LifePetitions is the leading petition platform exclusively serving the pro-life and pro-family communities.

PLEDGE: I support Bishop Paprocki denying Communion to pro-abortion U.S. senator

  • {{ signatures | commify }}

Bishop Thomas Paprocki announced last week that Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who lives in his diocese, is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of his public abortion advocacy.

The catalyst for this announcement was the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have made most abortions after 20 weeks illegal (the bill had an exception for babies conceived in rape and incest).

Paprocki noted that Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law says those “who obstinately persist in mani­fest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

The bishop explained, “Because [Durbin’s] voting record in support of abortion over many years constitutes ‘obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin,’ the determination continues that Sen. Durbin is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of this sin.”

“This provision is intended not to punish, but to bring about a change of heart,” said Paprocki. “Sen. Durbin was once pro-life. I sincerely pray that he will repent and return to being pro-life.”

The Catholic Church teaches that the Eucharist confected by the priest at Mass is the literal body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. No Catholic who has committed a serious (mortal) sin is supposed to receive the Eucharist until he or she has repented of that sin and gone to Confession. Giving Holy Communion to a public figure whose sinful actions, votes, and statements prevent him from worthily receiving Holy Communion constitutes scandal in addition to sacrilege. Doing so can mislead and confuse the Catholic faithful. 

In addition to his ardent abortion advocacy, Durbin votes for and publicly advocates against other Catholic moral teachings. He is a strong supporter of same-sex “marriage”; the pro-gay Human Rights Campaign gives him 100% on their scorecard. He also earned a 100% from abortion lobby group NARAL.

Sign the pledge today to support Bishop Paprocki's strong stand for life!

Timeline

Georgetown honors pro-abortion Senator whose bishop just barred him from Communion

Former Georgetown Right to Life head: 'This is a smack in the face of our Catholic identity and values.'

Bishop Paprocki is completely right to deny Communion to pro-abortion Sen. Dick Durbin

Bishop Paprocki barred an extreme pro-abortion Democrat senator from receiving Communion. More bishops should do likewise.

Catholic bishop bars pro-abortion U.S. senator from Communion until he ‘repents’

Durbin, a Democrat, recently voted in favor of late-term abortion.

Petition Launched!

Recent Petitions

PETITION: NO to infanticide. Pass the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

Pro-abortion Democrats are blocking this life-saving bill. Tell them to defend the innocent.
  • 13,631

SIGN THE PETITION: Support Cdl. Müller's doctrinal manifesto amid Pope Francis' confusion

Faithful Catholics are asked to sign Cardinal Müller's Manifesto of Faith, which is a reminder to all Catholics to adhere to the precepts of the faith which have been handed down, rejecting novelty in doctrine.
  • 16,131

PETITION: Urge Canadian authorities to protect 10-year-old ‘drag kid’ from abuse

A ten-year-old 'drag kid'? Pictured with a naked adult male? And, with his parents defending this "lifestyle"? This is outrageous on so many levels and calls for the immediate intervention of the Quebec Child Protective Services.
  • 1,775