Illinois governor dismisses bishops' criticism on 'pro-choice' award
CWN - November 03, 2011
Shrugging off criticism from the state’s Catholic bishops, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said that he was proud to present the Pro-Choice Leadership Award, saying that it was “the proper, Christian thing to do.”
The Catholic bishops of Illinois had joined in a statement criticizing Quinn—who identifies himself as a Catholic—for participating in the award to an abortion advocate. The bishops’ statement said that the governor’s action was “irreconcilable with any honest profession of the Catholic faith.”
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our Spring 2013 goal ($27,795 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: unum -
Nov. 04, 2011 9:25 AM ET USA
Quinn may be able to pass as a "Christian" in the U.S. today, but he sure can't pass as a Catholic. We can recognize CINO's (Catholics In Name Only) as soon as we hear them speak.
Posted by: annemarie -
Nov. 03, 2011 6:41 PM ET USA
Perhaps, the politically expedient thing to do, but most definitely NOT the proper, Christian thing! Pro-abortion politicians have no shame! Unfortunately, in most cases, the Church imposes no punishment, and that is a greater shame.
Posted by: stpetric -
Nov. 03, 2011 6:23 PM ET USA
Whew! I can *kinda* understand Cuomo-esque Catholic politicians who don't lead the pro-life charge. Not really, but kinda. But for a Catholic politician to correct his own bishops on what constitutes “the proper, Christian thing to do” is breathtaking! What arrogance.
Posted by: FredC -
Nov. 03, 2011 5:53 PM ET USA
The bishops do not represent enough votes for their opinions to influence politicians. Catholics are split 50:50. There is no "Catholic vote."
Posted by: opraem -
Nov. 03, 2011 5:31 PM ET USA
shows how far the political clout of the bishops has fallen. another victim of the sex abuse of children and their cover-up.