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Catholic bishop to perform exorcism when Illinois gov. signs marriage bill

Gov. Pat Quinn will sign Illinois marriage equality bill into law, Nov. 20

Springfield, IL — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield says he will offer prayers of "supplication and exorcism" on Nov. 20 at approximately the same time that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs the marriage equality bill into law.

Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield
Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield
In a news release on the Diocese of Springfield's website, Paprocki said will offer "Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage" at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.

Paprocki, who leads 130 parishes in 28 counties in central Illinois, stated that "since same-sex marriage is contrary to the plan of God, those who contract civil same-sex marriage are culpable of serious sin."

A vocal opponent of Illinois marriage equality bill, Paprocki added: "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."

The prayers, according to the news release, come from the 2004 Latin edition of the Rite of Exorcism. A diocese spokesperson told BuzzFeed the "exorcism" is not what it may sound like.

"As a practicing Roman Catholic, I find it not only insane but embarrassing," Rick Garcia, policy director at The Civil Rights Agenda, told BuzzFeed.

"The bottom line is that he lost," Garcia added. "He should get over it."

Related: Illinois governor to sign marriage equality bill Nov. 20
 
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Posted by Chuck P. Kass on Fri, 11/15/2013 11:15 AM
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they really should divulge all their own gay clergy in the vatican. I would not be surprised if pope Benedict is gay. He wanted to make sure he had an ermine robe for his installation. It made my gaydar ping ;-)
Posted by Bruce Cesarek on Fri, 11/15/2013 11:18 AM
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You have got to be kidding!
Posted by Susan M Cleland on Fri, 11/15/2013 12:06 PM
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I think its time to call the Pope in to have a little conversation with this guy. Guess he didn't get the memo that the Pope said to stop judging lgbt people. If I were a Catholic in any of his diocesan churches, I'd raise heck about this one!
Posted by Suzanne Anderson-Hurdle on Fri, 11/15/2013 12:16 PM
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Waste of time
Posted by Michael Biasiello on Fri, 11/15/2013 12:48 PM
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Another person using their feelings over what is told to them. As I recall the good book says only one being has the right to judge. This father is loosing his faith in his god.

Who are you to stand against our lord's wishes.

Exorcism needs to be done on himself to rid the hate and evil satan has placed in this man.
Posted by William Stelma on Fri, 11/15/2013 12:48 PM
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Shouldn't he be doing something more productive?
Posted by Michael Biasiello on Fri, 11/15/2013 12:49 PM
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Like anyone gay cares?
Posted by Andrew W Sieber on Fri, 11/15/2013 12:56 PM
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I don't think you lot want to know my thoughts on this (this story is also on a FB LGBT page which that page is based in the UK)
Posted by Virginia K. R. Hunt on Fri, 11/15/2013 1:07 PM
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Looks like he can overlook the typhoon disasters affecting 800,000 Catholics on the other side of the globe who needs the church's prayers and instead choose to focus his time, efforts and energies on this instead. Definitely not what Jesus would do, but I guess this "expert" knows better.
Posted by CPMatt on Fri, 11/15/2013 1:32 PM
He should go to a poverty/crime ridden area of Chicago and perform the exorcism. This is the kind of negative publicity that gives Christians a bad name.
Posted by Michael Biasiello on Fri, 11/15/2013 1:43 PM
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Looks like he can overlook the typhoon disasters affecting 800,000 Catholics on the other side of the globe who need the church's prayers and instead choose to focus his time, efforts and energies on this instead. Definitely not what Jesus would do, but I guess this "expert" knows better....
Posted by CPMatt on Fri, 11/15/2013 2:48 PM
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An embarrassment for the church.
Posted by lucy on Fri, 11/15/2013 3:35 PM
What a joke!
Posted by Benny Benji on Fri, 11/15/2013 7:17 PM
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http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/11/15/uk-bullied-gay-teen-committed-suicide-by-overdosing-on-prescription-drugs-stored-at-school/
Posted by khayx on Fri, 11/15/2013 9:49 PM
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As any gay person from Springfield, Illinois knows, this Catholic Diocese has a long history of gay clergy, some of whom actively cruise in the community. Their self righteous indignation is about their denial and self hatred. Homophobic homosexuals do a lot of damage. It's the old reaction formation defense mechanism that we studied in psychology.
Posted by Robert Odeman on Sun, 11/17/2013 7:40 AM
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