Illinois Bishops “Neutral” On Abortion

Illinois Bishops “Neutral” On Abortion

ProLifeCorner– 8-1-2016 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – In a shocking Raunner 300xdevelopment the Illinois Conference of Catholic Bishops have declared themselves “neutral” on a controversial bill that would force pro-life medical professionals and pregnancy care centers to tell mothers about the “benefits” of abortion and give mothers information on where and how to end the life of her child in an abortion clinic.

Pro-lifers have worked very hard to defeat SB 1564 since it was passed in May but the Illinois Bishops, by taking a “neutral” position, have essentially sided with Planned Parenthood and the Illinois abortion lobby in criminalizing any medical professional or care center worker who refuses to send a mother to an abortion clinic. PDF This Link

SB 1564 also mandates that health care professionals and care centers tell mothers of the “benefits” of abortion. The Bishops statement says about this mandate,  we “Would rather not alter the law in any way.”  The Rockford Pro-Life Initiative is trying to figure out what the “benefits” are of the crushing of the skull, stopping the beating heart, and the brutal dismemberment of a little girl or boy in their mothers womb, but the Bishops of Illinois seem to have found something they find beneficial about this.

We don’t know why the Bishops betrayed children in the womb, mothers, and countless pro-lifers who are on the front lines defending life. Is it federal funding, politics, moral relativism, the desire to be popular with the pro-abortion liberals who run Illinois, or have the Bishops just lost the will to protect the unborn.

We do know that when the Bishops are neutral, when mothers are sent to abortion mills to kill their children, and medical professionals are forced to tell people about the “benefits” of killing children, this is a text book example of the old saying, “all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

28 thoughts on “Illinois Bishops “Neutral” On Abortion

  1. This is truly frightening. The Bishops netural when lives are at stake.

    “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to be neutral.”

  2. Greatly saddened!!! strongly supportive of life and praying against SB1564.
    We stand strong for the unborn and pray Gov. Rauner vetoes this bill. Sherrie Bicksler, Exec. Director, Freeport Pregnancy Center

    • now, more than ever, we fervently pray for lives of the unborn and also the hearts of all who introduced, supported, and in any way are celebrating this as a victory. Every life of the unborn and those considering terminating(aborting) their pregnancy are precious to our Creator God. May He strengthen all pro-life workers and enable us to continue to ‘fight the good fight’ for life. So needing and trusting Him, Sherrie

  3. Now more than ever – we will be relying on God to guide us. We need to continue to be in prayer for those who know how and have the legal positions to fight and overturn SB1564. We need to pray for God to lead and open doors for Care centers and physicians and others who cannot go along with this bill.
    ED: Amen

  4. I would not have believed this story if you didn’t have the link to the Bishops statement.
    What happened, why did they do this?

  5. This is so sad and unbelievable knowing how much the Pregnancy Centers have and are doing for those in need. What are the benefits they are supposed to share with their clients? I had an unplanned pregnancy and the child had a severe birth defect and it was the best thing that happened to me, I knew God was in control and needed to be LORD over my life.
    On our first trip to Europe which was not a Christian trip, the guide mentioned that the King of Belgium had to abdicate the throne for one day as he was Catholic and the people wanted to make abortion legal. She said he still died not too long after that at a very young age.

  6. The Rockford Pro-Life Initiative is trying to figure out what the “benefits” are of the crushing of the skull, stopping the beating heart, and the brutal dismemberment of a little girl or boy in their mothers womb, but the Bishops of Illinois seem to have found something they find beneficial about this.


  7. This has Cupichs finger prints all over it. Neutral as babies are slaughtered.

    Revelations 3:16 ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

  8. No wonder the Diocese was silent on the Sandra Mendoza case. They were “neutral” all the time. They were “neutral” to the fact this good woman lost her job for defending life. The are “neutral” when children are referred to abortion mills.

