Accuracy in Media

Comparing Obama to Hitler is something that the liberal/left used to blame on the Tea Party. However, posters and signs showing Obama with a Hitler moustache were inevitably traced to followers of Lyndon LaRouche. They sometimes tried to portray themselves as conservatives, but in reality LaRouche is a former Marxist who ran for president as a Democrat. They like to cause deliberate political confusion.

Now that an educated Catholic Bishop with knowledge of history and a commitment to religious freedom has made the comparison, however, the national media cannot decide on how to respond.

When I saw the headline, “Bishop Compares Obama Policies to Hitler, Stalin,” over an article on, the conservative website, I thought at first it must be an error or exaggeration. Was a Catholic Bishop actually being this harsh? I have reported on the reaction of the Catholic Church to the Obama Administration’s birth control mandate affecting religious institutions. My local priest called it evil and demonic and has suggested the church will be persecuted and ministers jailed for resisting the federal onslaught. But comparing the President personally to Hitler and Stalin?

The Newsmax headline about the charge concerned a story from The Daily Caller titled it: “Illinois Bishop: Obama ‘intent on following a similar path’ as Hitler, Stalin.”

I went to the and the headline over its story was only slightly different: “Obama taking ‘similar path’ as Hitler and Stalin: Illinois bishop.” The question then became—were these stories somehow exaggerating what the Catholic Bishop said?

The Catholic Post ran the full text of the homily of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky at the Mass during the April 14 “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” in Peoria. The homily is also available on podcast. The headlines did indeed capture the essence of what he said. The Bishop goes by the title “Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., D.D.” CSC stands for the Congregation of the Holy Cross, the order that runs Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. D.D. stands for Doctor of Divinity. He is an educated man. His education includes:

  • College: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Novitiate: Holy Cross Fathers’ Novitiate, Bennington, Vermont.
  • Seminary: Moreau Seminary, Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Theology: Moreau Seminary, Notre Dame, Indiana

Taking aim at Obama, Hollywood and the media, the Bishop said:

“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.

“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 [Health and Human Services], and of the current majority of the federal Senate.” (Applause)

It turns out that the Bishop was just getting warmed up.

He went on:

“Remember that in past history other governments have tried to force Christians to huddle and hide only within the confines of their churches like the first disciples locked up in the Upper Room.

“In the late 19th century, Bismarck waged his ‘Kulturkampf,’ a Culture War, against the Roman Catholic Church, closing down every Catholic school and hospital, convent and monastery in Imperial Germany.

“Clemenceau, nicknamed ‘the priest eater,’ tried the same thing in France in the first decade of the 20th Century.

“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, President Obama—with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.”

“This fall,” said Bishop Jenky, “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.”

Whether you agree or disagree, these were extraordinary comments and certainly worthy of national media attention. But the story remains mostly in the conservative media.

The Daily Caller noted, “Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York—considered the most powerful Roman Catholic cleric in the U.S.—has also had harsh words for the HHS mandate, charging that the administration is attempting to divide the Catholic Church.”

But charging that Obama is acting like Hitler or Stalin goes far beyond Dolan’s observation.

One group already taking note is the Soros-funded Think Progress, which said that Jenky’s homily “appears better suited to an episode of the Glenn Beck Show than to a celebration of religious faith.” According to Ian Millhiser, a Senior Constitutional Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Obama merely “wants all working women to have access to contraception, regardless of whether they work for a religious employer.” In fact, Obama wants to force religious employers to provide birth control pills and abortion drugs in violation of their religious beliefs.

This is a story that just won’t go away. And it has the potential to alert the public, Catholic and non-Catholic, to the grave constitutional crisis we find ourselves in.

The notion of Obama as an “extreme secularist,” if not a dictator wannabe, is widely shared within the Catholic Church. A Priest recently told me that the Catholic Bishops, who usually divide into liberal and conservative factions, are united against Obama in this controversy.

He said Obama is viewed as someone who believes in freedom of worship, not freedom of religion, an important distinction that Jenky was alluding to. In other words, Obama believes Christians should be free to worship within the confines of their church, but that when they exercise their freedom of religion in public life, they must conform to the secular dictates of the federal government. In this context, however, the ability to exercise freedom of religion, as the Constitution means it, becomes essentially meaningless.

It will be interesting to see whether the national media cover these sensational charges in a fair and balanced manner. Or will “the malice of the media,” to use the Bishop’s words, take over?

