Peoria Prelate Retires

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by Kristine Christlieb  •  •  March 5, 2022   

Cupich crony replacing faithful bishop

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The diocese of Peoria, Illinois, is losing a faithful Catholic bishop. He submitted his resignation at the age of retirement in accord with Church law.

But, Church Militant's Kristine Christlieb tells us, a left-leaning bishop is taking his place. 

Pope Francis yesterday accepted the resignation of Bp. Daniel Jenky. Stepping in to replace him is Bp. Louis Tylka, appointed coadjutor to the diocese of Peoria in 2020.

A classmate of Tylka's in seminary — an anonymous priest — reveals to Church Militant:

Anonymous priest: "Tylka didn't busy himself with his studies, but rather spent his time befriending himself to wealthy benefactors of the seminary. Tylka has no necessary theological credentials to be a bishop."

Jenky's absence will leave a hole in the diocese of Peoria. He was a champion of the cause for the canonization of Ven. Abp. Fulton J. Sheen, who grew up in the diocese of Peoria.

He sided with Sheen's living relative to have Sheen's remains brought to rest in Peoria instead of New York. But in 2019, at the request of unnamed American bishops, the Vatican delayed Sheen's beatification. Chicago's Cdl. Blase Cupich was outed as one of the prelates opposing it.

But now that Tylka — a creature of the Chicago clerical machine — is in charge of Bp. Sheen's canonization, it's almost assured that Sheen's cause is stuck in the gears of Church bureaucracy.

Faithful bishops like Jenky are a shrinking minority in the United States. Leftists like Tylka, however, have been the ones getting appointments during Pope Francis' papacy. 

Jenky opened Sheen's cause for canonization in 2002. New York's then-archbishop, Cdl. Edward Egan, assured the archdiocese's cooperation. His successor, Cdl. Timothy Dolan, did not respect his predecessor's agreement.

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