Yesterday, as Pat Quinn and other top elected leaders were giving amusing and heart-warming speeches leading up to the Illinois Governor’s signing of same-sex marriage into law, one Catholic Bishop was holding a marriage equality exorcism.
Yes, you read that right.
The Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, Thomas Paprocki (above) held an exorcism of same-sex marriage yesterday. Present in the audience were grammar school students.
Paprocki, dressed in a flowing purple robe, accused Governor Quinn of being “morally complicit” with the “Father of lies” — by bringing same-sex marriage to the Land of Lincoln, or, what he calls, “institutionalizing an objectively sinful reality.”
But members of the LGBT community and their allies shouldn’t be alarmed, Paprocki claimed, because “the church loves homosexual persons and looks upon them with compassion.”
“It is not hateful to say that an immoral action is sinful,” Bishop Paprocki announced in his “homily.” “On the contrary, the most compassionate thing we can do is help people to turn away from sin. To ignore another person’s wrongful actions is a sign of apathy or indifference, while fraternal correction is motivated by love for that person’s well-being, as can be seen by the fact that our Lord Jesus himself urged such correction.”
Bishop Paprocki would like all Americans, apparently, to become critics of their friends and neighbors, and chastise them for every “wrong” they commit.
“I’m not saying that anyone involved in the redefinition of marriage is possessed by the devil … but all of us are certainly subject to the devil’s evil influences and in need of protection and deliverance from evil.”
And Paprocki decided to cover all his bases, noting that “Pope Francis is saying that same-sex ‘marriage’ comes from the devil and should be condemned as such.”
It is also a deception to say that there will be no adverse effects on children being brought up in the household of a same-sex couple.
The division brought about by the Devil due to same-sex marriage may be seen in the way our society, our families and our friendships have become so divided and polarized over this issue.
Here’s Paprocki’s press conference immediately after the exorcism.
“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,” Paprocki said during the exorcism — while also speaking in Latin — the Chicago Sun-Times reports:
“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,” he continued.
In an unusual use of public services, the exorcism included two armed Springfield police officers stationed inside the church vestibule where parishioners entered from the street. At one point during the service, one of the officers strode to the front of the church, though his purpose was unclear. There were no disruptions during the hourlong event.
“Be gone Satan, father of lies, enemy of human salvation,” Paprocki said later, as he began the conclusion of the exorcism. “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.”
Marriages can begin June 1, 2014.
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