Illinois bishops warn against ‘extreme’ abortion legislation in General Assembly

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, leads a rosary during the 40 Days for Life vigil last fall outside of Whole Women's Health, an abortion facility in Peoria. He and the other bishops of Illinois on Feb. 21 released a statement warning against "extreme" abortion legislation introduced last week in the state General Assembly. (The Catholic Post file photo/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following statement from the Catholic bishops of Illinois was released Feb. 21 through the Catholic Conference of Illinois. As Illinois faces so many pressing issues involving human life and dignity, it is incomprehensible that our elected officials have decided the pressing issue of the day is to enhance the chances that the […]

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Bishops invite all to participate in ‘9 Days for Life’ prayer, action campaign Jan. 14-22

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual “9 Days for Life” prayer and action campaign will run Jan. 14 to Jan. 22. Sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro Life Activities, the “9 Days” observance leads up to the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Jan. […]

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Mass with Bishop Jenky on Jan. 25 among Respect Life activities planned in January

A group from the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal sings as they process up Dearborn Avenue with thousands of other participants in last year's March for Life Chicago. The Diocese of Peoria is sponsoring a bus to this year's event on Jan. 13. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

Respect life advocates from around the Diocese of Peoria are planning to pray together and march locally, regionally and nationally as the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy approach. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is inviting all clergy, religious and faithful to join him at St. […]

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Diocese to offer “Rachel’s Vineyard’ post-abortion healing retreat March 16-18.

A Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for women and men struggling with the psychological or spiritual pain of abortion is being sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria March 16-18. The retreat, to take place in Peoria, is open to people of all faiths. Many women and men seek help after years in confusion and silence, according to […]

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Pro-life events in January include evening with bishop at cathedral Jan. 24

In addition to pro-life events such as marches and Masses, the U.S. Catholic bishops invite all to take part in 9 Days for Life, a digital pilgrimage of prayer and charitable action Jan. 18-26. To downoad the novena, sign up for daily emails, or for more information, visit

Noting that January is filled with events to pray for an end to abortion and stand up in defense of life, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is asking people to join him at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Wednesday, Jan. 24, for an evening of “prayer, penance and pilgrimage.” It will begin with Mass […]

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Taxpayer lawsuit filed in Springfield to stop Illinois’ abortion public funding bill

Catechist Joanne Dorn (right) and members of the confirmation class from St. Luke Parish in Eureka take part in a Life Chain in this 2016 file photo. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

SPRINGFIELD — A taxpayer lawsuit against State of Illinois officials was filed in Sangamon County Court on Nov. 30 in an effort to stop the implementation of House Bill 40, which expands taxpayer-subsidized abortions in the state. “The people of Illinois totally reject taxpayer-funded abortions,” said Peter Breen, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, […]

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Post editor shares ‘unique perspective’ of pro-life reporting at Respect Life Dinner

Tom Dermody, editor of The Catholic Post, shared some of the memorable stories from his 38 years of covering pro-life activity in the Diocese of Peoria as keynote speaker of the annual Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 1. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While food for thought is always served along with an excellent meal at the annual Respect Life Dinner in Peoria, guests also received helpings of praise, hope and encouragement when Tom Dermody, editor of The Catholic Post, exchanged his notebook and camera for a spot behind the microphone. More than 150 people gathered at Barrack’s […]

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Bishop Jenky leads rosary outside of Peoria’s abortion clinic as ’40 Days’ opens

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, leads about 40 people in praying the rosary outside Peoria's abortion facility on Sept. 27, the start of the 40 Days for Life campaign. In the background is the Women's Care Center, a pro-life outreach located next door to the abortion clinic. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Thanking them for their witness to the Gospel of Life, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, led about 40 persons in praying the rosary outside of Peoria’s abortion facility on Sept. 27, the start of the fall 40 Days for Life campaign. “Thank you so much, not just for being here tonight, but for all you […]

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Pro-lifers in Quad Cities grateful Planned Parenthood clinic is closing

Vicki Tyler, executive director of the Women's Choice Center of the Quad Cities, shows models illustrating human life from conception to birth to a group of young visitors to the center's mobile unit July 13 at St. Mary Church in Rock Island. The Women's Choice Center is a pro-life outreach located across the street from Planned Parenthood in Bettendorf, Iowa, which among its services has offered abortions for nearly two decades but may soon close. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BETTENDORF, Iowa — The pro-life community in the Quad Cities is expressing optimism but vowing to continue their prayer and educational efforts after learning that the Planned Parenthood clinic here is expected to close. “Obviously we are very pleased with the announcement that Planned Parenthood would close four more clinics in Iowa, including our local […]

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Chicago cardinal praises Gov. Rauner’s ‘principled stand’ to veto abortion bill

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago is seen in Chicago April 4. He praised Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for his promise to veto a bill that would use public funds for abortion. (CNS/Karen Callaway)

By Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken a “principled stand” by promising to veto a bill to allow taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees. Under the bill pending in the state General Assembly, the public money […]

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