By Manya Brachear Pashman Tribune reporter
7:23 a.m. CST, November 15, 2013
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said he will offer prayers for “exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” at the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the same-sex marriage bill next week.
Paprocki said he will offer the prayers intended to cast out evil at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the state’s capital Wednesday.
“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,” Paprocki said in a statement.
By Manya Brachear Pashman Tribune reporter
There are so many good bishops right now in the U.S., but I can’t help but suspect God’s providence particularly placed this clear-speaking bishop in Illinois. :o
Also scandalous that Catholic non-politicians have done so and are still doing so.
Bishop Paprocki, out front again, leading the way. An “exorcism” is totally appropriate and I pray God’s shepherds be protected and given strength against this Satan-inspired battle.
Good for him. I hope the media doesn’t distort this too much.
Yea, but don’t hold your breath!
Grace & Peace!
What is it, exactly, that the Bishop will be exorcising?
Under the Mercy,
All is Grace and Mercy! Deo Gratias!
Wow! I’ve never heard of anything like this! Interesting!
Don’t I know. I’m just being optimistic. Watch as someone tries to spin this as “Stone Age superstition”. And God forbid that someone like Richard Dawkins gets hold of it…
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki to Offer “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-sex Marriage”
SPRINGFIELD — Scheduled for approximately the same time that Gov. Pat Quinn signs into Illinois law the redefinition of civil marriage, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will offer “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage” at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sixth and Lawrence streets in Springfield, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. Clergy, religious and laity are invited to attend.
“The context for this prayer service may be understood by recalling the words of Pope Francis when he faced a similar situation as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2010,” Bishop Paprocki said.
Regarding the proposed redefinition of civil marriage in Argentina, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote on June 22, 2010: “The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex. The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have with a father and a mother is in jeopardy. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts. … Let us not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] destructive of the plan of God. It is not a mere legislative project (this is a mere instrument), but rather a ‘move’ of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
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 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].”
Bishop Paprocki said that since same-sex marriage is contrary to the plan of God (see Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6 and Mark 10:6-9), those who contract civil same-sex marriage are culpable of serious sin. He also noted that politicians who enacted civil same-sex marriage legislation are “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”
“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.”
Bishop Paprocki concluded, “Pope Francis has also urged us to be mindful of God’s mercy, so it is good to recall the profound expression of divine mercy uttered by Jesus as he was dying on the cross to save us from our sins, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do’ (Luke 23:34).”
The Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is 130 parishes in 28 counties in central Illinois.
Well, I’m don’t think he is going to worry about some bishop in Ill. Maybe if the bishops were more proactive in dealing with “catholic” politicians that support this stuff in the first place and gave more homilies against it or try to explain why the Church teaches what it teaches to educate the faithful in a culture that is rotting away and taking too many of our own with it. One can preach against this stuff but it does come down to educating in the why which takes time and energy. I think this Bishop is brave to do so since like you are pointing out, it will be misunderstood by others. I think the Church needs to swing back to homilies that are more instructional than inspirational to keep Catholics faithful in a faithless society.
Fully agreed with you on all points, and particularly this one. Inspirational homilies are a particular plague in my own parish, as well! Instructional homilies, especially those based on the Readings and Gospel in conjunction with authentic Church teaching, are sorely needed.
We need to pray for our Bishops for them to be strong and faithful.
Re:* “It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation* . . .” brings to mind the letter the dying Sen. Ted Kennedy sent to Pope B XVI asking for understanding or attempting to clear his conscience or justify some of his choices. (altho he never mentioned his unwavering support for abortion and partial birth abortion) So many “healthy” Catholic politicians are indifferent to the 4 Last Things.
This link doesn’t work for me. I get “403 error.” Is it just me?
Works for me. Try this also.
This isn’t exclusively a religious issue since marriage between one man and one woman follows the natural design of our bodies which predates every religion and goes all the way back to the beginning of the human race. But in our Catholic theology of the body and theology of the domestic church the husband symbolically represents Christ, and the wife represents the Church (Eph. 5:21-33). So-called “same-sex marriage” symbolically separates Christ from the Church. A “marriage” between two men would symbolize Christ without the Church, and a “marriage” between two women would symbolize the Church without Christ. And Satan, wanting to destroy us, wants to separate us from Jesus who can save us. That is why the concept of so-called “same-sex marriage” is Satanic at its root. And that’s why exorcism is appropriate for this.
Excellent. No one on these forums will disagree with the Good Bishop. This is appropriate in the face of a diabolical fraud
Doesn’t work for me, either. Anyway, thank you for responding.