Senator Richard Durbin was one of the 14 Catholics to vote against the bill to protect unborn children: he will therefore no longer be admitted to the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
In a statement dated February 13, 2018, Bishop John Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, decreed that because of his “obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin”, Senator Richard Durbin “is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of this sin.”
One month earlier, the American Senate failed to forbid abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy because of 14 Catholic senators who voted against the bill supported by the Trump administration.
Bishop Paprocki based his decision on Church law, that stipulates that those who “persist obstinately in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
This provision is intended to “to bring about a change of heart”, explained the prelate, adding that “Senator Durbin was once pro-life. I sincerely pray that he will repent and return to being pro-life.” 73-year-old Richard Durbin is a member of the Democratic Party.
When the Democrat candidate John Kerry visited Michigan during the 2004 presidential campaign, Cardinal Raymond Burke – then archbishop of St. Louis – refused him Communion for the same reasons.