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.
Senate Bill 3539, legislation to end the use of the death penalty in Illinois, passed the Illinois Senate today by a vote of 32-25, with two present votes. After passing the Illinois House last week, the bill goes next to the Governor for his consideration.
The Bishops of Illinois, through CCI, sent this statement to Senators, urging them to vote in favor of the bill.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield has issued a statement on the passage of Senate Bill 1716, authorizing civil unions for same-sex couples in Illinois.
The Catholic bishops of Illinois have written a letter in opposition to Senate Bill 1716. This legislation seeks to codify civil unions as the legal equivalent of marriage.