PEORIA, Ill. (CBSDC/AP) — The Anti-Defamation League wants an Illinois bishop to apologize for a homily that compared President Barack Obama’s heath care policies to actions by Adolf Hitler, but a diocese spokeswoman says the comments were intended as historical context.
Peoria Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky said Sunday that Obama is following previous governments that “tried to force Christians to huddle and hide only within the confines of their churches.”
He pointed to Hitler in Germany and Josef Stalin in the Soviet Union as examples of said controlling bureaucracies.
ADL Regional Director Lonnie Nasatir said Thursday that Jenky needs a history lesson on the “religious intolerance and anti-Semitism fostered in society” by Hitler and Stalin.
Diocesan Chancellor Patricia Gibson, however, says Jenky offered the comparisons to “prevent a repetition of historical attacks upon the Catholic Church and other religions.”
(TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)