Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, appeared on A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminus on Tuesday of this week to discuss the dangers of same-sex marriage legislation in the State of Illinois. Listen here.
Please listen to the entire interview with Bishop Paprocki and, if you live in Illinois, CONTACT ILLINOIS LEGISLATORS to ask them to oppose this legislation.
A critical point is that the bishops would oppose this legislation regardless of any “religious exemptions” because of the impact of same-sex “marriage” on society. Even so, the “exemption” in this legislation is no exemption at all. An example is that even the Chancellor of the Diocese and Bishop Paprocki’s finance director could not be fired from their positions if they were supportive of same-sex marriage. No diocesan employee, including school teachers, could be fired for supporting same-sex “marriage” unless they lead worship services or teach religion.
Catholics want faithful Catholics to be running the diocese. This legislation would make it impossible for the bishops in Illinois to appoint faithful Catholics to key positions in the diocese at the highest levels of operation. Regardless of how you personally feel about same-sex “marriage,” it is important to recognize that this legislation would make it illegal for faithful Catholics to be teaching our kids in Catholic schools and for faithful Catholics to be running our dioceses in Illinois. Bishop Paprocki characterizes this legislation as “Orwellian.”