(CNSNews.com) – Shortly after Illinois’s Democratic governor signed homosexual “marriage” into law, Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki led prayers of exorcism in reparation, citing Pope Francis who, as an Argentinian cardinal in 2010 described gay marriage legislation as a “clear rejection of the law of God” and “a move of the Father of Lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
Bishop Popracki, who oversees the diocese of Springfiled, where the Illinois state legislature and governor do business, also chastised the politicians, particularly Catholic ones such as Gov. Pat Quinn, who supported or voted for homosexual marriage. “Since the redefinition of marriage is contrary to God’s plan,” said the bishop, “those who contract civil same-sex marriage are culpable of serious sin.”
“Politicians responsible for enacting civil same-sex marriage legislation are morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin,” said the bishop.
The Illinois legislature passed (61-54) the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on Nov. 6 and Gov. Pat Quinn signed it into law on Nov. 20 at the University of Illinois-Chicago, referencing Abraham Lincoln and describing gay marriage as “a triumph of Democracy.”
At the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield that same day, Bishop Paprocki, with a reported 500 people in the church, led his “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage” in Latin from the 2004 edition of the Rite of Exorcism. The bishop made clear that he was not suggesting lawmakers were possessed by demons but that the idea itself – man-man marriage or woman-woman marriage – was demonic, contrary to the natural law and God’s law.
In his homily/sermon before the prayers, Bishop Paprocki said the ceremony was needed because Gov. Quinn, himself a Catholic, by signing into law a “redefinition of civil marriage” was thus “institutionalizing an objectively sinful reality.”
Bishop Paprocki said the exorcism prayers were “intended to call attention to the diabolical influences of the Devil that have penetrated our culture, both in the State and in the Church,” adding that these “demonic influences are not readily apparent to the undiscerning eye, which is why they are do deceptive.”
In explaining that deception, the bishop quoted from Pope Francis who, as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina in June 2010, faced similar legislation. Concerning that proposal, the future Pope said, “The identity of the family, and its survival are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. … Let us not be naïve: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [that is] destructive of the plan of God. It is not a mere legislative project, but rather a ‘move’ of the Father of Lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
The “Father of Lies” reference comes from the Gospel of John (8:44), noted Bp. Paprocki, where Jesus refers to Satan as “a liar and the father of lies.” The bishop continued, “So, Pope Francis is saying that same-sex ‘marriage’ comes from the Devil and should be condemned as such.”
Bishop Paprocki also noted that Jesus cited the Book of Genesis in asking the Pharisees, “Have you not read that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female and declared, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and cling to his wife, and the two shall become one?’ Thus they are no longer two but on flesh. Therefore, let no man separate what God has joined.”
As for those who engage in homosexual marriage and those who voted for it, Bishop Paprocki said, “Since the legal redefinition of marriage is contrary to God's plan, those who contract civil same-sex marriage are culpable of serious sin. Politicians responsible for enacting civil same-sex marriage legislation are morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin. We must pray for forgiveness of these sins and deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our Church.”
In the prayers of supplication and exorcism, as provided in translation from the Latin, Bishop Paprocki led the congregants at the cathedral, praying, “I exorcise you, every unclean spirit, every power of darkness, every incursion of the infernal enemy, every diabolical legion, cohort, and faction, in the name and power of our Lord Jesus Christ. Be uprooted and put to flight from the Church of God from souls created in the image of God and redeemed by the precious blood of the divine lamb.
“Dare no more, oh cunning serpent, to deceive the human race, to persecute the church of God, to shake the chosen of God and sift them like wheat.
“Be gone Satan, father of lies, enemy of human salvation. Give way to Christ, in whom you found no trace of your works. Give way to the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic church, which Christ himself won by his blood.”
There are about 143,000 Catholics and 130 parishes in the diocese of Springfield, which stretches across 28 counties through central Illinois. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, built in 1928, is the primary church of the diocese.