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Notre Dame Holy Cross priest defends a brother

Rev. Wilson Miscamble CSC speaks up for Bishop Daniel Jenky CSC of Peoria in re Jenky’s vigorous, pointed analysis of Obama’s attacks on Catholic ministry:

His homily was a courageous homily which pointed to a pattern of behavior of a number of regimes to limit religious freedom and to attack religious institutions.

He was echoing rebuttal by ND law prof emeritus Charles E. Rice of letter by 49 Notre Dame faculty members who condemned Jenky’s sermon and called for his resignation from the Notre Dame board.

Bishop Jenky properly drew attention to the impending dangers to religious and personal freedom. The Obama regime . . . is substituting for the free economy and limited government a centralized command system of potentially unlimited jurisdiction and power. . . . The HHS Health Care Mandate imperils not only the mission of the Catholic Church but also the right of conscience itself.

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The Bishop Jenky sermon

The Bishop Jenky sermon/call to arms is video’d and verbalized here, as poached by Orate Fratres from a leftist site that wants to capitalize on it as episcopal politicizing, nasty talk, etc.

A key quote is featured:

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.”

The call to political arms is clear enough, and not new, in view of the importance stated by many bishops of the abortion issue:

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 instrinsic evil of killing innocent human life in the womb. 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.

Note the abortion emphasis. The HHS mandate (Thou shalt do this, under pain of . . . ) also calls for insurance coverage of morning-after pills, of course; but this is little noted and rarely remembered in reportage of the mandate.

Likewise underplayed or omitted is the religious freedom issue. First they came for the Socialists, etc.? — the Hitler-era sequence meant to alert others to their danger from arbitrary imposition of laws and regulations? Let’s see . . . A war on circumcision, the anti-mohel mandate?

Nah. It can’t happen here.

Are you sure?

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