Illinois bishop plans gay-marriage exorcism
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Illinois is planning an exorcism for the state after it approved gay marriage.
November 15th, 2013
10:10 AM ET

Illinois bishop plans gay-marriage exorcism

By Daniel Burke, Belief Blog Co-editor

(CNN) - The devil made them do it?

According to a Catholic bishop in Springfield, Illinois, Satan was behind his state's recent legalization of same-sex marriage.

So, next Wednesday, at about the same time Gov. Pat Quinn signs the gay marriage bill into law, Bishop Thomas Paprocki will hold an exorcism ceremony "in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage."

Paprocki, who's something of an expert on exorcism, says he's just following the Pope's marching orders.

When Pope Francis, then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, was an archbishop in Argentina, he called that country's legalization of same-sex marriage "a 'move' of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God."

In a statement released on Thursday, Paprocki said: "The pope's reference to the 'father of lies' comes from the Gospel of John, 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."

Since his election as Pope in March, Francis seems to have taken a less combative approach to homosexuality. At a news conference in July, for example, he said "Who am I to judge?" a gay person who seeks to be a good person.

Illinois politicians - including Catholics - cited the Pope's words when explaining their support for the state's same-sex marriage bill.

In September, the Pope said the church has no right to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians and chided Catholics who "obsess" about fighting culture war issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.

MORE ON CNN: Pope Francis: Church can't 'interfere' with gays

But Paprocki calls same-sex marriage "contrary to the plan of God" and says all Catholics who support it - from legislators to county clerks who issue marriage licenses - are "culpable of serious sin."

The bishop has invited priests and lay Catholics to his exorcism ceremony, officially called "“Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage,” which is scheduled for November 20 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Illinois.

Paprocki says the ceremony will follow the Catholic Church's Rite of Exorcism, which explains that Satan not only possesses people, he can also invade places and things, including the church itself.

"We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church," Paprocki said.

Exorcism is experiencing something of a renaissance in the United States, with the Catholic bishops recruiting dozens of priests to perform the ancient rite. Paprocki is among the bishops leading the recruiting drive.

- CNN Belief Blog Editor

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Culture wars • Faith • Gay marriage • Gay rights • Pope Francis

soundoff (3,013 Responses)
  1. Tim

    Living in this bishops reign saddens me. I wish the church would do more to keep their so called celibate ministers from molesting boys than condemning people who want to be in a real relationship in an adult setting. This reminds me of some Christian churches objections to mixed marriages or civil rights in the 50's. These people will never change. Move on and seek a Christianity filled with compassion to other people than this garbage. Stone throwers will never change. Ignore them.

    December 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
  2. Who are we to judge

    I believe the bible says things such as "Judge not lest ye be judged" and "no sin is greater than the next" so why is the bishop saying this is a "serious sin". Christianity is supposed to be about loving others and leading them to Christ. This is why it's so hard for me to step back into a church setting, people do not show love and don't want to.

    November 30, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
  3. http://www.apexscaffold.co.uk/img/home-masthtead11.asp?p=19

    What took place on the boy or girl was entirely deplorable, as doing issues even worse by some sort of revenge assault on Shovell or his spouse and children could well be.
    http://www.apexscaffold.co.uk/img/home-masthtead11.asp?p=19 http://www.apexscaffold.co.uk/img/home-masthtead11.asp?p=19

    November 28, 2013 at 3:35 am |
  4. Jozef


    November 26, 2013 at 7:37 am |
    • james

      worth watching and the scriptural references tell a great story. I wonder what religion Jozef is pert of. I would think they were not represented at this farce. thanks, jo, j

      November 26, 2013 at 11:25 am |
      • Read/warch this

        Published on Oct 25, 2013

        Peter Boghossian is a Philosophy professor at Portland State College, where his main focus is bringing the tools of professional philosophers to people in a wide variety of contexts. Dr. Boghossian's primary research areas are critical thinking and moral reasoning. His is the author of the forthcoming book A Manual for Creating Atheists.


        Pope might not like it though.

