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So, Here’s What Happens During A Catholic Exorcism Of Same-Sex Marriage

by David Badash on November 21, 2013

in News,Politics,Religion

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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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{ 9 comments }

User2post November 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm

These believers in God go a long long and strange way in propagating their ignorance, fear and hatred, and call it "love". So many aspects of the word "love" that they fail to understand.

alanspage November 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Man in fancy dress flings water about. Nobody knows why, except Jesus and he's dead.

SocialFlutterby November 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Jesus wouldn't recognise that charlatan.

russellsvocation November 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm

So, did it work?
Oh, wait, gay marriage is still legal in Illinois.
So, I guess that would be a NO.
Your move Bishop Paprocki.

65snake November 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm

This line got me: "“It is not hateful to say that an immoral action is sinful,”"

okay, but define immoral? because I just don't see where two people being in a long term committed relationship is immoral, and I don't see where physical expression of that love and commitment is immoral, either.

of course, I just don't see where sexual expression of any kind (with consenting adults) is immoral, but the specific topic at hand is gay marriage.

cipher November 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Firstly, why does God need a priest to perform a ritual to banish evil? Why can't he just do it himself?

Secondly, same sex marriage is still legal in Illinois, so apparently, the good Bishop doesn't have much influence.

smjaeger November 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I think we need to explain very slowly and carefully to Bishop Poprocks that his definition of morality is not everyone's definition, and that those definition's have changed over time. At one time his church put people to death for being witches or heretics, crusades were called kill other Christians (Cathars) let alone the heathen Muslims, at one time they sold indulgences so people could buy their way to heaven, at one time the woman was owned by her husband as was the properties that came with her. The husband could do what he wanted to them all with the blessing of the church, especially if the church got a huge chunk of the change in the process. So I think his moral certitude is a bit put-on and deserving only of a laugh except that there are people who will believe him.
Secondly, why were grammar school children involved in this? Nothing more was said in the report but having impressionable children at an exorcism, even one this goofy, should be automatically considered abuse. Exposing child to that much hatred and venom and out right evil (he's the one committing evil, not the gay marriages), should mean he's brought up on abuse. How is an exorcism any different than watching a hanging or an execution (other than it doesn't work). Hopefully the kids thought it was just a joke and not something purported to drive out evil, but if even one child has one nightmare from this then he should go to jail.

Robroberts2013 November 22, 2013 at 2:54 am

The Catholic zchurch is getting stunningly irrelevant.

LOrion November 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

SHARING…. especially the ‘quote’ from Pope Francis…. tweeted straight to @PONTIFEX

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