Using the Gospel as a cudgel


The Rev. Thomas Paprocki, bishop of the Springfield, Ill. diocese.

I was drawn recently to the story of the Thomas Paprocki, the Catholic bishop of Springfield, Ill., who has called on priests in his jurisdiction to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions.

This is not new, of course, though it is unusual that a Christian “leader” would do something like this in a non-election year. The last time I recall this occurring was during the presidency of Bill Clinton, when evangelical Christian “leaders” — many of them the same people who urged their flocks to vote for The Current President in the past election — were outraged by Mr. Clinton’s dalliance with an intern and suggested he should be excommunicated.

They wanted him impeached as well, but they likely knew that people such as serial adulterer Newt Gingrich and yet-to-be unmasked pedophile Denny Hastert…

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