The battle for the survival of the Catholic Church in America is heating up, and the faculty at the formerly Catholic University of Notre Dame has lined up on the side of those who would keep Roman Catholic Bishops from teaching Church doctrine.
On April 14, Daniel Jenky, the Catholic Bishop of Peoria Illinois, delivered a homily that has stirred the resentment of Americans for Separation of Church and State, (ASCS) a rabidly leftist group who would extinguish 1st Amendment freedom of speech rights for Catholic priests.
Not content to merely complain about Bishop Jenky’s comparison of Barack Obama to Hitler and Stalin, ASCS has asked the Internal Revenue Service to take away the Diocese Peoria’s tax exempt status.
Speaking in his own church, Bishop Jenky said, “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…. 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.”
That such blunt truths would infuriate those in the ASCS is a given because by definition, the American Left hates our Constitution for the individual freedoms it provides. Nevertheless, what happened next underscores the very sad state of affairs at the once Catholic University of Notre Dame.
A group of fifty five faculty members have signed a letter asking the school’s president, Father John Jenkins (who gave Obama an honorary Law degree and had peaceful protestors including priests arrested), to remove Bishop Jenky from the University’s Board of Fellows. Moreover, the letter (which referred Bishop Jenky as “Jenky”) requests a public apology from the Bishop as the only way he could remain as a university Board of Fellows member.
Lining up with Americans for Separation of Church and State against a Catholic Bishop is a new low, even for Notre Dame. One can only hope this once great school can one day cleanse itself of the stink of Barack Obama it so willingly wallows in.