Bishop Paprocki, leader of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, has barred from Holy Communion, two 'Catholic' state politicians in leadership positions, who worked to pass Illinois' new, radical abortion law.
After months of other pro-abortion 'Catholic' politicians getting 'slaps on the wrist' and 'stern talkings-to' from other US bishops and Cardinals over their promotion of abortion, Bishop Paprocki is to be highly commended for taking such action.
This petition will send a message of support to the good bishop, showing him that faithful Catholics actually appreciate when their shepherds lead on difficult issues, like abortion.
And, make no mistake: This petition has NATIONAL (and, even international) IMPLICATIONS.
Right now, there are divisions between US bishops on this issue. While some, like Bishop Paprocki, have taken a strong approach to this moral blight, others have been less robust.
We want to give our support to Bishop Paprocki - as we hope his courage inspires other bishops to take this strong approach to admonish 'Catholic' politicians who have caused great scandal by promoting abortion.
Moreover, we want to congratulate Bishop Paprocki for protecting the Blessed Sacrament.
In his decree, Bishop Paprocki states: "In accord with canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law...Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan, who facilitated the passage of the Act Concerning Abortion of 2017 (House Bill 40) as well as the Reproductive Health Act of 2019 (Senate Bill 25), are not to be admitted to Holy Communion in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois because they have obstinately persisted in promoting the abominable crime and very grave sin of abortion as evidenced by the influence they exerted in their leadership roles and their repeated votes and obdurate public support for abortion rights over an extended period of time."
Of course, no-one, least of all the good bishop, wants anyone to be deprived of Holy Communion.
But, when a politician publicly and obstinately puts themselves out-of-communion with the Church's teaching on the taking of innocent human life (i.e., on abortion), then the faithful understand that the Eucharist and the Church must be protected from such scandal.
Pro-abortion politicians should not think that they can demean the Body of Christ - by promoting killing other human beings - with no consequence!
But, depriving politicians of Holy Communion is not just meant to prevent scandal; it is also designed to bring a grave public sinner to repentance. In this way, such an action is meant to be for the good of their souls, too.
As Bishop Paprocki also noted in his declaration: “These persons may be readmitted to Holy Communion only after they have truly repented these grave sins and furthermore have made suitable reparation for damages and scandal, or at least have seriously promised to do so, as determined in my judgment or in the judgment of their diocesan bishop in consultation with me or my successor."
THANK YOU, BISHOP PAPROCKI for your clear teaching, and leadership of the Catholic faithful!
Please SIGN this petition, which sends Bishop Paprocki a message of support and prayer, and which, also, pledges prayers for wayward Catholic politicians.
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