Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Bishop’s message is divisive, newspaper editorial argues

Catholic World News - October 05, 2012

An Illinois newspaper editorial scolds Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield for his statement on the moral responsibilities of Catholic voters. The State Journal-Register disagrees with the bishop’s conclusions, believes that many other Catholics also disagree, and therefore concludes that he must not be speaking with authority:

Poll after poll has shown that lay Catholics nationwide reject their church’s teachings on certain issues, particularly the prohibition against using birth control and gay marriage. Statements like Paprocki’s will only serve to increase that divide.

The logic of the editorial suggests that a Catholic bishop should confine himself to reaffirming majority opinions.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our October expenses ($35,000 to go):
$35,000.00 $0.00
100% 0%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

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!

Show 10 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: tmsharel5764 - Oct. 06, 2012 1:40 PM ET USA

    "Statements like Paprocki’s will only serve to increase that divide." Bishop Paprocki, continue that great divide. "Catholics" who don't agree can go to the Protestant church down the street.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Oct. 06, 2012 1:12 PM ET USA

    @Dr. Jazz--I think there's some work in that area, too.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Oct. 05, 2012 6:01 PM ET USA

    "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. I came to set sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law; your worst enemies will be the members of your own family." Mathew 10:34-36 Christ's Truth is the sword that divides. Bishop Paprocki stands on the side of Truth. May God bless him.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Oct. 05, 2012 6:00 PM ET USA

    "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. I came to set sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law; your worst enemies will be the members of your own family." Mathew 10:34-36 Christ's Truth is the sword what divides. Bishop Paprocki stands on the side of Truth. May God bless him.

  • Posted by: dagbat - Oct. 05, 2012 5:10 PM ET USA

    The State Journal-Register has it backwards. The reason poll after poll show many Catholics who reject Church teaching is because the Bishops for too long have NOT been speaking out to Catholics. We need more Bishops speaking out as Bishop Paprocki is now doing, not less. Also besides talk, we need more action from the Bishops, especially against the many high profile Catholics who by their public anti Catholic pronouncements and actions are leading regular Catholics astray. For example a Catholic politician who publically endorses or votes for abortion in defiance of the Church should be publically warned and then denied holy communion if they persist in their pro-abortion actions.

  • Posted by: filioque - Oct. 05, 2012 4:16 PM ET USA

    How come it's never the Catholics who dissent from the constant teaching of the Church since the Apostles who are "divisive"?

  • Posted by: hrott4832 - Oct. 05, 2012 3:52 PM ET USA

    I went to the Springfield paper and found Bishop Paprocki's reply to what was a derisive letter to the editor. You can find the reply here: http://www.sj-r.com/opinions/x1784777635/Bishop-Paprocki-State-Journal-Register-editorial-twisted-my-words His answer to the accusation is eloquent and charitable and entirely appropriate!

  • Posted by: nanajessey2119 - Oct. 05, 2012 3:09 PM ET USA

    God Bless Bishop Paprocki. He is following Christ. I pray for all of the Bishops in this horrible time. Most of them are terrific.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Oct. 05, 2012 2:49 PM ET USA

    Bishop Paprocki is just separating the sheep from the goats.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Oct. 05, 2012 7:56 AM ET USA

    Isn't it "divisive" to have more than one candidate on a ballot? Maybe we should avoid that, too.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

On Bishops and Jesuits, Saints and Angels 13 hours ago
Bishop Finn in Kansas City: Not quite up to date? 15 hours ago
Oh, that sort of misconduct [UPDATED] September 29
Don’t worry about terrorism; worry about workplace violence? September 29
Doing Great Things for Christ September 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30