Bishop’s Statement

01
Nov

Illinois bishops today called for Congress to quickly enact immigration reform in order to resolve the plight of young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. "As Pope Francis has said, it is time to stop treating our immigrants as 'pawns on the chessboard of humanity,'" the bishops wrote in a statement. "It is urgent that you put an end to 'deferred action' and provide a permanent solution."  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in September announced on behalf of President Donald Trump that the Deferred Action ...

31
May

The past few years have seen gun violence increase in the city of Chicago, claiming the innocent lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ. The geographic and cultural diversity of Illinois, however, is reflected in varying attitudes towards guns across the state. The Constitution's guarantee of the right to bear arms only adds to the conundrum of firearms in today's society. The Catholic bishops of ...

07
Nov

Recent news has focused on the hardships of individuals who work at minimum wage jobs. The current minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25 per hour, $1 more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Proposals in the state legislature call for increasing the minimum wage to $11 an hour, although we do not expect action before the current General Assembly ends in January. Our Illinois ...

01
Jan

Cardinal George of Chicago today sent a letter on redefinition of marriage efforts to every priest in the Archdiocese, asking that the letter be distributed in parish bulletins this weekend. The Cardinal stresses that the "Church welcomes everyone, respects each one personally and gives to each the spiritual means necessary to convert to God’s ways and maintain friendship with Christ." However, he notes that "marriage comes to us from nature." "It is physically impossible for two men or two women to consummate a ...

07
Feb

Bishops across the nation have written letters to parishioners on the federal Department of Health and Human Services regulation mandating the coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraceptives. This unfair mandate violates conscience rights and completely disregards religious protections under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Our Illinois bishops, including Cardinal George of Chicago, have issued letters to parishes throughout their dioceses to be read at Mass or inserted into bulletins. Read the bishops' letters by clicking here.

27
Dec

The bishops of Illinois today released a statement on National Migration Week, beginning Jan. 8. Like the Magi following the star to the hope, love and freedom embodied in the Holy Child, many immigrant families are on a similar journey as they seek hope in a new country. During the next six months, each diocese in Illinois will share stories of immigrant families in their parishes and communities. These stories ...

17
Nov

Illinois' diocesan and auxiliary bishops this week sent a letter to Gov. Pat Quinn, asking for a meeting to discuss the governor's stance on pro-life issues, civil unions and religious freedom. Quinn made the letter public to the media after he received it.

14
Nov

The bishops of the Belleville, Joliet and Springfield dioceses today dropped their lawsuit against the state of Illinois on behalf of Catholic Charities. The bishops sued on the grounds of religious freedom, stating Catholic Charities was allowed to refrain from placing children with civil union couples in accord with its belief to place children with married couples. A judge in August ruled Catholic Charities did not have property rights to state contracts. The bishops ...

02
Nov

Last week, Personal PAC, the Political Action Committee for Planned Parenthood, sent out an email to its supporters that Gov. Pat Quinn would give out an award -- the Pro-Choice Leadership Award -- at the PAC’s annual luncheon on Nov. 17. The bishops of Illinois put out a statement on Quinn’s plan to present this award.

27
Oct

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield today commented on the 4th District Appellate Court's denial of a stay of the original ruling against Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities in the dioceses of Belleville, Peoria, Springfield and Joliet sued the state to retain their contracts for foster care and adoption. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services cancelled the contracts after the implementation of the new civil union law, claiming Catholic Charities discriminates in its practice of ...