(The Blaze) Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.) is banned from receiving communion by the bishop of Durbin’s Catholic diocese in Springfield, Illinois, until the senator “repents” of his pro-abortion “sin.”

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki noted in a Feb. 13 news release that Durbin’s longtime voting record in support of abortion constitutes “obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin.” Therefore, Paprocki declared, the senator “is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of this sin.”

“This provision is intended not to punish, but to bring about a change of heart,” the bishop continued. “Sen. Durbin was once pro-life. I sincerely pray that he will repent and return to being pro-life.”

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