  9. Neutral???????? How can they be neutral????? If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful.

    We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

  10. The bold betrayal of the unborn by Cupich and IL bishops is monstrous. It is easy to give in to the world Mr Cupich.

  11. I now know how Jesus felt
    Jesus was first betrayed by His own, the Pharisees. Then He was betrayed by one of the 12, Judas. And then He was betrayed by the political leader of the time, Pontius Pilate, who wanted to remain “neutral”. There is no such thing as being neutral. By being “neutral” Pilate signed Jesus’ death warrant; he allowed the Pharisees and the people to do whatever they wanted.
    The so-called “neutral” position of the Bishops is a total betrayal of Jesus Christ, and His church.
    It is my understanding that the Bishops of Illinois helped draw up this document. How dare they allege that they are being neutral when they helped draft this freedom destroying legislation. It saddens me to say this, but the Bishops are lying to themselves and to us. They will be held accountable by our Lord and for any babies that die as a result of this legislation. The blood of those babies murdered by abortion will cry out from all of eternity. May our Lord give His Bishops the Holy Spirit so they may turn away from the world and back to the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Also may our Lord give to us His strength so that we can remain faithful to His Church and her teaching.
    May God have mercy upon their souls, and upon us who will suffer because of cowardice and betrayal.
    Frank J. Munda

  12. GREAT POINT “It is my understanding that the Bishops of Illinois helped draw up this document. How dare they allege that they are being neutral when they helped draft this freedom destroying legislation.”

  13. But don’t bother pope francis at Auschwitz – he’s PRAYING! Too bad there hasn’t been a murder at Auschwitz in in 61 years. But 100,000 babies are murdered in abortion EVERY DAY! How perverse these prelates are!

  14. Please read the bill before stating that the bill requires a medical professional to discuss the benefits of abortion. After the section that adds the word ‘benefit’ the bill says, ” provided, however, the such physician shall be under no duty to perform, assist, counsel, suggest, recommend, refer or participate in any way in any form of medical practice or health care service that is contrary to his or her conscience.” The bill does not mandate a referral either. Those who say so are misrepresenting what the bill says,
    ED: Thank you for your input, I pray you are right, look out for the loopholes, the small print, and the vague interpretations of this legislation.

    • Mr. G, You sound like a good man, an optimist who looks on the bright side of things. But the editor has it right SB 1564 will be interpreted by our baby killing state officials. Look out Doctors and Preg Care Centers the pro-aborts will be coming for you if you defend life.

  15. A quote from St. Athanasius who was known as the Father of Orthodoxy and the first Doctor of the Church “The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of Bishops.” He was also excommunicated by the Pope.

    Some G.K. Chesterton quotes:

    I want a church that moves the world not one that moves with it.

    There are many ways to fall but only one way to stand.

    Don’t be so open-minded that your brains fall out.

    A quote from Jesus Christ “Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth.” Luke 18:8

  16. I believe the real problem remains with the lack of fervent defense of life the bishops are displaying. As we all know, laws are twisted to suit the agendas of those writing them.
    We MUST cease being timid and quiet about our beliefs or risk being little different from those remaining “neutral.” The Lord challenged the leaders who dictated wrongly; follow Him and do the same. If we are forced to give information about abortions, show videos of abortions, photos of the dead babies, describe the procedures, then let the woman decide the “benefit.” And, of course there will be shills who come to the centers, of course there will be legal challenges, and of course we will stand for God’s word.

  17. Dear Bishops,

    First they came for the pro-life Doctors, and I remained neutral —
    Because I was not a Doctor.

    Then they came for the pro-life Nurses, and I remained neutral—
    Because I was not a Nurse.

    Then they came for the Pregnancy Care Centers, and I remained neutral—
    Because I did not work in a Pregnancy Care Center.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    ED: Thank you, well said. Let us pray that this will not come to pass.

  18. The picture you used of Cupich and Rauner is very misleading. That picture was taken March 9 2015, by the Tribune.

    Cupich did NOT meet with Rauner after he signed SB1564. And as
    odious as Cupich may be at least do not lie about him. You need to make an apology and retract this part of your article.

    Gary Sarsok Pro Life Volunteer Lake County IL
    Thank you for your input. We will certainly look into your allegation.
    Might I suggest that the Bishop apologize to all Christians for being a part of this evil legislation.

    • Fat chance, Cupich unfortunately is of the ilk that thinks his conscience rules supreme, but his conscience apparently is not well formed. As you may know Rauner was given Holy Communion at a mass at Holy Name said by Cupich.

  19. No where in the story does it suggest they met to sign the child killing bill. It’s simply a picture of Cupich laughing it up with the pro mass murderer of children Rauner. And in fact right in the picture itself you see the immigration sign.

    This picture would be similar to seeing a Catholic Bishop having a few laughs with a Himmler or Adolf Eichmann.

    Speaking of Cupich did he ever apologize for banning Priests in his old Diocese from helping and praying for mothers outside of abortion mills.

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