Bishop Thomas Paprocki (Springfield)

Paprocki ignites debate — again — when religion and politics collide

By Steven Spearie, The State Journal-Register, October 24, 2020 The spiritual leader of Roman Catholics in central Illinois said abortion remained a “preeminent priority” for Catholic voters in the Nov. 3 presidential election, a reflection of a letter U.S. Catholic bishops released last... read more

Bishop Paprocki: Catholic Church Can Provide a Clear Path for COVID-19 Response

Catholic principles of ordinary and extraordinary means of preserving life can aid society’s approach to pandemic, the Illinois bishop says in a recent essay. By Judy Roberts, September 18, 2020 As the coronavirus shutdowns stretched into months, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield,... read more

Diocese of Springfield issues new guidelines for local schools and parishes

Parishes told to add Masses, if necessary, to keep maximum attendees under 250. By Mark Schneider, WGEM, March 13, 2020 The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois issued an update regarding Masses, parishes, and schools under it's jurisdiction in regards to concerns of the coronavirus. The... read more

US bishop declares ‘person cannot change his or her gender’ in new pastoral guidelines

Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki clarified policy on gender dysphoria to protect church and school leaders 'from being pressured and intimidated.' By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSite News, February 11. 2020 SPRINGFIELD, Illinois– In a sensitively worded but thoroughly-grounded-in-truth... read more

Pro-life mom beats world record for fastest half-marathon while pushing baby stroller

By Martin Barillas TULSA, Oklahoma, December 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A pro-life mother accomplished a world record for fastest half-marathon while pushing her baby daughter in a stroller. This happened despite race officials’ objections to the pro-life messaging she and her teammates put... read more

US bishops giving Fr. James Martin a huge victory with deafening silence on his LGBT advocacy

By Doug Mainwaring September 26, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — At a pivotal moment — as the future direction of the Church regarding the aggressive infiltration of LGBT ideology hangs in the balance — the bishops of the United States have squandered an enormous opportunity to shut down pro-gay... read more
Archbishop Chaput

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

Catholic News Agency, September 21, 2019 Philadelphia, Pa., Sep 20, 2019 / 10:40 am (CNA).- After the Archbishop of Philadelphia urged caution regarding the message Fr. James Martin, SJ, other bishops have weighed in on Martin’s message regarding homosexuality and Catholicism, as Martin and... read more

Pockets Of Light . . . Let’s Stand By Our Good Shepherds

By Joseph Matt, Wanderer, June 27, 2019 Amidst all the chaos, scandals, ambiguous interpretations, and assaults on Catholic teaching within the Church today — it is difficult not to be discouraged as a Catholic. The continuing barrage of scandal and apostasy emanating from the highest... read more

Paprocki vs. Cupich on Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians: Who’s Right?

By Dan Banke, OnePeterFive, June 20, 2019 On June 5, in reaction to radical new pro-abortion laws passed in the state of Illinois, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield issued a decree “declaring that Illinois legislative leaders who promoted and voted for the act … are not... read more

Basis for denying Communion

By Mary Hallan FioRito [Chicago-based Cardinal Francis George Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.], Chicago Tribune, June 17, 2019 To the Editors: In 1962, Archbishop Joseph Rummel of New Orleans announced that New Orleans’ Catholic schools would officially... read more

For Catholics, Holy Communion must remain at the center of the abortion debate

By Peter Kwasniewski, LifeSiteNews, June 18, 2019 In a statement dated June 2, 2019, Most Reverend Thomas Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield, Illnois, made it clear that pro-abortion Catholic politicians are forbidden to approach the Lord in Holy Communion. Because they have violated the most... read more
Bishop Paprocki, Springfield, IL

Bishop bans Communion for abortion-rights supporters