17 April 2012

Shots fired! Shots fired! (from the pulpit)

Buckle your seatbelts, brothers and sisters. . .I give you, Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, IL. . .speaking God's truth to the powers of this world:

[. . .]

You know, it has never been easy to be a Christian and it’s not supposed to be easy! The world, the flesh, and the devil will always love their own, and will always hate us. As Jesus once predicted, they hated me, they will certainly hate you.  [Hey, nobody ever promised you a rose garden. . .a Gethsemane Garden, yes.]

But our Faith, when it is fully lived, is a fighting faith and a fearless faith. Grounded in the power of the resurrection, there is nothing in this world, and nothing in hell, that can ultimately defeat God’s one, true, holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.  [Preach it, Bishop!]

For 2,000 years the enemies of Christ have certainly tried their best. But think about it. The Church survived and even flourished during centuries of terrible persecution, during the days of the Roman Empire. [And we have not only survived the imperial Romans but have taken over their capital city as well!]

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 she will survive whatever idiocy the DemoRepubiTeaPartyBlackPanthers foists on the nation in the coming years]

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. [And the self-loathing, suicidal screechers on the Catholic Left. . .and the self-righteous, triumphalists on the Catholic Right. . .and the parochial embezzlers and the pervert clergy and the hippie-dippy bishops and . . .]

[. . .]

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. [B.O.O.M.!!!]

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. The days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction. 

[. . .]

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.

Read the whole thing. . .wow, just wow.
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  1. Bishop Jenky should quit hiding how he really feels! :) This is good to see. Let's pray it yields much fruit.

  2. Anonymous10:24 PM

    One of the best homilies I have read- EVER!

  3. As a native Illinois (now a Texan), I am proud of Bishop Jenky! we need more brave and HONEST leaders like him.
    God Bless us all!

  4. Anonymous4:30 AM

    You used all the good comments already.
    Love it!


  5. Anonymous4:40 AM

    P.S. I read the whole homily.
    Absolutely awesome!