If Mitt Romney is correct that the media “are inclined” to do Obama’s bidding, then the Bishop can expect to be a major target in the near future.

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  • r hill

    This article needs to hit the mainstream media so that all Americans can read what this Bishop has written about. I also am concerned. But even though we think that Obama is taking us down a very radical road that I am totally against, is he taking pushing America towards communism, nazism or some other form of society that puts big government ahead of the freedoms and rights of the individuals? I hope not, but everything Obama does is against normal logic. Why is he surrounding himself with radicals? Why were his youth and young adult mentors communists or anti-whites? His grand parents were communists. His father and mother and even step father were communists. Has this all rubbed off on Obama? It would sure be nice to see his friends, teachers and mentors as entrepreneurs, inventors, businessmen. But they are not. They are all radicals.

    So what the heck is going on? Could Obama be a super communist or dictator wanna-be? Well, maybe we should have a discussion about this. Why doesn’t the media sit down with Obama and ask him straight out about these questions and see what he says.

    It is time to figure Obama out before the election. I want to know.

  • I totally agree with the Bishop. Anyone with a knowledge of history and care about our country’s future should also agree. Ignore BO’s rhetoric because his actions reveal who and what he really is.

  • DisgustedVoter

    The left can become as shrill as they want but the bishop knows his history.

  • bert thomas

    Make darn sure Chris Matthews MSNBC gets this story about the Bishop also. “HE” needs the message, since “HE “is a Catholic.

  • Jerome from Layton, UT

    I clicked on this article because my Congressman is also named Bishop. That being said, the parallels between Obama to the Hitler and Stalin governments is uncanny. Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals was actually lifted from Mein Kamp and Das Kapital. The repeated lies (it’s Bush’s fault, etc.) are based on the advice of Goebbels and Malinkov (head of AGITPROP under Stalin). People in business are either on Obama’s target list or in bed with him (classic Fascism). And the beat goes on, until November. According to Stalin, it doesn’t matter who votes but who counts the votes. Obama’s henchpersons may be working on both sides of that equation with Holder on one side and ACORN (in their current form) on the other side.

  • Charlie Seng

    Bishop Jenky is but one voice in the Catholic Church, I hope there will be others soon. Yes, there have been scandals in Catholic priests hurting children but I believe the Church has finally gotten this under control. It is about time someone like Father Jenky spoke out against Obama. Thanks to Cliff Kincaid for bringing this to the attention of the American people. I believe Obama failed to take into account the anger of priests like Father Jenky who will not back down. I believe Obama will rue the day he began mistreating the Catholic Church. Politics is something Obama thiinks he knows, but for sure, he didn’t plan on the reaction of the Catholic Church to his pronouncements against the Church. Wouldn’t it be ironic if a single Catholic priest like Father Jenky brings down Obama?

  • Brujo Blanco

    I agree that Obama and crew are going after the Catholics first. The rest of Chrisrianity is next. They have gone after one sacred Catholic belief and that is abortion. If the succeed at forcing the church to give up on one thing they can get them to give up on something else. One thing that the churches have that government is interested in is real estate. Perhaps if the churches do not cooperate on health mandates the government can go for asset seizures. Obama is the most untrustworthy president we have ever had. He is surrounding himself with left wing radicals/Communists and I believe there is a reason for this. He has established that he can violate the constitution and suffer no consequences from congress. Perhaps he is incrementally establishing a base to exercise his power.

  • SeanM

    As a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, I am ashamed of Bishop Jenky’s bombast. This is a perfect example of why more and more American Catholics have turned away from the Church’s hierarchy. Sad day indeed.

  • Equities in Dallas

    The church knows a thing or two about Hitler… remember the Reichskonkordat? “Gott mit uns!”

  • I applaud this courageous bishop of the Catholic Church. I believe that Bishop Jenky and other Catholic Bishops join Sheriff Joe Arpaio in exposing Dictator Barack Hussein Obama as the Criminal of the Century who has committed Crimes of the Century against the U.S.A. Everyone knows that Obama’s birth certificate, selective service card are fraudulent.

  • ‘Sconsin Patriot

    God bless our bishops for taking a stand.
    And Bishop Jenky isn’t the only one.

  • Frances Haase

    The Bishops should NOT litigate this matter. Litigation just gives it undue credibility. The Bishops should just say, “We will not comply. Period. End of Story. And if the govt. wants to fine us, that’s OK. We won’t pay the fines, either”. What would Obama do? Throw a bunch of Bishops into the slammer? I think not.

