Ill. Bishop Paprocki issues statement on civil union legislation

Illinois Bishop Thomas John Paprocki / KHQA file photo

The following is a press release directly from Illinois Bishop Thomas John Paprocki:

After the Illinois House of Representatives approved legislation that would require the state to recognize same-sex unions, Governor Pat Quinn was quoted as saying, My religious faith animates me to support this bill.

He did not say what religious faith that would be, but it certainly is not the Catholic faith.

If the Governor wishes to pursue a secular agenda for political purposes, that is his prerogative for which he is accountable to the voters. But if he wishes to speak as a Catholic, then he is accountable to Catholic authority, and the Catholic Church does not support civil unions or other measures that are contrary to the natural moral law.

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