Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki is a stalwart, courageous — and by all accounts, holy — pastor of his flock in Springfield. A few months ago he supported denying communion to pro-abortion Illinois senator Richard Durbin. He condemned the offensive attempt to simulate the ordinations of certain “Roman Catholic Womenpriests” at a protestant church within his diocese and declared that certain of the participants were thereby excommunicated Latae Sentiatae.
Most recently he issued a pastoral letter on a subject very dear to me and countless other Catholics: restoring the placement of the Tabernacle of the Most Blessed Sacrament to a place of prominence in all churches and oratories under his jurisdiction. Check out his letter, entitled Ars celebrandi et adorandi:
…I direct that in the churches and chapels of our diocese, tabernacles that were formerly in the center of the sanctuary, but have been moved, are to be returned as soon as possible to the center of the sanctuary in accord with the original architectural design. Tabernacles that are not in the center of the sanctuary or are otherwise not in a visible, prominent and noble space are to be moved to the center of the sanctuary; tabernacles that are not in the center of the sanctuary but are in a visible, prominent and noble space may remain.
Huzzah! Huzzah! Three Huzzahs for His Excellency, Bishop Paprocki! May the Lord plumb the depths of his humble service and draw him into even greater sacrifices for the Faith by elevating him as metropolitan Archbishop of Chicago. Amen.