BRAVO BISHOP PAPROCKI !!! SO FAR AS I KNOW, HE AND I ARE THE ONLY TWO BISHOPS WHO HAVE PLACED AN INTERDICT DENYING THE RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION ON STATE LEGISLATORS WHO HAVE PROMOTED, ADVOCATED, ABORTION.

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NEWSABORTIONCATHOLIC CHURCHPOLITICS – U.S.Thu Jun 6, 2019 – 9:29 am EST

BREAKING: Illinois bishop bars pro-abortion legislators from communion

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 6, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― The bishop of Springfield in Illinois has barred pro-abortion legislators from receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has ruled that state legislators who are working to pass Illinois’s new abortion bill may not present themselves for communion in his diocese and that priests are expressly forbidden from giving the Eucharist to both the Senate president and the speaker of the House.

“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,” Paprocki wrote in a statement dated June 2, 2019.

“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,” he continued.

Although they are not named, Paprocki included other pro-abortion state politicians in his interdict, saying, “I declare that Catholic legislators of the Illinois General Assembly who have cooperated in evil and committed grave sin by voting for any legislation that promotes abortion are not to present themselves to receive Holy Communion without first being reconciled to Christ and the Church in accord with canon 916 of the Code of Canon Law.” 

Learn more about Bishop Paprocki’s views and past actions by visiting FaithfulShepherds.com. Click here.

Last Friday, the Illinois legislature sent Senate Bill 25, known as the Reproductive Health Act, to the governor for approval. Blatantly pro-abortion, Senate Bill 25 seeks to protect the “fundamental rights of individuals to make autonomous decisions about one’s own reproductive health.” It passed in the Senate by a 34-20 vote.

Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker has vowed to sign the bill, which asserts that the “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights.” The new law will go into effect immediately upon signature.

According to the Thomas More Society, the new Illinois Reproductive Health Act will allow abortions for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy; eliminate restrictions regarding where abortions may be performed; allow non-physicians to perform abortions;  undermine and threaten institutional and individual rights of conscience; jeopardize any meaningful regulation of abortion facilities; require private health insurance policies to include coverage for all abortions, with no exemptions, even for churches and other religious organizations; eliminate any requirement to investigate fetal deaths or maternal deaths resulting from abortion; repeal a law prohibiting “kickbacks” for abortion referrals; repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, which has been responsible for a more than 55-percent reduction in abortions among Illinois minors since 2012; and force parents to pay for their minor children’s abortions.

Paprocki issued a press release on May 28 in which he asserted that the proposed legislation is evil.

“I condemn the gravely immoral action of the Illinois House of Representatives in passing Senate Bill 25, labeled with a highly misleading title as the ‘Reproductive Health Act,’ purporting to declare abortion a fundamental right,” he wrote.

The bishop released a subsequent press release, dated June 6, justifying his decision:

The Eucharist is the most sacred aspect of our Catholic faith. As sacred Scripture warns, “Whoever eats unworthily of the bread and drinks from the Lord’s cup makes himself guilty of profaning the body and of the blood of the Lord.” To support legislation that treats babies in the womb like property, allowing for their destruction for any reason at any time, is evil. It’s my hope and prayer these lawmakers reconcile themselves to the Church so they can receive Communion.

Paprocki, himself a canon lawyer, consulted with other canon lawyers throughout North America before issuing his decree, according to the June 6 press release.

“In issuing this decree, I anticipate that some will point out the Church’s own failings with regard to the abuse of children,” Paprocki said. “The same justifiable anger we feel toward the abuse of innocent children, however, should prompt an outcry of resistance against legalizing the murder of innocent children.”

In 2018, Bishop Paprocki barred Illinois senator Dick Durbin from Holy Communion because of Durbin’s vote against legislation that would have protected children from abortion after 20 weeks gestation.

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9 Responses to BRAVO BISHOP PAPROCKI !!! SO FAR AS I KNOW, HE AND I ARE THE ONLY TWO BISHOPS WHO HAVE PLACED AN INTERDICT DENYING THE RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION ON STATE LEGISLATORS WHO HAVE PROMOTED, ADVOCATED, ABORTION.

  1. hellenback7 says:

    @Vincent Fitzpatrick
    I’m pretty sure you’re aware but feel it bears rotating, that some action or omission consisting of grave matter and someone deliberately and wilfully indulging in such (i.e. committing a mortal sin) in regard to such matter are two different things.

    And that’s not sophism; it’s Catholicism 101. I believe we are taught to be careful about to whom we impute (or imply we are imputing) mortal sinfulness.
    But your point is taken.

  2. Hannah Fuguni says:

    Hellenback7 is right. I have requested Communion be refused to these murderers here in NS from Bishop Dunn and the Priests with no response. Should Justin Trudeau be allowed to attend so called Novus Ordo Mass if he converted to Islam?????

  3. Sheepdog says:

    Wonderful news. I shared the post and also the original article on Twitter.

    (Side note, I have a really great Twitter page) I encourage others to speak out even if it isn’t popular to do so.

  4. Vincent Fitzpatrick says:

    What Bishop Paprocki has done is not an interdict or any other kind of penalty. All he has done is to decline to commit the mortal sin of disobeying Canon 915.

  5. Vincent Fitzpatrick says:

    Every time Canon 915 is disobeyed, grave scandal is given. That is, mortal sin. Only about ten American bishops are not committing this mortal sin, routinely and regularly. This answers the question: What is the spiritual and moral condition of the American hierarchy?

  6. hellenback7 says:

    The entire Liberal party of Canada, beginning with Trudeau, should be banned from receiving the Eucharist.

    And it should be done publicly, in the same manner as they have made a spectacle of Canada as the pattern for a country with an entire party of politicians promoting the killing of pre & near-born children as a human right!

  7. Mary Anne says:

    Thank you, Holy Bishop Paprocki !! May those of your Brethren who are on the edge, filled with a fear of ravenous wolves wearing shepherds clothing, be made whole and strong by your example, and follow it. God bless you!

  8. Charles MOLINEAUX says:

    And the other bishops of “Catholic” pro-abortion legislators are, uh, umm, where?

    Sent from my iPhone

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  9. jeremiah117 says:

    Where is the courage amongst our Bishops? Where is their loyalty to the Truth of the Gospel? Do they not ralize that they are tempting the Wrath of God? Perhaps they are among those who do not believe in the True Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Do they not understand what is recounted in the Gospel of John, Ch 6? Or in I Corinthians 11:27-29 ” 27Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the chalice. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.”? To Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, may God continue to bless you for your loyalty to the Gospel. We will continue to pray for your brother Bishops, that through our Mother of Salvation, they may receive the grace to recognize, accept, and proclaim the light of Truth, which is Jesus Christ.

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