        November 26, 2013 at 11:31 am |
        • james

          what a waste of time, thanks, j

          November 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
        • james

          atheists are not created, they are produced by false religions of which there are many.

          November 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
        • Science Works

          Craetionist – ICR and the Discovery Insti-tue are are the worst maybe!

          How whales made the dramatic evolutionary shift from land to the sea

          Minke whale genome and aquatic adaptation in cetaceans


          November 26, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
        • Science Works

          Correction – Creationists

          November 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
  5. JT

    your sins are forgiven... now go and sin no more

    November 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
    • Harry

      In my version of Christianity, I'm allowed to wash away all my sins simply by enjoying a well made cocktail. It's so easy and it WORKS like a charm. More than that, He loves the simplicity of it. He has told me in so many ways. Amen.

      November 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • Observer


      Are you mainly talking to the MILLIONS of Christians who are ADULTERERS because they divorced and remarried?

      So are you telling them to DIVORCE immediately?

      November 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
      • lol??

        The usurper beast rewards divorce. Ya get what ya pay for. Mama rules.

        Hagar didn't get half of Abe's stuff and the kids.

        November 26, 2013 at 8:00 am |
      • lol??

        Share those wymen. Make Hegel proud. Elect an Outlaw or Hells Angel today!!

        November 26, 2013 at 8:06 am |
    • Jozef


      November 26, 2013 at 7:37 am |
    • Ardeare

      Why bring Protestants into this?

      November 27, 2013 at 1:40 am |
    • Now that's just stupid...

      If I sin, I ask forgiveness and I am forgiven. The more I sin, the more I am forgiven, making me a better christian. You seem to be missing the whole point of the sin/forgiveness cycle.

      November 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
  6. yoozyerbrain

    gross- typical catholic but gross...superst ition sucks!

    November 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
  7. lol??

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Why teach s*ex or evolution in school?? Both carnal and the adherents think they invented it.

    November 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
  8. Fr33th1nk3r

    Too bad we cannot exorcise garden-variety stupidity in this country– and people like Rev. Thomas Paprocki and young-earth creationists would mysteriously vanish from the face of the earth.

    November 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • DaveYoung

      You sound like a "hater".

      November 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
    • lol??

      That socie has the ovens already lit.

      November 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
    • Now that's just stupid...

      It is prophesied in the Bible, causing great havoc on earth when, for instance, Christian airline pilots are whisked naked from their seats. But following that great calamity a thousand years of peace will follow because all the stupid people will be gone. Read Revelation-–a five star read for any true believer that's into the writings of a over imbibed hallucinating prophet.

      November 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
  9. soican

    Sick! Why does religion teach hate? That is not god's word. Those are mans words.....who say it is in the name of the lord. HA!

    November 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • DaveYoung

      If he hated anyone, he wouldn`t try to save them from their pathology. Duh.

      November 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
      • Observer

        Dave Young,

        If he ACTUALLY cared about them, he'd practice the Golden Rule.

        It's all PICK and CHOOSE HYPOCRISY.

        November 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
      • G to the T

        And if you were honest – you wouldn't use words like "pathology" in this regards.

        November 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
      • Now that's just stupid...

        He could've prevented them from having any "pathology", but then there would be no need for him. Why would He write himself out of the script.

        November 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
  10. DaveYoung

    I would like to see all those misquided mos vomit green stuff and convulse until they are straight. Go for it.

    November 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • Observer


      Just what Jesus would have said, right? lol.

      November 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
  11. lol??

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Still here after 500,000 years. Better ramp it up, Dahwin, Darlin'. Maybe pick a different fork in ye ol' family tree.

    November 25, 2013 at 11:43 am |
  12. my daddy

    the duck dynasty

    November 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  13. His panic

    Has anyone thought for a second that this phony may be suffering from anxiety and mass hysteria, even Panic attacks.
    I even I could be his Panic, but those who really, really trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son WILL NOT Panic.

