about how those who heard Jenky's Easter rant were delighted with it and with him. Letters to the Editor today include one from a woman who compares Obama to Henry VIII.

Dear Editor,Through good fortune I came across a recent homily by the Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, Bishop of Peoria . In it Bishop Jenky reminded me of the miracle of Christianity and how it's fabric is now under attack by Barack Hussein Obama II and his radical appointees. Obama's assault on Christian places of warship, healing and learning are unconscionable. But the truth is that this same president has also placed the homeland of the Jewish people in a desperate situation. It matters not what Obama's motivation is. Regardless of whether his actions are from ignorance, arrogance or part of a sinister agenda, we can't afford 4 more years of this. If America is going to survive economically, or culturally, we must vote with our God given Constitutional rights in mind. We must vote for someone whose parents loved this country.Too many people have died protecting our inalienably , God given rights to let Obama or anyone else ignore them. Despite Obama's statements to the contrary, America is a Judeo-Christian society.

"ND Faculty vs. Bishop Jenky" should read "3.8% of ND Faculty vs. Biship Jenky" and, indeed, Bishop Jenky should be hailed for his bravery in speaking out. Yes, the well-publicized April 22 letter was signed by about 50 ND faculty, which is about 1,250 short of all the faculty. 50/1,300 comes to about 3.8% so we're talking a "roaring mouse" here. ND's faculty has been watered down now to only 50 percent Catholic, and it shows - the Obama love affair just won't stop in South Bend.So, is that abortion-loving, partial-birth abortion-loving Barack Hussein Obama (who's now admitted the girlfriends in his autobiography were all made up) anything like Hitler and Stalin as the Bishop fears might be the case? You bet. Abortion is America's holocaust. 3,000 times per day live, preborn babies are put to death in America's abortuaries for the sake of modernity and convenience. ND would do well to pack its Board of Trustees with men of honor and courage of the likes of Bishop Jenky. He's true to his word and true to the Church.

If anyone is still following this thread here is my op-ed piece that appeared yesterday. It starts "Many have claimed that Bishop Daniel Jenky's words were taken out of context when he described President Obama as "seem[ing] intent on following a similar path" to Hitler and Stalin. I have read his entire homily, and I find his words even more disturbing after doing so."