Bishop To Hold ‘Prayers of Exorcism’ On Same-Sex Marriage

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The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield plans a special prayer service the day same-sex marriage is to be signed into law. He says it's "scandalous" that so many Catholic politicians supported the legislation.

Gov. Pat Quinn is planning a big public ceremony to sign the same-sex marriage bill next Wednesday (Nov. 20) in Chicago.

An hour or so later, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will hold a sort of counter service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

In a statement, the bishop says politicians who supported same-sex marriage are “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”

But during the House debate last week, an even higher Catholic authority was cited. House Speaker Michael Madigan, quoting Pope Francis: "If someone is gay, and he searches for the lord, and he has goodwill, who am I to judge?" (Madigan was paraphrasing. The actual quote is: " [I]f a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge.")

Written By: Brian Mackey
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28 COMMENTS

  1. If this is the most serious of all sins, how come Jesus did not mention it?

    Why is it only listed in the middle of a long list of silly sins like eating owl and wearing polyester and lycra underwear?

    Why is it a sin? How does it harm anyone?

    If he is holding an exorcism, this pompous ass is effectively calling for the torture and murder of gay couples.

    • In reply to #2 by Roedy:

      Why is it a sin? How does it harm anyone?

      Here is a quote from “The Case of the Pope” by Geoffrey Robertson QC

      In 2003 he [Pope Benedict] used the same kind of spiritual blackmail to remind Catholic politicians of their solemn obligation to oppose homosexual unions because they ‘go against natural moral law’, they ‘do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity’ and because all homosexual acts ‘are a serious depravity’. The Holy See lends its diplomatic efforts – powerful and effective so long as it is treated as a state – to promoting these fundamentalist beliefs.

      Nonsense of course.

      • In reply to #15 by David W:

        Here is a quote from “The Case of the Pope” by Geoffrey Robertson QC

        In 2003 he [Pope Benedict] used the same kind of spiritual blackmail to remind Catholic politicians of their solemn obligation to oppose homosexual unions because they** ‘go against natural moral law’,**

        This RCC claim to have a monopoly on morality, is almost as comical as the historical claims of the RCC – to have a monopoly of understanding of “NATURAL LAWS”:- Given that it took them centuries to recant their stupidity on Galileo and geocentricism, while they are still only now trying to theistically fudge evolution as they gradually and partially, come out of 150 years of total denial.

        I have met some slow learners in my time, but none as slow as this lot!

        The voters need to get a grip on the issue of identifying and removing any elected retard puppets who jump to the calls of these idiots!

    • In reply to #4 by Kim Probable:

      Why not campaign this fervently against divorce? Far more people are doing it. I guess it would exclude too many paying parishioners – going after gay people is far more profitable.

      Of course. The sins you can thunder most excitedly about are the ones others will not likely accuse you of. There really should be more fulminating against owl eating and how it leads to the downfall of civilisation.

  2. Um, uh, well, the guy wears a dress and a nehru collar. He might want to consider hiring a stylist. Of course, he might then have to deal with someone who just might, be, well, you know. Of course, then he could do an exorcism. Sort of a barter. He gets style, and the allegedly gay stylist loses the devil. Bad deal. Or as the wonderful writer Jean Shepard wrote, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.”

  3. Bishop To Hold ‘Prayers of Exorcism’ On Same-Sex Marriage

    Wait, are gays supposed to be possessed, now? I thought sins didn’t involve ghosts or demons.

    In a statement, the bishop says politicians who supported same-sex marriage are “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”

    Yep, they’re moral, and they’re complicit. Good for them. The only “sin” here is acting like an intolerant prude.

    The actual quote is: ” [I]f a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge.”

    So presumably, it’s OK to judge atheist gays.

    Honestly, can we even be morally outraged at this kind of farce any more? It’s like watching a believer of voodoo mutilate dolls at you.

  4. Why do these goofy Catholics make such a fuss about gays? Because they want to outbreed the Muslims and by that means take over the world for Jesus. They don’t give a damn that the world is already running at ten times sustainable capacity.

    The same idiocy motivates them to murder abortionists and block contraception. They have even got so nuts about it, they even bully non-Catholics.

  5. In a statement, the bishop says politicians who supported same-sex marriage are “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”

    ERRRRrrrrr – that would be “morally complicit in facilitating this social equality”!