    Animals panic, people panic and panic has cause many brawls, riots and stampedes in both animals and people. But those who trust in God and in Jesus Christ WILL NOT Panic. He may be panicking as well as the hom-ose-xuals, but adulterers, fornicators and all other perverts should be panicking.

    November 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I'm not seeing anyone panic, but you certainly seem hysterical.

      November 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
      • His panic

        Are you able to "see" anyone here? Really, :-D :-D :-D that's hysterical!! :-D :-D What are you smoking?

        November 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
        • Observer

          His panic,

          Kids in elementary school are probably rolling on the floor laughing at your brilliant comments.

          November 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
        • His panic

          Are you in Elementary school, what grade? Amazing the computer skills that today grammar school kids have!! :-P

          November 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
        • Observer

          His panic,

          Another brilliant response. You are on a roll :)

          November 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
    • brainwashed christians

      Trust in mythology and you won't panic..... solid advise!

      November 25, 2013 at 11:23 am |
      • His panic

        In due time you WILL PANIC and fall victim to anxiety and mass hysteria. You may end-up in some riot or stampede. However those who trust in God and in Jesus Christ Will Not Panic. I even I may be his Panic, he clearly is in a State of Panic.

        November 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
        • Too funny


          November 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
        • Observer

          I have to agree with panic on this!!

          November 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
        • tallulah13

          Me 2 I guess Hispanic is right this time, but just this time only I'll agree!! :-(

          November 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
        • Fr33th1nk3r

          So this invisible sky-daddy of yours likes to cause panics? You worship such a one....why again?

          November 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
        • G to the T

          Convienent paradigm – "real" christians won't panic so naturally any that do, weren't "really" christians... Self-enforcing delusion much? Have fun with that!

          November 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Sorry, HIS PANIC, but I give most of the credit for all the violence today to things like prejudice, bigotry, and greed (of which there is no shortage in the Xtian chuuch), not "panic"?

      November 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
      • His panic

        Your ignorance of the subject, poor reading and comprehension skills are not a surprise to anyone.
        Animals do panic, people do panic. Anxiety, mass Hysteria and Panic do happens to fanatics, idolaters and fools. Not to those who really trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son. Those who really, really Trust in God and in Jesus WIL NOT Panic. All others will Panic. I even I maybe his Panic.

        November 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  14. MIKE

    Wow – these religious nuts have too much time, money and not enough (science) education.

    November 24, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  15. Science Works

    How can honest people follow this stuff ?

    Follow-up on Bishop Exorcist. Wonder if Scalia was present and no word from the pope.

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

    BY DAVE MCKINNEY Springfield Bureau Chief November 20, 2013 7:22PM


    November 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • Science Works

      Or actually believe it is the truth?

      And the RCC is still covering up.

      St. Paul News Conference Tuesday

      First Child Victims Act Lawsuit to Name Treatment Facility Run by Bishops
      Where Known Offenders were Recycled into Ministry

      Father Francis Hoefgen admitted abuse to police, sent to St. Luke’s
      and placed back in Hastings parish where he molested Doe 27

      November 24, 2013 at 7:08 am |
  16. Pete

    Yea, that's productive!

    November 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  17. sam stone

    if they allow gays to get married, and married men cannot become priests, where does the vatican get their next generation of alterboy humpers?

    November 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • Steve Kiely

      Ouch. :)

      November 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • Moe


      November 24, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • Now that's just stupid...

      They'll just blindfold themselves and use girls. It would be a more natural perversion...

      November 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
  18. TasieSceptic

    How can an adult (and to rise to the position of Bishop, adult and educated) actually stand up in public and spout such nonsense
    The world is full of natural wonder and this clown wastes his time standing around in a full length dress and babbles about demon possession and magic remedies

    November 22, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • Now that's just stupid...

      He can just see things that you cannot. You should be greatful that there are seers out there to inform us of such things.

      November 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
  19. Observer

    Exodus 20:4 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

    So why is EX Catholic on here trashing atheists? ALL the craven images of Jesus are in churches or statues like the one in the Philippines.


    November 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
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