-By Warner Todd Huston
Steven Ertelt reports that Illinois’ Democrat Governor Pat Quinn has come under fire by the state’s Catholic bishops for agreeing to present a leadership award to a pro-abortion group.
Quinn will present the award at a Nov. 17 event being held by Personal PAC, a pro-abortion activist group that supports pro-abortion candidates in Illinois.
Naturally, this pro-abortion group gave $5,000 to Quinn’s reelection campaign in 2010.
As mentioned, the Catholic bishops are not pleased with Quinn’s participation at the pro-abortion group’s awards event.
“We deeply regret the governor’s decision to present this award, which so closely associates him with a political action group whose purpose is contrary to the common good,” the Illinois Catholic bishops said in a joint statement in response to the news Quinn would give the award. “With this action, Gov. Quinn has gone beyond a political alignment with those supporting the legal right to kill children in their mother’s wombs to rewarding those deemed most successful in this terrible work.”
The statement stated “we reaffirm our desire and policies that those acting in the manner of the governor should not be given special recognition on church property or at functions held in support of church ministry.” Cardinal Francis George and the and bishops from the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford, Belleville and Joliet dioceses signed it.
For his part, Quinn’s office says that he is giving the award to “a woman who is a rape survivor and preeminent advocate for victims of rape”
Sadly, while he associates with abortion supporters, Governor Quinn claims to be a Catholic. Clearly he is not devout enough to agree with his own church leaders on the issue of abortion, at the very least.