Illinois Bishop To Hold Exorcism For ‘Sin of Same-Sex Marriage’

By Barbara Hollingsworth | November 15, 2013 | 12:28pm EST


Bishop Thomas Paprocki (Diocese of Springfield, Ill.)

( – As Gov. Pat Quinn signs a bill in Chicago on Wednesday making Illinois the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage, Bishop Thomas Paprocki, the Roman Catholic prelate of Springfield, will be performing an exorcism ceremony “in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage”

“We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church,” the bishop, who testified against the measure before the state legislature in January, declared in a statement.

Quinn, a Catholic, has announced he will sign the bill. “Marriage equality is coming to Illinois. I look forward to signing this landmark legislation on November 20 and celebrating a big step forward with the people of Illinois,” the governor said.

Earlier this month, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, also a Catholic, cited Pope Francis’ recent “Whom am I to judge?” comment regarding gay members of the clergy to justify his support of the same-sex marriage bill, which passed on November 5th.

Without naming Quinn or Madigan, Paprocki accused Catholic politicians of “twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions.”

“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,” Paprocki said.

“All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation,” the bishop stated while announcing the “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage,” which will be held in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (AP photo)

“The context for this prayer service may be understood by recalling the words of Pope Francis when he faced a similar situation as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2010,” Paprocki said.

“Regarding the proposed redefinition of civil marriage in Argentina, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote on June 22, 2010: ‘The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here…Let us not be naïve: it is not a simple political struggle…but rather a move of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.’

“The pope’s reference to the ‘father of lies’ comes from the Gospel of John, where Jesus refers to the devil as ‘a liar and the father of lies,’” the bishop added. “So Pope Francis is saying that same-sex ‘marriage’ comes from the devil and should be condemned as such.”

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