By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine, June 17, 2019
Thomas Paprocki, the bishop of Springfield (the state capital of Illinois), has issued a decree barring the Illinois State Senate President and House Speaker—both ostensibly Catholics—from receiving Communion in the diocese. The June 2 decision took place in response to enactment of abortion legislation codifying in state law an unlimited abortion liberty through birth, in the event that Roe et al. v. Wade was judicially modified. Paprocki’s decree also states that Illinois Catholic legislators who voted for the bill should also not receive Communion until they first are “reconciled to Christ and the Church.”
With the uptick in state legislative action on abortion this year, the problem of nominal Catholics receiving Communion while voting for abortion has again become acute. This issue has arisen over the years: it first arose in 1973 when a Catholic justice, William Brennan, joined the majority in Roe and acquired particular visibility later in 1984 and 2004.
In 1984, Democratic New York Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro became the first Catholic since Roe to be a major party presidential or vice-presidential candidate. Her pro-abortion stand was then strongly criticized by John Cardinal O’Connor, Archbishop of New York, who nevertheless did not take the further step of publicly barring Ferraro from Communion……..Read more: http://crisismagazine.com/2019/bishop-paprocki-catholic-politicians-take-sides
Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President Donald Trump.