Thomas John Paprocki, the Catholic bishop of Springfield is deeply outraged that same-sex marriage is about to become legal in Illinois. In fact, he believes Satan is behind the whole thing. So when Gov. Pat Quinn signs the marriage equality bill into law on Nov. 20, the bishop plans to hold an exorcism ceremony to offer “prayers of supplication and exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” at the Springfield cathedral.
In a Thursday press release, Bishop Paprocki stated that Pope Francis also said that “same-sex ‘marriage’ comes from the devil and should be condemned as such.” He quoted from a statement against the redefinition of civil marriage made by the pope while he was still a cardinal in Argentina in 2010 to justify the claim.
According to the press release, the service the bishop plans to make on the 20th comes from “the 2004 Latin edition of the Rite of Exorcism, the introduction to which explains, ‘The presence of the Devil and other demons appears and exists not only in the tempting or tormenting of persons, but also in the penetration of things and places in a certain manner by their activity, and in various forms of opposition to and persecution of the church.’”
In the same document, Paprocki also condemned as “serious sin” not only the act of participating in same-sex marriage ceremonies, but the actions of the politicians who are “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”
“’It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions despite the clear teaching of the church,’ he said. ‘All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation. We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church.’”
The Catholic Diocese of Springfield, for which Bishop Paprocki is responsible, has 130 parishes in 28 counties in central Illinois.
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