News

Bishop Weighs-In on Hobby Lobby Decision

Bishop Weighs-In on Hobby Lobby Decision

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

This time of year gives us a chance to consider our freedoms, and the leader of the 28-county Catholic Diocese of Springfield says that should include religious freedom.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki describes how he, meeting with fellow bishops, created the Fortnight for Freedom: “It was our first meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty,” he says. “I was very much aware of the Feast of St Thomas More, beginning on June 22, and trying to tie that in to the Fourth of July.”

In his remarks, Paprocki says the media are misrepresenting the “Hobby Lobby” decision, leading the public to believe that the employers in the Supreme Court case oppose contraception. In truth, Paprocki says, the business owners involved are not even Catholic; they are opposed to some forms of contraception which could be considered “chemical abortion.” That, says Paprocki, is just as offensive as “physical abortion.”

A few dozen people of faith, not all of them Catholic, gathered for readings, prayers, and songs in the noon-hour sunshine next to the Abe Lincoln statue in front of the Capitol.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Chicago Lawyer Named to Monitor IDOT Hiring

Noelle Brennan

Noelle Brennan appointed to monitor hiring practices at IDOT.

in Local

Illinois Quarantine for Those Who Touched Ebola Patients

Quarantine

IDPH calls for 21 day quarantine for those exposed to Ebola virus.

in Local

Illinois GOP Unhappy About Counting of Absentee Ballots

voter

State GOP alleges law is not being followed in counting of absentee ballots.

in Local

Jacksonville Police Have “Person of Interest” in Shooting, No One in Custody

gun

Jacksonville Police say they have someone they want to interview in a shooting death from Friday morning.

in Local

Next Generation of Business Leaders Learn From an Internet Pro

computer

Dozens of area high school students spent their morning with a top executive in the social media world