Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) church has banned him from participating in communion until he “repents” of his pro-abortion stance, a “sin” in the Catholic Church.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, noted in a Feb. 13 statement that the senator’s votes in support of abortion rights constitute “obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin.” As a result, Durbin is barred from taking part in Holy Communion.
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“This provision is intended not to punish, but to bring about a change of heart,” the bishop explained. “Sen. Durbin was once pro-life. I sincerely pray that he will repent and return to being pro-life.”
Paprocki made the decision to ban the Illinois lawmaker in mid-February on the heels of the U.S. Senate’s failure to approve the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned abortion after 20 weeks.
The bishop, who leads the Roman Catholic community in Springfield, said he will hold to his decision “until he repents of this sin.”
In April 2017, Durbin told CNN he understands some Democrats might be pro-life “on a personal basis” but insisted from a policy standpoint that the Democratic Party remain “clear and unequivocal” in its support of abortion rights.
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