Springfield Bishop: No Last Rites, Funerals For Same Sex Couples 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Springfield’s bishop is reminding downstate clergy that the rules of the church aren’t the same as the rules of the state. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, issued a decree this month telling priests they are not to perform last rites, funeral masses, or communion for same sex couples. Paprocki says the law and culture may have changed, but the church’s stance on marriage has not.