Diocese of Springfield

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

Bishop Paprocki: ‘Shameful’ that Georgetown honored pro-abortion Catholic senator

By Claire Chretien March 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Thomas Paprocki says it’s “shameful” that Georgetown University honored pro-abortion Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, this week. Paprocki spoke to LifeSiteNews on Thursday after news broke that he had publicly barred Sen. Durbin, who... read more

Bishop Paprocki: We Ask You to Use the Correct Bathroom

Bathrooms Now Legislated? Who knew? By Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, Catholic Times: My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Once again common sense has been turned on its head in our culture, this time by transgender activists agitating for people to be able to use the bathroom that they... read more

Catholic Bishop: ‘Moral Decadence’ of 21st Century West ‘Rivals Decline & Fall of Roman Empire’

By Barbara Hollingsworth, August 11, 2015 (CNSNews.com) – Bishop Thomas Paprocki says that the “moral decadence of our 21st century Western world now rivals the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.” “Historians tell us that abortion and infanticide were widespread, commonplace,... read more

Bishop orders tabernacles front and center

The fertile soil of Illinois By California Catholic Daily, January 5, 2015 The following comes from a Jan. 2 posting on The Eponymous Flower. The bishop of Springfield in Illinois, Thomas John Paprocki Joseph, gave instructions to return the tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament back into... read more

Springfield Bishop-elect clarifies comments on clergy abuse

The incoming Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Chicago, says his views on clergy abuse have been distorted and misrepresented. In an interview on KMOX, Bishop Paprocki says a number of people have claimed he said things he didn't say during... read more

Wait continues for new Catholic bishop for Springfield Diocese

The pope names two new bishops in America, whittling down the list of vacancies throughout the country to just three, with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, now waiting the longest. The Springfield Diocese has been without a bishop since early June of last year, when the Pope... read more

23 make commitment as Springfield Dominican associates

Twenty-three women and men made formal commitment as associates of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield during Mass at the Dominican motherhouse on May 17. As Dominican associates, they accept God's call'to embody the Dominican charism, hear and proclaim God's Word, and promote the dignity of all... read more

Springfield, Illinois Nativity Scene A Huge Success: Group Plans To Assist Iowa and Wisconsin Residents In 2009

The Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC), in conjunction with the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, announced the Nativity scene which made history as it stood in the Illinois state capitol building in Springfield was a total success and the group intends to make the project an annual... read more

Joint Confession Advocated by Catholic Priest?

CCI NOTES: With so many opportunities out there to clear up misunderstandings about the Catholic faith, it is astounding to us that so many diocesan newspapers spend their time and ink creating more confusion. The latest flap is Father John Dietzen's column suggesting "there is no liturgical or... read more

Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr.

Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Kevin W. Vann of Springfield coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth in Texas. The announcement was made May 17 in Washington by Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, apostolic nuncio to the United States. As coadjutor, Bishop-designate Vann will assist in the... read more