This week, Illinois passed the most extreme pro-abortion state legislation in America — with some Catholic lawmakers taking the lead in pushing forward this anti-life bill.
In response, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, has issued a public decree communicating to his priests that all Illinois Catholic lawmakers who voted for the state’s new Reproductive Health Act, or for an earlier 2017 bill that legalized taxpayer funding of abortions, should not present themselves to receive Holy Communion in the Diocese of Springfield “without first being reconciled to Christ and the Church.” The decree, and an accompanying letter, were mailed earlier in the week to all of the Catholic lawmakers who voted in favor of the bills.
The decree singles out by name House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, stating that because of their important leadership roles in the passage of the pair of pro-abortion bills, they “are not to be admitted to Holy Communion in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois because they have obstinately persisted in promoting the abominable crime and very grave sin of abortion.”
If only Nancy Pelosi’s spiritual leaders had the same care for her immortal soul. So far as I know, they’ve never condemned her, much less decreed she be denied communion.
She’s has claimed that she’s put a lot of study into what her “beloved” church teaches about abortion and that she’s confident her “tax-payer funded abortion without restrictions” position is not only just and good, but actually “sacred ground.”
She’s wrong. The Catholic Church has been crystal clear since the beginning that abortion is murder. In fact, St. John Chrysostom said it was worse than murder.
A.D. 70: “You shall not procure [an] abortion, nor destroy a newborn child.” – Didache 2.1–2
Didache (ˈdɪdəˌki): A 1st treatise on Christian morality and practices. Also called: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles.
A.D. 74: “Thou shalt not slay the child by procuring abortion; nor, again, shalt thou destroy it after it is born.” – Letter of Barnabas 19
Barnabas: A prominent early church leader fondly nicknamed Son of Encouragement (Acts 4:36).
A.D. 197: “In our case, a murder being once for all forbidden, we may not destroy even the fetus in the womb, while as yet the human being derives blood from the other parts of the body for its sustenance. To hinder a birth is merely a speedier man-killing; nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to birth. That is a man which is going to be one; you have the fruit already in its seed.” – Tertullian, Apology 9.8
Tertullian: The founder of Western theology. He is perhaps most famous for being the first writer in Latin known to use the term trinity
A.D. 226: “There are some [pagan] women who, by drinking medical preparations, extinguish the source of the future man in their very bowels and thus commit a parricide before they bring forth. And these things assuredly come down from the teaching of your [false] gods. . . . To us [Christians] it is not lawful either to see or hear of homicide” – Minucius Felix, Octavius 30
Minucius Felix: One of the earliest of the Latin apologists for Christianity. He died c. A.D. 250.
A.D. 228: “Women who were reputed to be believers began to take drugs to render themselves sterile, and to bind themselves tightly so as to expel what was being conceived, since they would not, on account of relatives and excess wealth, want to have a child by a slave or by any insignificant person. See, then, into what great impiety that lawless one has proceeded, by teaching adultery and murder at the same time!”- Hippolytus, Refutation of All Heresies
Hippolytus of Rome: Christian writer and saint. He died A.D. 235.
A.D. 374: “But the man, or woman, is a murderer that gives a philtrum, if the man that takes it dies upon it; so are they who take medicines to procure abortion; and so are they who kill on the highway, and rapparees.” – St. Basil the Great, First Canonical Letter, canon 8
St. Basil the Great: Bishop and influential theologian who supported the Nicene Creed and opposed the heresies of the early Christian church.
philtrum: love potion
rapparees: plunderers or robbers
A.D. 391: “Wherefore I beseech you, flee fornication. . . . Why sow where the ground makes it its care to destroy the fruit?—where there are many efforts at abortion?—where there is murder before the birth? For even the harlot you do not let continue a mere harlot, but make her a murderess also. You see how drunkenness leads to prostitution, prostitution to adultery, adultery to murder; or rather to a something even worse than murder. For I have no name to give it, since it does not take off the thing born, but prevents its being born. Why then do thou abuse the gift of God, and fight with his laws, and follow after what is a curse as if a blessing, and make the chamber of procreation a chamber for murder, and arm the woman that was given for childbearing unto slaughter?” – St. John Chrysostom, Homilies on Romans 24
St. John Chrysostom: Archbishop of Constantinople and an important Early Church Father.
A.D. 396: “Some, when they find themselves with child through their sin, use drugs to procure abortion, and when, as often happens, they die with their offspring, they enter the lower world laden with the guilt not only of adultery against Christ but also of suicide and child murder.” – St. Jerome, Letters 22.13
St. Jerome: Doctor of the Church. He is best known for his translation of most of the Bible into Latin (the translation that became known as the Vulgate), and for his commentaries on the Gospels.
A.D. 400: You shall not slay your child by causing abortion, nor kill that which is begotten. . . . [I]f it be slain, [it] shall be avenged, as being unjustly destroyed.” – Apostolic Constitutions 7.3
Apostolic Constitutions: Formally known as the Ordinances of the Holy Apostles Through Clement. The largest collection of ecclesiastical law that has survived from early Christianity.
The bishops and priests who allow Catholics like Nancy Pelosi to receive Holy Eucharist unworthily are heaping more and more sin on their souls. [1 Corinthians 11:27] They will stand together at judgment when Jesus says, “I never knew you.” [Matthew 7:23]