    The prayers for “Supplication and Exorcism Which May Be Used in Particular Circumstances of the Church” are taken from the Appendices to the 2004 Latin edition of the Rite of Exorcism, the introduction to which explains, “The presence of the Devil and other demons appears and exists not only in the tempting or tormenting of persons, but also in the penetration of things and places in a certain manner by their activity, and in various forms of opposition to and persecution of the church. If the diocesan bishop, in particular situations, judges it appropriate to announce gatherings of the faithful for prayer, under the leadership and direction of a priest, elements for arranging a rite of supplication may be taken from [the texts provided in these appendices].”

    OK – So the bishop has demons in the brain! Is there a psychiatrist in the house??? – Preferably one who has the use of a padded cave available – in keeping with the historic setting for these beliefs!

    “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,” he said. “All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation. We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church.”

    Clearly the voters should be watching carefully, to see which politicians are representatives of the people, and which politicians are the mind-slaves representing the RCC, who misrepresented themselves as “representatives of the people”!

  6. Bishop Paprocki noted, “The pope’s reference to the ‘father of lies’ comes from the Gospel of John (8:44), where Jesus refers to the devil as ‘a liar and the father of lies.’ So Pope Francis is saying that same-sex ‘marriage’ comes from the devil and should be condemned as such.”

    The gospel of John is one of the most anti-Jewish books ever written and is largely responsible for many of the atrocities committed against Jews by Christians for many centuries, including those committed by the Nazis. It labels Jews as “Christ killers”, even though it was actually the Romans who executed Jesus.

    Christians such as Bishop Paprock do not seem to have learned the lessons of history; they now want to use verses from the bible to persecute gays (and probably atheists).

    Fortunately the catholic church no longer has the kind of power that it used to have.

  7. My guess is that, even in the more conservative Roman Catholic Church of today (as opposed to thirty or forty years ago), most Catholics are not taking this bishop seriously. Homosexuality has never been associated with demonic possession, so exorcism is simply irrelevant. This is another of those clerics who, in their theological exuberance and antinaturalism, talk twaddle.

  8. WTF has religion, bishops, whatever, to do with someone wanting to marry the person they love?

    He probably eats shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, mussels and thinks nothing of it. Bloody hypocrite! An abomination, no less!

    He can pray all he likes. You’d think he would have realized years ago that prayers do f**k all!

  9. It takes a very high level of arrogance, insensibility and presumtuousness indeed for an individual to dare pronounce on the loving and confidential relationships between others, but there is one place where such traits are guaranteed to be found.

    Will he I wonder pray for the tens of thousands of children that his fellow practitioners have raped, or is such priestly abuse a dispensation rendered by his church?

  10. If I understand the theology correctly, a demon is one of the agents of Satan ?

    Now in my book Satan is positively lily white compared with God. The only people Satan ever killed were on God’s direct orders ! Somewhere on the internet will be an estimate of how many people this God killed, certainly in the hundreds of thousands , if not millions. And yet this priest worships that God and thinks that homosexuality is a “grave sin”.

    Like Hitchens, I’m nearly always amazed by what the religios say. So small minded and so lacking in judgement !

    • In reply to #24 by Mr DArcy:

      Somewhere on the internet will be an estimate of how many people this God killed, certain…

      One of those would be DRUNK WITH BLOOD.

      By actual count, the number killed by god is 2,476,636 and the number killed by Satan (brother of Jesus!) is 10 (the 7 sons and 3 daughters of Job). Steve Wells estimates the total killings, including collateral damage (the Flood, etc.) to be 24,634,205 and Satan racks up a whopping 60.

      Minor bragging rights: I had dinner with Steve Wells a couple weekends ago. See also his SKEPTIC’S ANNOTATED BIBLE and blog DWINDLING IN UNBELIEF.

      Steve

  11. Lets just go through the same old blibical verses which suggests what god looks like. He definitely is scary looking. For all we know the devil actually won the throne is those heavenly skies and god was actually overthrown. A god who dashes babies to the stones…..I can never imagine how anyone would want to worship this god who can stoop as low as man. You mean all the wisdom he has only amount to this and be resolved by this? By supporting this god….you have proven that you share his values and is equally despicable. What black magic has theism done to keep so much free minds under its control?

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