We Need Bonhoeffers Instead of Complicit Clerics

German Lutheran pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is a well-known anti-Nazi dissident whose prophetic preaching against Hitler led to his being stripped of his clothing and led naked into the execution yard of the Flossenbürg concentration camp where he was executed by hanging on 9 April 1945. His life and ministry stand in stark contrast to the cowardice of many German clergy who not only kept silent, but often rendered a Nazi salute and shouting, “Heil, Hitler!”

Unlike during World War II when many people, both inside and outside of Germany, were unaware of the mass murder of Jews and other opponents of the Nazi regime, today almost everyone is aware of President Joe Biden’s support for the killing of innocent unborn children and homosexual behavior. Although both Hitler and Biden were baptized in the Catholic Church, Hitler, unlike Biden, never made claims as an adult of being a Catholic.

Saginaw Bishop Robert Gruss was attacked recently by left-wing Catholics for a talk he gave on April 5, 2024 in which he said that President Joe Biden was “stupid” and was “not living the life Jesus wants for him.” Gruss qualified his “stupid” remark by explaining, “It’s not stupidity in the derogatory way, it’s stupidity in that … he doesn’t understand the Catholic faith.” Gruss went on to say that while Biden “professes” to be Catholic, he’s actually quite ignorant of what that entails.

Insofar as gays and lesbians believe that “LGBT rights and abortion rights are inseparable,” it was not surprising that closeted Catholic clergy and laity thought to be homosexuals came to the defense of Biden and criticized Gruss for denouncing Biden’s support for abortion and for presiding over several homosexual “weddings.”

In response to criticism from pro-LGBTQ Catholics like Jesuit Father Thomas Reese and layman, Rich Racho, Gruss later wrote, “I used the word ‘stupid’ in reference to President Biden, recognizing that it was poor judgment in my choice of words. It was not meant to be disparaging, and I apologize.”

Many Catholics, scandalized by the fact that Biden receives the Eucharist at Mass despite his known support for practices like abortion and homosexual behavior deemed mortally sinful by the Catholic Church, would like to see Biden excommunicated.  LifeSiteNews journalist, Stephen Kokx, defended Gruss by writing, “Given the intensity of Joe Biden’s attacks on the Catholic faith in recent years, it is incumbent upon U.S. prelates like Gruss – who has laudably been using his X account to call out Biden as of late – to continue to do so. And not only that, but to never cave to critics on the Catholic left who are essentially acting as surrogates for the Biden reelection campaign.”

Similar to World War II Germany when so many members of the clergy – bishops, priests, pastors – were silent amidst the atrocities committed by Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi), so too today are many bishops and priests silent in denouncing Biden and the Democratic Party for its support of practices condemned by the Catholic Church.  At a time when Buffalo Catholics are calling for the removal of their Ordinary, Bishop Michael Fisher, just like Catholics in Knoxville did with Bishop Richard Stika, it’s encouraging to read about a bishop, similar to former-Tyler Bishop Joseph Strickland, who has the courage to speak out prophetically; to defend Catholic Church teachings;  and to confront frauds claiming to be Catholics who oppose them.

To all those who believe in the sanctity of family life defined as one mother, one father, and open to having children; as well as those who believe that life begins at conception and ends at natural death; I encourage you to write or call Bishop Gruss thanking him for saying and doing what so many other complicit Church leaders are failing to do. Bishop Gruss can be reached via his administrative assistant at mpiechowiak@dioceseofsaginaw.org or by calling 989-799-7910.

Gene Thomas Gomulka is a sexual abuse victims’ advocate, investigative reporter, and screenwriter. A former Navy (O6) Captain/Chaplain, seminary instructor, and diocesan respect life director, Gomulka was ordained a priest for the Altoona-Johnstown diocese and later made a Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) by St. John Paul II.