Giving an award to a pro-abortion group is “the Christian thing to do” says Gov. Quinn

The Catholic bishops of Illinois condemned Gov. Pat Quinn, who professes to be Catholic, for agreeing to give an award to pro-abortion political group. In response to the criticism, Quinn doubled down.

The Naperville Sun reports:

Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday he considers it “the proper, Christian thing to do” to present an abortion-rights group’s leadership award, sloughing off criticism from Cardinal Francis George and other Roman Catholic bishops.

So at what point would we the bishops consider dialogue a waste of time? This Catholic governor not only supports legal abortion, he celebrates it. He not only signs a law on civil unions, he enforces it so that Catholic agencies can essentially no longer participate in adoption or foster care.

I mean, with friends like this…

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28 thoughts on “Giving an award to a pro-abortion group is “the Christian thing to do” says Gov. Quinn

  1. Patricia says:

    Where did you say this guy USED to BE the governor? Looks like he may have opted for a shorter term for himself especially if prolife factions get wind of this…BTW, are the Bishops doing anything about EX-Communicating this guy?

  2. MJP says:

    Bishop Sheen prophetically said : Catholics will hold the highest places in Heaven and the lowest places in Hell !

  3. lisag says:

    Obviously, the governors god is the Democrat party machine. There is no room for the One True God.

  4. irishsmile says:

    Technically, the governor is excommunicated! He has self-incurred, laetae sentenciae excommunication. That being said however, many Catholics and most Americans don’t know or understand that simple fact. I would suggest that the bishops in Illinois begin the educational process in America by explaining laetae sentenciae excommunication and how Catholics incur it. First, a scolarly essay in the diocese newspapers in Illinois and secondly, instruct all priest within their dioceses to read the essay at all Masses.

    From Catholic Planet.com:This sentence of excommunication applies to Catholics who are politicians, as well as to those Catholics who are political commentators, or public speakers, or who write or otherwise publicly communicate their erroneous view that abortion can be morally-acceptable or that abortion should be legal. This sentence of excommunication also certainly applies to those Catholics who claim to be theologians or Biblical scholars, but who believe or teach that abortion is not always gravely immoral.

    Those Catholics who promote abortion are automatically excommunicated for two reasons. First, they have fallen into the sin of heresy by believing that abortion is not always gravely immoral (canons 751 and 1364). Second, these Catholics are providing substantial assistance for women to obtain abortions by influencing public policy to make abortions legal, and to keep abortions legal, and to broaden access to abortion. Those who provide such substantial assistance commit a mortal sin and incur a sentence of automatic excommunication (canon 1398).

    1. Scott W. says:

      Actually, canon lawyer Ed Peters says the case for applying latae sentenciae against pro-abortion politicians is weak: http://canonlawblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/case-for-applying-canon-1398-to.html

      That is not to say that he doesn’t think they shouldn’t be excommunicated; just that Canon 1364 is the wrong section to apply.

      1. Scott W. says:

        Correction: Canon 1398, not 1364.

    2. Scott W. says:

      I posted a response that included a link to canon lawyer Ed Peters. I don’t know if it made it or got to the spam filter. Anyway, the point I was trying to make is that although Catholic politicians who support abortion ought to be excommunicated, the case for saying they incurred it automatically under Canon 1364 is very weak.

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