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They just can't help themselves. This time, it's the Roman Catholic Bishop in Peoria, Ill. who compares President Obama to Hitler and Stalin.

According to a story in today's Chicago Tribune:

The Anti-Defamation League is blasting a Sunday homily by Peoria’s Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky that compared President Barack Obama's policies to Hitler and Stalin. Jenky took aim at the health care policies proposed by the Obama administration, which have been a source of consternation for Catholic bishops since they were announced earlier this year.
Lonnie Nasitar of the Anti-Defamation League of Chicago is not amused.
“Clearly, Bishop Jenky needs a history lesson,” Nasatir said. “There are few, if any, parallels in history to the religious intolerance and anti-Semitism fostered in society by Stalin, and especially Hitler, who under his regime perpetuated the open persecution and ultimate genocide of Jews, Catholics and many other minorities.”
Spokesperson for the Peoria diocese could not be reached for comment, according to the article.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Tax the rich! That's where the money is.

    by jackmac on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 07:46:18 AM PDT

  •  Oops, that's Lonnie Nasatir... (3+ / 0-)

    ... of the Anti-Defamation League. Sorry for the botched last name.

    Tax the rich! That's where the money is.

    by jackmac on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 07:48:15 AM PDT

  •  See Hunter's front page post (5+ / 0-)

    a couple of days ago about this.  Hard to beat his cathartic rant.

    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

    by marleycat on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 07:51:40 AM PDT

    •  This rant? (3+ / 0-)
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      OK, what the hell? Let me get this straight. Barack Obama is like Hitler, and Barack Obama is like Stalin, because you're being oppressed with some pissant rule about how no, if you're an employer you're not allowed to demand all your non-religious employees comport their healthcare choices with your personal religious bigotries? That's the big fight? Oh my goodness, Barack Obama is so pro-abortion! Oh, he's radical, he's an extreme secularist! Somewhere some woman is getting health insurance that covers birth control pills, and that's just like the Holocaust!.

      You know what? Screw you, guy. If having some insurance company somewhere pay for some protestant woman's birth control even though she works as a secretary in an office affiliated with a Catholic-run hospital or school is such an affront to you that it's on the order of Hitler, you can just sod off right-the-hell-now, thank you very much. That's nowhere near the realm of "I have to treat you seriously" discourse. That's just announcing to the world that you're a big, self-important, delusional jackass.

      Mr. Romney, if you move to the White House will you add on a car elevator?

      by Red Bean on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 08:02:42 AM PDT

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      •  wonder who will be the brave soul to tell the (2+ / 0-)
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        RCC that they have crossed the line and are now a political lobbiest group?  After all these folks used to excommunicate entire countries for the leaders' transgressions in the eyes of the Church.  We won't mention their control of the marshmallow concession at all the auto de fe's

    •  Missed Hunter's post ... (2+ / 0-)
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      .. but I'll catch up with it. I just saw this in the Tribune this morning and it appears that they are catching up, too.

      Tax the rich! That's where the money is.

      by jackmac on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 08:09:13 AM PDT

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  •  promoting ideologues (1+ / 0-)
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    always leads to sheer stupidity at the top.  Yes men are not known to think at all.

  •  meantime the RCC's role in WWII remains foggy (5+ / 0-)
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    though most recent history is the story of their bravely facing down the Nazis and saving thousands of Jews.  This shows the Church still controls the narrative, much as the French, after the war, were all Maquis and not a single Vichy to be seen.  What they have not explained is why such a dedicated anti-Nazi organization would then participate in the "Rat Line" getting Nazis to safety  

    •  said bishop seems to suggest (2+ / 0-)
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      that its role was this:

      Hitler would "barely tolerate" the RCC because it did not challenge his "education, social services, and health care" policies.

      Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

      by textus on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 10:52:11 AM PDT

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    •  The Roman church's "special" relationship with the (2+ / 0-)
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      fascist states in 20th Century Germany, Italy, and Spain deserves to be evoked each time their chosen spokesmodels go on one of these threadbare Obama-Hitler tirades, too.

      This right-wing re-writing of history must end.

      •  there were plenty of Quislings and collaborators (2+ / 0-)
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        It seems to me that secular or Protestant countries did a much better job of protecting their Jews than those that are Catholic.  This is a shoot from the lip speculation but the Low Countries were the ones who made the most spectacular resistance to the Nazis, followed by the Scandinavian countries  

        •  I think loyalties and affiliations were very messy (2+ / 0-)
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          during that time. Scandinavian volunteers were among the last troops to defend Berlin against the Soviets. The Irish had diplomatic relations with the Nazis throughout the war. Some Catholic priests were very brave in defending Jews and other victims.

          But the overall institutional affinity between Rome and the Fascist dictatorships cannot be denied. Hitler and the rest were anti-communists and the soviets had actually taken measures against the power (and wealth/property) of religion. That was enough for the pope and his crew: the Nazis were their fair-haired boys. STS.

          I understand why Rome might want to "forget" those times, but believe that they should not be permitted to do so without contest.

  •  This is what puzzles me: (3+ / 0-)
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    Spokesperson for the Peoria diocese could not be reached for comment
    If the Peoria Diocese has a spokesman, how does he become "unreachable" to the Chicago Tribune?   Must have gone into hiding, like Anne Frank, huh.

    Romney is campaigning to be President SuperBain; his cure is to cut wages, end pensions, let companies go bankrupt, and let the assets of production go dark or be sold to China. He really thinks thats the best of all possible Americas.

    by Inland on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 08:14:29 AM PDT

  •  I thought you might be talking about ... (3+ / 0-)
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    the Catholic hierarchy's just-declared war on American nuns.  The bishops seem to be excessively busy making the Catholic Church an official organ of the Republican Party.

    Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

    by leevank on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 08:22:25 AM PDT

  •  We all know how far the RCC and other Bishops (4+ / 0-)
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    distanced themselves from Nazis and Nazi-types.

  •  University of Notre Dame (1+ / 0-)
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    Since he is on the board of trustees perhaps the university also believes Obama = Hitler?

  •  The antidote to the bishops is Jason Berry (3+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon, Rashaverak, prfb

    Read Jason Berry's book, Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church , which just this month was named best book on an investigative topic by (Investigative Reporters and Editors).

    IRE judges wrote:

    “Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church,” Jason Berry

    Judges’ comments: Author Jason Berry delves deeply into a topic few have examined – the secretive finances of the Roman Catholic Church. Using voluminous background research that takes the reader back centuries, Berry uncovers abuses of the trust of church members by influential bishops who diverted funds intended for
    philanthropic purposes into accounts used for plugging Vatican operating deficits or defending priests accused of pedophilia. Berry details how the modern church is systematically closing churches in poorer parishes while at the same time opening churches in affluent suburbs where the weekly “take” is greater. The author makes extensive use of public documents, leaked parish records, trial transcripts, interviews and a wide range of published reporting to paint a complete picture of a heretofore secret network of church financial dealings. For shining a bright light on the shenanigans and inner workings of the Catholic Church, IRE honors Jason Berry and “Render Unto Rome”.

    Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church [Hardcover]
    Jason Berry (Author)

    Publication Date: June 7, 2011

    The Sunday collection in every Catholic church throughout the world is as familiar a part of the Mass as the homily and even Communion. There is no doubt that historically the Catholic Church has been one of the great engines of charity in history. But once a dollar is dropped in that basket, where does it go? How are weekly cash contributions that can amount to tens of thousands of dollars accounted for? Where does the money go when a diocese sells a church property for tens of millions of dollars? And what happens when hundreds of millions of dollars are turned over to officials at the highest ranks, no questions asked, for their discretionary use? The Roman Catholic Church is the largest organization in the world. The Vatican has never revealed its net worth, but the value of its works of art, great churches, property in Rome, and stocks held through its bank easily run into the tens of billions. Yet the Holy See as a sovereign state covers a mere 108 acres and has a small annual budget of about $280 million.

    No major book has examined the church’s financial underpinnings and practices with such journalistic force. Today the church bears scrutiny by virtue of the vast amounts of money (nearly $2 billion in the United States alone) paid out to victims of clergy abuse. Amid mounting diocesan bankruptcies, bishops have been selling off whole pieces of the infrastructure—churches, schools, commercial properties—while the nephew of one of the Vatican’s most powerful cardinals engaged in a lucrative scheme to profiteer off the enormous downsizing of American church wealth.

    "Money dominates the third of Jason Berry’s important books about the Catholic Church. Render Unto Rome probes deeply into the culture of the church. To painful questions about money and sex, Berry finds, the response of the church is always the same – secrecy and silence." --Thomas Powers

    "The Catholic Church wants us to believe that it can reform itself from within. This book shows that it simply can’t. If you are an entrenched member of the hierarchy, you are not going to like this book. If you are a Catholic who believes that truth will lead to change – and that the Vatican needs to change, and change fast – Render unto Rome is your catechism." --James Carville

    "A captivating read, Render to Rome is an astounding revelation of the church's financial system, and required reading for those who donate to the church or are interested in the ongoing effort to restore the credibility of the church and its hierarchy." --Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

    "Once again Jason Berry is ahead of the curve when it comes to writing about the Catholic Church. Nothing about this book is superficial. This is a prodigiously researched work that looks at the church with both breadth and depth, and it is fascinating." --John M. Barry, author of Rising Tide and The Great Influenza

    "As a writer, Jason Berry has the jeweler’s eye for significant detail that combines with the novelist’s art in telling a story; as a reporter and researcher, Berry is thorough, compelling, and complete." --George Fish
    About the Author
    "Jason Berry is the rare investigative reporter whose scholarship, compassion, and ability to write with the poetic power of Robert Penn Warren are in perfect balance" — Phyllis Theroux, USA TODAY

    Jason Berry achieved prominence for his reporting on the Catholic Church crisis in Lead Us Not Into Temptation (1992), a book used in many newsrooms. He has been widely interviewed in the national media, with many appearances on Nightline, Oprah, ABC and CNN. USA Today called Berry “the rare investigative reporter whose scholarship, compassion and ability to write with the poetic power of Robert Penn Warren are in perfect balance.”   Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II, written with Gerald Renner (2004) has Spanish, Australian and Italian editions. The film he produced based on the book won Best TV Documentary Award at 2008 Docs D.F. -- Mexico City International Festival of Documentary Film.

    Jason Berry produces documentaries and writes on culture and politics for many publications. Up From the Cradle of Jazz. a history of New Orleans music, reissued in fall 2009 has new sections on the cultural impact of Hurricane Katrina. His other books include Amazing Grace: With Charles Evers in Mississippi, The Spirit of Black Hawk and Louisiana Faces: Images from A Renaissance with photographs of Philip Gould. He received a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship for research on jazz funerals and a 1992 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship for reporting on Louisiana demagogues. His play, Earl Long in Purgatory, won a 2002 Big Easy award for Best Original Work in Theatre.

    He is also the author of Last of the Red Hot Poppas, a comic novel about Louisiana politics.

    Jason Berry lives in New Orleans and on the Web

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