Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, says that Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is “cooperating in evil” and persisting in “manifest grave sin” because of his abortion advocacy and must therefore “not be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of his sin.
The bishop’s statement followed on a recent procedural vote on a bill that would have outlawed abortion after 20 weeks into pregnancy, a bill that Durbin supported.
Of the 24 U.S. senators who identify as Catholic, 14 voted against the bill, despite the fact that it directly contradicts Catholic teaching regarding the sacredness of innocent human life and the evil of abortion.
The names of the 14 Catholic senators who voted against the 20-week abortion ban are:
Dick Durbin (D-Illinois)
Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York)
Patty Murray (D-Washington)
Maria Cantwell (D-Washington)
Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada)
Tim Kaine (D-Virginia)
Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island)
Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)
Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts)
Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey)
Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Susan Collins (R-Maine)