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Rescind Bishop Paprocki's invitation at Illinois College's Baccalaureate

    1. Taylor Molandro
    2. Petition by

      Taylor Molandro

      Jacksonville, IL

"In 2007, Paprocki told a group of judges and lawyers in Michigan that monetary awards to victims of sexual abuse by priests were excessive and that the legal system needed reform."
In addition to this he stated that “Today in North America and elsewhere, the law is being used to undermine the charitable works and the religious freedom of the Church,” Paprocki said four years ago. “This attack is particularly directed against bishops and priests, since the most effective way to scatter the flock is to attack the shepherd. We must also use our religious discernment to recognize that the principal force behind these attacks is none other than the devil.”
Not only has he said these statements but, Paprocki wrote that people who vote for candidates that favor abortion rights or gay marriage are going to hell.

As quoted in the State Journal-Register “I am not telling you which party or which candidates to vote for or against, but I am saying that you need to think and pray very carefully about your vote because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy,” Paprocki wrote.
While we appreciate the effort to diversify the religious viewpoints presented on campus, we do not believe that Bishop Paprocki’s political statements reflect the kind of open and just community we are working to create here.

Illinois College Administration
Rescind Bishop Paprocki's invitation at Illinois College's Baccalaureate

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    Reasons for signing

    • Tyler Gillson JACKSONVILLE, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      I do not think by bringing this close minded individual onto our campus we will be showing that we are diverse.

    • Marcelle McMillen FORD CITY, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Why invite someone with such apparent bigotry to speak at a pivotal moment in a number of young people's college education? Why make their graduation a political event? At the very least, can't someone with a neutral stance speak? I don't think these kids want their graduation ceremonies to be remembered as platform for bigotry, rigidity and exclusionary attitudes.

    • Elizabeth Rellinger Zettler JACKSONVILLE, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I care about all of my students and all of my colleagues.

      • almost 2 years ago

      He does not champion all people and condems some good people to hell. He does not belong at IC much less at a graduation that may include some people he has condemed to hell. People should not have to feel unwelcome at graduation.

    • Dan Holmes BELVIDERE, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Students will be exposed to plenty of narrow-minded people when they leave IC. Send them into God's world full of hope. Don't let them leave a wonderful college experience with this. The other extreme would be to have Abby Hoffman speak....and you wouldn't want that either!


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