Durbin Touts Pro-Catholic Record

In April, the Illinois Catholic was stunned by the public statements of a priest in his hometown of Springfield who said he would refuse to administer Holy Communion to the Democrat over his support for abortion rights.

Durbin's scorecard gave him an overall score of just over 60 percent in support of positions taken by the bishops. They covered a wide variety of issues including not only abortion but such other matters as immigration and housing.

Durbin's score was the second highest of the 24 Catholic senators whose records were analyzed.

Durbin's staff says the scorecard covered a total of 48 votes or actions senators have taken regarding 24 domestic and international issues in the current 108th Congress, and one from the previous Congress on the Iraqi War Resolution.