  • john639

    geez, this website is neither ‘fair’ or ‘balanced’ as it says. These articles are clearly intended to spread right wing propaganda even more radical than Fox News.

    The use of these fear mongering, conspiracy theories based on a Bishop spewing hate filled vile as some sort of prophecy is truly shocking!

    Not one of these articles has presented a neutral or balanced perspective.
    At least be honest to your readers about your hidden agenda to spread more neo-conservative ideology.

  • ritpg77

    Frances Haase: Frances, I assure you that similar words were uttered in Germany in the 1930s.

  • ritpg

    SeanM: Sean, it’s people like you that are the reason I don’t even watch Notre Dame football any more, much less root for them. The Catholic Church has been infiltrated by Socialists. The only question in my mind is, are yoiu one of them or just one of their “useful idiots”?

  • Chazz

    This Bishop shouild crawl under his republican rock and shut his mouth, How dare he say this about our President. The Bishops want to take over the USA and pardon all of the pedephiles.
    This is beyond crazy !!! The Bishops think they are Kings or something, no wonder people are leaving the Catholic Church.
    I would rather pray on my own at home than go to this crazy Bishops parrish.

  • Byo

    This bishop, and so many of the other comments here just shows how utterly devoid of reality the hierarchy of the catholic church and some of their followers are. And where was this bishop when pedophile priests were being shipped from one parish to another? And when the diocese were paying out large sums to cover their misdeeds?
    But no because the Obama admin wants insurance companies to cover birth control pills, this bishop and his cohorts go bat-shit crazy.

  • John M. Conrath

    How true the Bishop is in his observations. Unfortunately the American public doesn’t have the ability to weigh the information given and take a stance on the matter. The prisident has, in may ways, truly shown his desire to have a dictatorship rather than a Democratic Society believing in the constitution and reacting accordingly. Who has the guts to ask for his resignation or have him removed from office? Rather than react to the needs of our country relative to employiing people, or the economy and balancing of the Federal Budget he would rather run a campaign and leave the country to fend for itself and watch the Democrats and Republicans fight over meaningless Bills which the parties will fight each other rather than react to the positiveness or negatives of the Bills. It is personal to our Legislators rather thtan material to the good of our country.

  • ctr

    Obama’s path is simple. Once elected to a second term–assured by his resort to racism, class warfare, and dirty tricks–he will undermine industry and energy production significantlly. He will continue to appear daily on TV, no matter how insignificant the occasion-as he does now–a phenomenom ignored and unreported by the conservative press. Only in Third world dictatorships does the “dear leader” have such a constant presence or daily promotion of his image. In a clever use of the panoply of the Presidency in one of the most unrelenting propaganda campaigns in US history, we are daily “told” on every single TV news station, especially by FOX’s O’Reilly, that this thoroughly detestable and inept man is “likeable.”

    Once into his second term, the next step is a Constitutional amendment removing the term limit for Presidents. Then Obama becomes President for life, we become a Socialist country with most of us so dependent upon government that opposition disappears. There will be no going back.
    If Obama (and those manipulating him) has his way, Christianity will slowly give way to Muslim Sharia law as the US slips into permanent decline. Terrorism will become a part of our daily existence until we have sufficiently succumbed, certainly until the Muslims have their glorious holocaust in Israel.
    While Obama is cluless as a leader, he takes himself seriously and will be a willing figurehead for the socialist, green and communist movements to come.
    A little fanciful, perhaps, but certainly a possible scenario to worry about. After all, didn’t we did elect an affirmative-action President, a man with no qualifying experience whatsoever?

  • im American im never wrong

    Time to find a new religion. Christianity has become too hostile again.

  • Andrew Burns

    Strange that none of the commentators has cited the issue of the near-total muzzling of the popular print and TV news media (Mainstream AND Putative Conservcative) with respect to the matter of Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as President of the United States.

  • Riley

    Does this mean Obama has the Pope’s approval?

  • carolchristine

    Voter fraud took place. Massive voter fraud. Obama was having trouble filling up all the places he was campaigning at. Romney was as shocked as a lot of us were. Acorn is under different names,They did not go away. Dead people voted and precincts had over 100% voting for Obama. The voting machines in different parts of the country were fixed to count Obama instead of Romney. Unless this is addressed soon the 2014 midterm elections will be lost to the corrupt Dems.

  • carolchristine

    Falsehoods? I don’t think so. Take your blinders off. The churches supported Hitler so don’t be so hard on the churches if they do not want to make the same mistake over again.