Bishops’ Statements on Current Issues
Illinois’ six diocesan bishops occasionally make statements on current issues important to the Church, either as a group or as individuals. When the statement is issued as a group, it reflects the view of the Church statewide. Individual bishops may choose to make a statement on issues of specific interest to their dioceses.
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 referring same-sex couples seeking to become foster parents back to the state agency.
However, the 4th district Appellate Court has yet to rule on the merits of the case.
Bishops Paprocki and Jenky release statements on court ruling against Catholic Charities foster care dispute
Read what Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria have to say about the court decision against Catholic Charities in the organizations' efforts to continue contracting with the state for foster care and adoption services.
Judge John Schmidt on Thursday ruled the state does not have to contract with Catholic Charities. The organizations' 40-year history of providing foster care and adoption services does not create a protected property interest in the renewal of their contracts, the judge wrote.
Catholic Charities in the dioceses of Belleville, Joliet, Peoria and Springfield sued the state over the implementation of the new civil unions law. The organizations do not place children with any co-habiting couples, and sought to continue referring same-sex couples wanting to serve as foster care or adoptive parents to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Illinois Catholic leaders urge HHS to rescind rules mandating contraceptives coverage, criticize narrow exemption for religious employers
Leaders of Illinois' six Catholic dioceses today called for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to revoke new rules mandating insurance coverage of contraceptives and sterilization that also create an extremely narrow definition of religious organizations eligible for exemption.