“We have no king but Caesar.”

Bishop Jenky of Peoria has an excellent letter that will be read at all the Masses this weekend in his diocese. It’s too good to just cite one part so here it is in toto:

Dear Catholic Believers,

Since the foundation of the American Republic and the adoption of the Bill of Rights, I do not think there has ever been a time more threatening to our religious liberty than the present. Neither the president of the United States nor the current majority of the Federal Senate have been willing to even consider the Catholic community’s grave objections to those HHS mandates that would require all Catholic institutions, exempting only our church buildings, to fund abortion, sterilization, and artificial contraception. This assault upon our religious freedom is simply without precedent in the American political and legal system. Contrary to the guarantees embedded in the First Amendment, the HHS mandates attempt to now narrowly define and thereby drastically limit our traditional religious works. They grossly and intentionally intrude upon the deeply held moral convictions that have always guided our Catholic schools, hospitals, and other apostolic ministries.

Nearly two thousand years ago, after our Savior had been bound, beaten, scourged, mocked, and crowned with thorns, a pagan Roman Procurator displayed Jesus to a hostile crowd by sarcastically declaring: “Behold your King.” The mob roared back: “We have no king but Caesar.” 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. They are objectively guilty of grave sin. For those who hope for salvation, no political loyalty can ever take precedence over loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ and to his Gospel of Life. God is not mocked, and as the Bible clearly teaches, after this passing instant of life on earth, God’s great mercy in time will give way to God’s perfect judgment in eternity.

I therefore call upon every practicing Catholic in this Diocese to vote. Be faithful to Christ and to your Catholic Faith. May God guide and protect His Holy Church, and may God bless America.

Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, CSC
Catholic Bishop of Peoria

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14 thoughts on ““We have no king but Caesar.”

  1. Christ is King says:

    The dear Bishop is neither a good leader or one who understands either his Church or his Country.
    Just because he was appointed to be a Bishop does not take away the fact that he is a crazed lunatic. His brother Bishops wish that he would just shut up, as do the faithful in his diocese. This is not a man to follow, nor to read – unless you want to be the kind of “Catholic” that he is – paranoid, insultive, and narcistic. Jesus was not the model that the Bishop is following here.

    1. Randall says:

      This Bishop is doing God’s work on earth. If you are against the bishop you are against God. And I think we all know what that means when you have shuffled off this mortal coil. Fire and brimstone.

      1. Fired Brimstone says:

        LOL Randall.
        You aparrantly are unaware of the Saints and how they challenged popes and bishops.
        You see Catholics do not hold Bishops as wizards who know more than most. The Teaching authority of the Bishop is responsibility for them and for us. Worshiping the Bishops with blindness in Not Catholic.
        BTW – just what is a mortal coil. I had a mechanic once who said my old Ford needed that replaced.
        I do enjoy a nice fire from time to time. While I find them romantic, I wll turn down your request. I am not sure that we would find capatibility in a relationship. You can keep the brimstone. I am more a marble kind of guy.

        1. Mark Hartman says:

          So you’re equating yourself and other pro-abortionists with saints?

          I’d argue this further with you, but it’s impossible for me to have a battle of wits with the unarmed.

          1. Joe M says:

            Hah. +1000

  2. Randall says:

    God Bless Bishop Jenky. He has the courage to stand up and speak truth to power.

  3. Not a Theocracy says:

    It’s a good thing we live where we don’t have a king or a caesar and we can democratically choose a representative president and other government officials. I’ll be voting to re-elect President Obama!

    1. Randall says:

      And you will surely burn in hell for doing so.

      1. Happy and Gay says:

        On July 28, 1999, Pope John Paul II rejected the reality of a physical, literal
        hell as a place of eternal fire and torment. Rather, the pope said hell is
        separation, even in this life, from the joyful communion with God. You don’t ever sound the least bit joyful, Randall. What’s up with that?

        1. abadilla says:

          Now we have trolls quoting Blessed John Paul II? Amazing. I supposed even Satan can quote a Pope!

          1. Wind Energy says:

            I think you proved that a long time back.
            You also prove that you can make a meaningless comment in any unneeded situation.

          2. abadilla says:

            If my comment is so meaningless, why do you respond to it?

      2. abadilla says:

        What kind of a twisted mind do you have? So Randall follows the teaching of one of the Successors to the Apostles and you think he is going to hell for it? Now, how sick are you?

        1. Hell Fire says:

          No Randall’s hell is not not following Jesus.
          The S of A’s really don’t have that great a following on CV.

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