Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) was barred from receiving Holy Communion by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., after his recent vote against a bill that would have banned late-term abortions.
From The Washington Examiner: Paprocki, who heads the Roman Catholic community in the Springfield area, made his decision last week to ban the senator from receiving the sacrament after the Senate failed to pass The Pain-Capable Unborn Children’s Act last month.
The act, which failed to win the 60 votes needed to advance the bill in the Senate, would have prohibited abortion procedures after 20 weeks after conception.
“Fourteen Catholic senators voted against the bill that would have prohibited abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization, including Sen. Richard Durbin, whose residence is in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois,” Paprocki wrote in a statement. He made the decision last week, but it reported widely on Wednesday.