Bishop: Durbin ‘not permitted to receive Communion’ due to abortion stance

Bishop: Durbin ‘not permitted to receive Communion’ due to abortion stance

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is “not  permitted to receive Holy Communion” under the law of the Catholic  Church, according to Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, who heads the diocese of  Springfield, Ill., which is Durbin’s home city.

Bishop Paprocki affirmed this point concerning Durbin, who supports  abortion, in a post at the blog Renew America by Matt C. Abbott on April 3  and confirmed it separately to CNSNews.com on April 4.

The bishop, in a recent letter to an Illinois pro-life activist,  said, “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.”

The pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish at the time Durbin was told  not to present himself for Communion was Rev. Kevin Vann, now the bishop   for the diocese of Orange, Calif. …

Early in his political career, Durbin was pro-life. But in 1989,  several years before he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1996, he changed his  position. Since then he has supported pro-abortion laws.  Planned  Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America give Durbin a 100% rating while the National Right to Life Committee gives him a 0% rating.

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