Pro-abortion CINO's in the Illinois state legislature are working to pass an extremely deadly abortion-rights bill. Bishop Thomas Paprocki has decreed that those CINO's may not receive Holy Communion in his diocese; he singled out by name the Illinois Senate President and the Speaker of the House. Moreover he ordered his priests not to give them Holy Communion, should they dare present themselves for it.
Note what just happened. Paprocki invoked Canon 916 when he directed that the pro-abortions not present for Holy Communion. Canon 916 speaks to the laity. This is not the first time I've heard bishops make this proclamation. It is, however, the first time that I've heard a bishop order his priests to deny Holy Communion to pro-aborts. This is Canon 915, that speaks to the ministers of Holy Communion. Correction: Several decades ago, Bishop Rene Gracida, then bishop of Corpus Christi, put some pro-aborts under interdict.
As one can imagine, Bishop Paprocki is taking a lot of heat for his proclamation. I daresay that a good portion of that heat might be coming from brother bishops. Let's sign this petition to publicly support this bishop for acting like a bishop. We pray that others follow suit.