A bishop from the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, is standing up against the Democratic Party. Historically, the Democratic Party was the party of Irish Catholics, but that shifted when the party picked up liberal identity politics in the 1960s. Now, the Democrats are a party defined by their pro-choice politics—something that goes directly against the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki isn't letting a Democrat from his diocese get away with voting pro-choice, reported The Washington Examiner. He has barred Sen. Dick Durbin from receiving Holy Communion. The decision came after Durbin recently voted against a bill that would have banned late-term abortions.
Paprocki, who heads the Roman Catholic community in the Springfield area, made his decision last week. Durbin is banned from receiving the sacrament after the Senate failed to pass The Pain-Capable Unborn Children's Act last month.
The act, which failed to win the 60 votes needed to advance the bill in the Senate, would have prohibited abortion procedures after 20 weeks.
“Fourteen Catholic senators voted against the bill that would have prohibited abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization, including Sen. Richard Durbin, whose residence is in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois,” Paprocki wrote in a statement.
Paprocki announced he will continue to hold that position “until he repents of this sin.”
The bishop went on to explain the Catholic Church’s teaching on politicians who don't follow the teachings of the Church.
He said that Code of Canon Law and other governing doctrines have explicitly said those who commit “grave sins” and fail “to protect the lives of the innocent and defenseless” should not be admitted Holy Communion.
“Because his voting record in support of abortion over many years constitutes 'obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin,' the determination continues that Sen. Durbin is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of this sin,” he said. “This provision is intended not to punish, but to bring about a change of heart. Sen. Durbin was once pro-life. I sincerely pray that he will repent and return to being pro-life.”
Durbin’s office did not return the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.