Bishop Paprocki stages exorcism as gay marriage becomes law: ‘Be gone Satan’

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Before a mostly full cathedral, the head of the capital city’s Roman Catholic flock looked both to the heavens and to Gov. Pat Quinn’s bill-signing ceremony for same-sex marriage Wednesday and uttered three words in Latin: “I exorcise you.”

With that, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki staged an unusual — and in Illinois, unprecedented — exorcism that asked God to “deliver us from evil” of a Quinn-led change in state law that will permit gay and lesbian couples to wed in Illinois despite the Catholic Church’s objections.

Wearing a flowing purple robe, Paprocki told as many as 500 followers that included grammar school students, office workers who clocked out early and retirees that he didn’t intend to suggest that Quinn or any other Illinois leader is possessed by the devil.

Instead, during his homily, Paprocki said the service was necessitated, essentially, to undo the work of the devil. The governor and his allies who pushed through the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act are “morally complicit” in advancing gay marriage, a ritual Paprocki said Pope Francis – as an Argentinean cardinal – has declared a sin and a tool of the “father of lies.”

Written By: Dave McKinney
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22 COMMENTS

  1. .Who gives a fig about the RCC’s objections? Nobody’s asking them to marry same sex partners

    With all the exorcisms conducted from the church’s inception, you’d think there wouldn’t be a single minion of Satan left to plague people.WHEN are these people going to leave the Dark Ages?!

  2. With that, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki staged an unusual — and in Illinois, unprecedented — exorcism that asked God to “deliver us from evil” of a Quinn-led change in state law that will permit gay and lesbian couples to wed in Illinois despite the Catholic Church’s objections.

    OOOOooh! The government is governing on behalf of the people. The Catholic Church does not call the shots or make the laws.

    Get over it sheeples – and see if you can find a safe home for old demon-brain, where he can flaunt his party dress and rant to his heart’s content, without bothering normal people.

    • In reply to #2 by Alan4discussion:

      Get over it sheeples – and see if you can find a safe home for old demon-brain, where he can flaunt his party dress and rant to his heart’s content, without bothering normal people.

      I forgot – they already have a home for deluded geriatrics in dresses!

      Perhaps he can join Ratzi and they can exorcise each other’s demons as a masochist variation on “same-sex marriage”!
      !

  3. If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t enter into one.

    The rest of the world is not bound by your religious dogma, and it is arrogant in the extreme to try to impose you miserable little cult’s rules on the rest of us.

  4. Who is he talking to? Surely a bishop needs permission of the exorcisee to perform such a ceremony. There is a legal precedent. Some exorcist got in hot water for kidnapping and exorcising people.

  5. Yet again the Catholic Church finds ways to make itself look stupid. It’s bishops think that if you do not do as they say, then you must be in league with the devil and then out comes the inevitable hissy fit.

  6. “…a tool of the Father of lies” huh?

    Begs the question, how would we know if we were dealing with the Father of lies?

    I’m thinking he’d probably go by the official title of Father, and I reckon he’d be involved in some kind of massive global coverup or conspiracy in some way whilst posing as a moral authority. He’d probably deflect the blame a lot too.

    Gee, can’t think of anyone who fits that bill… maybe I could ask a priest?

  7. What did the Devil ever do ? OK he killed a few people on God’s direct orders, and he tempted Jesus, knowing full well he could never succeed. Compared with God, Satan is positively saintly !

    The great “deceiver” here is the RCC and its weird bunch of beliefs, rituals, and self importance.

    Oh, and who was to blame for the Philippines’ hurricane ? Satan or God ?

  8. He declared that dressing in a flowing purple robe was a sure sign of BOTH possession by the devil AND being a closeted homosexual this continued until he looked down and realized the HE was wearing a flowing purple robe and was both possessed by the devil and a closeted homosexual.

    Reminds me of a Python sketch: Cleese standing knee deep in water and in a twit’s voice:
    “I propose we tax all people standing in water….” looks down and sheepishly walks off camera.

  9. Druids with disabilities is please to announce at the magic hour of four twenty we through magic meatballs at Springfield and the Bishops magic was negated and the Druid magic made him look silly.

    We all should believe in the magic of climate change denying Catholic Bishops who that week lost a good portion of the Philippines.

  10. Why does the bishop think the most important problem to tackle on earth is that gay people are not miserable enough yet?

    Why does it even matter at all? He won’t even get to enjoy his shadenfreude by direct observation.

    Usually in these cases the bishop is fighting internal desires, and feels a need to grandstand like this to assert his heterosexuality.

  11. “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.

    So he’s doing nothing (exorcising) about things that exist in his imagination, with the power of something else in his imagination. And people actually went to this service?

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