Thomas Paprocki http://wuis.org en Politics, Romance, Practicality and Religion Mix in Marriage Debate http://wuis.org/post/politics-romance-practicality-and-religion-mix-marriage-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back on Valentine's Day, the state Senate approved legislation that would allow gays and lesbians to get married in Illinois.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hope then was that Illinois would become the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage.&nbsp; Eight months later, it still hasn't happened. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:40:32 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11510 at http://wuis.org Politics, Romance, Practicality and Religion Mix in Marriage Debate Springfield Bishop Bars Same Sex Marriage Supporters From Cathedral http://wuis.org/post/springfield-bishop-bars-same-sex-marriage-supporters-cathedral <p align="left">Springfield Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki sent this memo out earlier in the day Tuesday, prior to the march and rally in support of same sex marriage at the statehouse:</p><p align="left">The Rainbow Sash Movement has encouraged Roman Catholics to come to Springfield to “have a loud Catholic presence for marriage equality.” They have announced plans to gather at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 4:30 p.m. just before the 5:15 p.m. Mass to stand in the Cathedral and indicate that they are there to pray the rosary for “marriage equality.”</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:54:51 +0000 Sean Crawford 11491 at http://wuis.org Springfield Bishop Bars Same Sex Marriage Supporters From Cathedral Former Jacksonville Priest Under Investigation For Abuse http://wuis.org/post/former-jacksonville-priest-under-investigation-abuse <p>A priest who formerly served at a Jacksonville church is under investigation for sexual misconduct.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Springfield Diocese issued a statement saying the Reverend Robert "Bud" DeGrand has temporarily withdrawn from the ministry.&nbsp;&nbsp; He most recently was involved with parishes in east central Illinois in Sigel, Neoga, Green Creek and Lillyville.<br> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:49:26 +0000 Sean Crawford 9250 at http://wuis.org Former Jacksonville Priest Under Investigation For Abuse Handcuffed Priest Returning To Ministry http://wuis.org/post/handcuffed-priest-returning-ministry <p>A priest found handcuffed in a church rectory in Springfield last year is returning to the ministry.&nbsp; The Springfield Diocese issued a statement today saying Father Thomas Donovan will serve as a chaplain to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in Alton. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:36:08 +0000 Sean Crawford 8800 at http://wuis.org Handcuffed Priest Returning To Ministry Springfield Catholic Leader Responds To Supreme Court Rulings http://wuis.org/post/springfield-catholic-leader-responds-supreme-court-rulings <p></p><p>The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield says the nation's high court has given "legal protection to an intrinsic evil" by striking down the <em>Defense of Marriage Act</em> and not defending California's <em>Proposition 8</em>. &nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/717753-paprockistatementondoma.html">In a statement Wednesday</a>, Reverend Thomas John Paprocki went on to call the Supreme Court's rulings "hollow decisions" that are "devoid of moral authority". &nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:54:20 +0000 Peter Gray 4852 at http://wuis.org Springfield Catholic Leader Responds To Supreme Court Rulings