Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki asserted that Catholic Lawmakers in the Illinois Legislature who have supported abortion will not be able to receive communion at the churches in his diocese.
Paprocki specifically named House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, for their role in passing Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 40, two bills that increased access to abortion, according to an article from NCR Online.
S.B. 25 passed in the Senate with a 34-20 vote and in the state House with a 64-50 vote. H.B. 40 was signed into law by former Governor Bruce Rauner on Sept. 28, 2017. According to Paprocki, facilitating the passage of this legislation disrespects the Catholic tradition.
"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 said.
In Paprocki’s decree, both Canon 915 and Canon 916 are cited as the rationale behind the Bishop’s decision bar communion from pro-life state legislators.
Canon 915 emphasizes that individuals “who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy Communion,” NCR Online reported.
Paprocki’s actions demonstrate a tension between church and state as he bans certain lawmakers from actively partaking in the Catholic faith through communion.