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.

Illinois bishops comment on Gov. Quinn and Personal PAC

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.

Bishop Paprocki calls court denial of stay for Catholic Charities “regrettable”

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.

Read Bishop Paprocki's Statement here , and Bishop Jenky's Statement here.