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Bishop Thomas Paprocki consecrates the host during Mass.

Springfield bishop dispenses parishes from restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass

Jul 20, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The bishop of Springfield in Illinois on Monday dispensed two parish churches in his diocese from an article of a... Read more

Bishop Thomas Paprocki.

Bishop Paprocki: Regarding Communion debate “There should be no unity with iniquity”

Jun 23, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

In a statement published on June 23, 2021, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois lambasted recent... Read more

Bishop Thomas Paprocki

Bishop Paprocki rebukes shut-down tactics: Discussion on eucharistic coherence must proceed

May 26, 2021

Another U.S. bishop has reproached efforts to delay discussion of “Eucharistic coherence” by the whole conference. Read more

Rough road leading to the Illinois State Capitol Building. Springfield, Illinois.

Tell Illinois lawmakers not to junk parental notice abortion law, Catholic bishops say

Mar 17, 2021

Illinois’ requirement to notify parents of a minor who seeks an abortion is a law that helps save lives and... Read more

Normally busy streets in Manhattan are deserted April 10, 2020, after officials imposed a Covid-19 lockdown.

Bishop Paprocki: We must weigh cost of 'extraordinary' shutdowns

Sep 24, 2020

By Carl Bunderson

In an essay published this month, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois argued that months-long lockdowns in response to... Read more

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois.

Bishop Paprocki provides pastoral guide on gender identity

Feb 10, 2020

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois issued a pastoral guide last month regarding diocesan policies on gender identity, expounding... Read more

Fr. James Martin, SJ.

After Archbishop Chaput warning, bishops weigh in on Fr. James Martin

Sep 20, 2019

By CNA Staff

After the Archbishop of Philadelphia urged caution regarding the message Fr. James Martin, SJ, other bishops have weighed in on... Read more

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Illinois lawmakers aim to repeal parental notification for minors' abortions

Jul 8, 2019

The move follows the enactment of a state law recognizing a “fundamental right” to abortion in the state.  Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago.

Illinois bishops oppose abortion law, disagree on Communion for pro-choice lawmakers

Jun 14, 2019

By Matt Hadro

While two Illinois bishops are unified in their strong opposition to the state’s new abortion law, they differ on the... Read more

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Bishop Paprocki bars pro-abortion Illinois lawmakers from Holy Communion

Jun 6, 2019

The Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, has decreed that state legislative leaders may not be admitted to Holy Communion within his... Read more

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Bishops weigh in on SCOTUS union case and workers' rights

Jun 29, 2018

A US Supreme Court decision striking down mandatory fees paid to public-sector unions undermines workers’ collective rights and can’t be... Read more

Senator Richard Durbin (public domain image)

Change your heart, change your abortion votes, Bishop Paprocki tells Sen Durbin

Feb 22, 2018

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois has reiterated that U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin should not receive Holy Communion due... Read more

Bishop Paprocki explains Catholic teaching: Repentance is for everyone

Jul 26, 2017

A prominent media priest who criticized Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s restatement of norms regarding church funerals “gets a lot wrong,” the... Read more