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Illinois bishop raps Catholic governor's stand on civil unions

December 02, 2010

The Catholic bishop of Springfield, Illinois has chastised Governor Pat Quinn for saying that his religious faith inspired him to support a legislative proposal for legal recognition of same-sex unions.

“He did not say what religious faith that would be,” said Bishop Thomas Paprocki; “but it certainly is not the Catholic faith.” Quinn identifies himself as a Catholic.

Bishop Paprocki continued:

If the Governor wishes to pursue a secular agenda for political purposes, that is his prerogative for which he is accountable to the voters. But if he wishes to speak as a Catholic, then he is accountable to Catholic authority, and the Catholic Church does not support civil unions or other measures that are contrary to the natural moral law.


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  • Posted by: mamsd9487 - Dec. 04, 2010 12:19 PM ET USA

    The key words here are "if he wants to speak as a Catholic" and should be applied to everyone who says "my Catholic faith..." Paprocki rocks.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Dec. 03, 2010 9:04 AM ET USA

    This kind of Catholic pol has metastasized since the Mario Cuomo personally opposed but days. It will continue until both Rome and the American bishops get serious about so-called Catholic pols facilitating moral evil.

  • Posted by: phineas - Dec. 03, 2010 3:06 AM ET USA

    We're simply too far along in our culture's moral descent to exchange differences of opinion with the heretic governor. The Bishop must deny him Holy Communion within his jurisdiction. It is war, and souls are in the balance, most prominently, that of the heretic governor. But we must not forget souls in jeopardy due to this ruling.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Dec. 02, 2010 5:28 PM ET USA

    Other bishops, including Pelosi's, Niederauer, please copy.