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4/8/2014 (1 year ago)

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Senator's stance on abortion led to diocese's decision

All must be held accountable . Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, who heads the diocese of Springfield, Illinois says that Democratic State Senator Dick Durbin is "not permitted to receive Holy Communion" under the law of the Catholic Church. Durbin's support of abortion influenced the decision.

Senator Dick Durbin in response has said, 'Is that all this Church is about, is one issue? For bishops to announce that they are going to penalize Catholics on certain votes I think is . reaching too far.'

Senator Dick Durbin in response has said, "Is that all this Church is about, is one issue? For bishops to announce that they are going to penalize Catholics on certain votes I think is . reaching too far."


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

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4/8/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Senator Dick Durbin, abortion, communion

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In a recent letter to an Illinois pro-life activist, Bishop Paprocki said that "Senator Durbin was informed several years ago by his Pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish here in Springfield that he was not permitted to receive Holy Communion per canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law. My predecessor upheld that decision and it remains in effect. It is my understanding that the Senator is complying with that decision here in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois."

Durbin was pro-life earlier in his political career. In 1989, several years before he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1996, Durbin changed his position. He has since supported pro-abortion laws. Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America give Durbin a 100 percent rating while the National Right to Life Committee gives him a zero rating.

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Durbin, the Senate Majority Whip, was honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action at a Roe vs. Wade celebration in Chicago on January 23, 2014.

Canon Law is the law utilized to govern the Catholic Church. Canon 915 states, "Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion."

In Durbin's case, the "obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin" apparently refers to his longstanding support for abortion laws which is contrary to Catholic teaching.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law: You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish."

The Vatican's Declaration on Procured Abortion states: "It must in any case be clearly understood that whatever may be laid down by civil law in this matter, man can never obey a law which is in itself immoral, and such is the case of a law which would admit in principle the liceity of abortion. Nor can he take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it. Moreover, he may not collaborate in its application. It is, for instance, inadmissible that doctors or nurses should find themselves obliged to cooperate closely in abortions and have to choose between the law of God and their professional situation."

Durbin in response has said, "Is that all this Church is about, is one issue? For bishops to announce that they are going to penalize Catholics on certain votes I think is . reaching too far."

In addition to disagreeing with his own Church on abortion, Durbin added, "I, for one, believe that women should be allowed to be priests." He also said he thinks priests should be allowed to marry.


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