Bishop Daniel R. Jenky

Birthday: 3 March 1947

Freshman year – University of Notre Dame, 1965
Novitiate – Holy Cross Father’s Novitiate, Bennington, VT, 1966
Seminary – Moreau Seminary, Notre Dame, IN, 1967
Bachelor’s in History – University of Notre Dame, 1970
Master’s of Theology – Moreau Seminary, Notre Dame, IN, 1973

Ordination: 6 April 1974
Episcopate: 16 December 1997
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Bishop Daniel R. Jenky on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • Bishop Jenky said a Love Saves Lives Mass and performed Eucharistic Adoration for the unborn at his Cathedral on January 24, 2018. (Bishop Jenky’s Blog)


Upholds Church teaching on homosexuality
  • In February 2013, Bishop Jenky chartered a bus and encouraged Catholics to attend a Lobby Day at the state capitol to urge lawmakers to not legalize same-sex “marriage.” (Catholic Conference of Illinois)
  • A judge ruled in 2011 that the state of Illinois could legally refuse adoption contracts to Catholic Charities because of their refusal to place children with homosexual couples. Jenky blasted the decision, saying in a press release that he was disappointed, astonished, and that the ruling indicates certain elements of the political establishment in Illinois are at war with the Catholic community. (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

Upholds Church teaching on abortion politics
  • In a pastoral letter read in every parish in his diocese, Bishop Jenky compared pro-abortion Catholic politicians and Catholics who support them to the mob that cheered as Christ was tortured and killed. Jenky’s letter, written days before the 2012 presidential election, said Catholic who fail to vote to protect the unborn are putting their souls in mortal danger. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Jenky co-wrote a statement in November of 2011 with the other five bishops of Illinois denouncing Catholic Governor Pat Quinn for claiming that his decision to present an award at a pro-abortion event was the “proper Christian thing to do.” The statement said Quinn’s pro-abortion stance is “irreconcilable with any honest profession of the Catholic faith” and that his action rewards those who kill children in their mother’s womb. It also said that “those acting in the manner of the governor should not be given special recognition on church property or at functions held in support of church ministry.” (LifeSiteNews)


Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • Bishop Jenky instructed every priest in his diocese to read a letter to their parish the weekend before the 2012 presidential election. The letter, written by Bishop Jenky, instructed all Catholics to vote, warning them that the Obama administration’s HHS mandate is an “assault upon our religious freedom” and “grossly and intentionally intrude[s] upon the deeply held moral convictions that have always guided our Catholic schools, hospitals, and other apostolic ministries.” (National Catholic Reporter)
  • In a pastoral letter read in every parish in his diocese, Bishop Jenky said the Obama administration’s HHS contraception mandate is an assault on religious freedom without precedent. Jenky published the letter just days ahead of the 2012 presidential election. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Jenky was involved in the University of Notre Dame’s 2012 decision to sue the Obama administration over the HHS mandate. (Journal Star)
  • Bishop Jenky delivered a strongly worded homily in 2012 at a Men’s Mass rebuking the Obama adminstration’s HHS contraception mandate. Jenky said the mandate indicated President Obama “seems intent on following a similar path” as past totalitarian dictators such as Hitler and Stalin. Jenky also called on Catholics to oppose Obama’s “radical pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda” at the ballot box in November. Faculty at Notre Dame demanded Jenky be removed from the school’s board of fellows for his remarks. Some groups reported Jenky’s comments to the IRS. Several national liberal organizations strongly criticized Bishop Jenky. (LifeSiteNews)

“LGBT” ideology

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  • In 2010, Bishop Jenky directed all priests in his diocese to return the tabernacle to the center of the sanctuary within five years. “A profound reverence for the Reserved Sacrament is also intrinsically related to the Eucharistic liturgy. The Reserved Sacrament must therefore be treated with the greatest possible respect,” he wrote. (Women of Grace)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • Bishop Jenky was awarded the Bronze Pelican medal in 2009. The award is a diocesan honor given to adults who have made a significant and outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the Boy Scouts of America. (Journal Star)
  • Bishop Jenky issued a powerful sermon attacking the errors of secularism and materialism at a 2003 Irish festival in downtown Peoria, Illinois. Jenky applauded the resilient faith of Irish Catholics during his remarks and spoke highly of the family values Irish Catholics have always possessed. He blasted easy divorce, premarital sex, and cohabitation while explaining the Catholic understanding of freedom and the importance of community values, family bonds and shared friendships. (The Catholic Post)


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  • Bishop Jenky prohibited students in his diocese from participating in a nation-wide gun control walkout in March 2018 because the event’s organizers supported abortion. (LifeSiteNews)