PUBLISHED: 09:14 EST, 2 November 2012 | UPDATED: 09:14 EST, 2 November 2012
A Chicago bishop who has previously compared President Barack Obama to Hitler and Stalin has ordered his priests to read a letter at weekend mass explaining that politicians who support abortion also reject Jesus.
With just days until the presidential election, Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky’s letter warns that the President will not reconsider the mandate that would require employers, including religious groups, to provide free birth control coverage in their health care plans.
‘This assault upon our religious freedom is simply without precedent in the American political and legal system,’ Jenky wrote in the letter circulated to clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, The Chicago Tribune reported.
Bishop Daniel Jenky (pictured left) is reaching out to religious groups before the election, while President Obama (right) was speaking at a grassroots rally at the Cheyenne Sports Complex in Las Vegas yesterday
‘Today, Catholic politicians, bureaucrats, and their electoral supporters who callously enable the destruction of innocent human life in the womb also thereby reject Jesus as their Lord,’ Jenky added.
‘They are objectively guilty of grave sin.’
Earlier this year, Jenky provoked outrage by comparing the President’s health care policies to the oppressive actions of ruthless dictators Hitler and Stalin.
‘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,’ he said.
That sermon was met with fierce criticism and demands for an apology.
But Diocese Chancellor Patricia Gibson rejected the outrage, explaining that Jenky ‘offered historical context and comparisons as a means to prevent a repetition of historical attacks upon the Catholic Church and other religions.’
Jenky is just the latest Illinois Catholic leader to offer ‘guidance’ to Catholic voters as the election nears.
Last month, Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki wrote in the Springfield Diocese newspaper that he wanted to point out ‘the intrinsic evils’ that the Democratic Party Platform supports.
‘I am not telling you which party or which candidates to vote for or against,’ said Paprocki.
‘But I am saying that you need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy.’
Another church leader accused the president of showing more support for religious freedom in Muslim countries than for Catholic liberty in the U.S.
‘Meanwhile, Obamacare marches on, steamrolling Catholic morality and the First Amendment under its weight. How can that be tolerated by citizens?’ wrote Vicar General Eric Barr of the Rockford Diocese.
History: Bishop Daniel Jenky was offering ‘historical context and comparisons’ aimed at preventing attack on the church when drawing links to Adolf Hitler, left, and Joseph Stalin, right, according to church officials