Bishop Paprocki Supports Priest Who Denied Communion to Pro-Abortion Senator Dick Durbin


Paprocki3Bishop Thomas Paprocki has once again shown his resolute courage in defending the Faith.

He’s also shown that he supports his priests when they make tough decisions for the good of the faithful, and that’s something we don’t always see.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (Dem., Planned Parenthood) is a Catholic, a democrat, and an outspoken supporter of abortion.

But let’s not be redundant.

Anyway, the pastor of Durbin’s home parish in the Diocese of Springfield, probably thinking that offering the Holy Eucharist to a rabid apostle of genocide would be a bit awkward, and maybe slightly offensive to certain people, like Jesus, did the reasonable thing (and the correct thing under Canon Law 915) and told Senator Durbin, sorry, no Communion for you.

And Bishop Paprocki’s response?  That’s my priest, yo.

Quoth the shepherd:

“Senator Durbin was informed several years ago by his pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish here in Springfield that he was not permitted to receive Holy Communion per canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law,” Paprocki wrote. “My predecessor upheld that decision and it remains in effect. It is my understanding that the senator is complying with that decision here in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.”

There’s something comforting about a bishop who acts like a bishop.  Comforting for that pastor, no doubt, and for the other priests in the Diocese of Springfield, but also for us, even if we don’t live in his diocese.  I’m not talking about a sense of schadenfreude or triumphalist pleasure at the sight of a scoundrel getting his comeuppance.  Dick Durbin, like any pro-abortion Catholic is a tragic figure whose soul is to be pitied and prayed for.

What I’m talking about is the sense of peace and security one gets knowing that someone in a position of leadership is ready to stand between you and the onslaught and state the Truth with courage and clarity.  In an age of ever-increasing attacks on the Church, the faithful need to know they are looked after, the way a child needs to know that his father will protect him from any threats from the outside world.

In an age of wolves, we need shepherds.

Bishop Paprocki is one of the best.



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  • Corrine

    This saddens me. We discourage people from changing viewpoints when we shut them out. This is not love. This is judgement. And we are not encouraging a dialog. We are shutting people out. I am a democrat who disagrees strongly with abortion. However, we lose the battle by acts such as these.

    • JS

      Corrine, while I understand your viewpoint and I myself try very hard to educate without shutting people out. However, Jesus calls us to be his disciples and to lead the right way. Taking communion with a mortal sin on your soul is just another mortal sin. Administering communion to someone you know supports an organization that blatantly disregards the basics of the Catholic church would be wrong. I think denying him communion was the right thing but perhaps after mass he should have pulled the Senator aside and said should you change your views and receive the grace of confession you are welcome to receive the Eucharist again. We must remember this isn’t a symbol of Jesus’ body and blood but Him actually we are receiving. Therefore it must be treated with the up-most dignity and respect. God Bless!

    • Hannah

      It would be worse to give the senator communion, because it would give scandal to the Catholic Faith. If one gives holy communion to someone who advocates abortion and is in favor of it, then it is like telling the person that it is okay for him/her to hold those views, that no change is necessary. However, denial of holy communion, to one who actually believes, should cause him/her to reflect and give thought to the reason of the refusal. If such contemplation or reflection upon the reason of refusal does not occur, most likely the senator could care less from a religious point of view why he was denied, just that he was denied. Most likely, too, he shouldn’t have too hard a time finding another priest who would give him holy communion. And while I do not actually believe anymore that the Norvus Ordo consecrations are valid, or the entire Norvus Ordo “church,” that is a different topic. To give scandal to the faith by allowing someone to continue in error and silently permit his view points to override God’s laws, is wrong.



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