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Catholic Bishop Compares Obama to Hitler and Stalin; Faithful America Demands Apology

April 19, 2012, 3:38 pm | Posted by Nick Sementelli

The Catholic Bishops have been trying to emphasize that their coordinated religious freedom campaign this year is born out of specific policy concerns and not partisan opposition to the current administration.

But that message is undercut when individual bishops go off the script like Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria, Illinois did this week when he used his homily at a Catholic men’s event to launch a vicious tirade against politicians who disagree with the bishops’ policy positions. Jenky specifically singled out President Obama, directly comparing him to Hitler and Stalin.

Bishop Jenky has already come under criticism from the Anti-Defamation League for this offensive analogy. Now Faithful America members are joining in, launching a petition demanding an apology from Bishop Jenky and a commitment not to use such language in the future. The petition reads:

There’s no excuse for comparing the President of the United States to Hitler and Stalin. Please offer an immediate apology for your offensive remarks and refrain from using such hateful rhetoric in the future.

While diocese spokespeople have entered damage-control mode attempting to “clarify” the Bishop’s comments, neither they nor Bishop Jenky have actually retracted or apologized for the remarks.

CORRECTION: The homily in question was at a Catholic men’s conference on Saturday, April 14, not in his Sunday homily as originally reported.

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