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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. L

    So where did atheists get the "right morals" from if it not did come from religion? Fact, most of your "morals" are laws telling you what you can or cannot do and you follow them. That doesn't mean you are more "moral" than your fellow human being. Just because you support gay marriage doesn't make you more "moral". It just means you follow what the media tells you to believe.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
    • bostontola

      Where did all the religions get their morals from?

      November 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
      • Theist Stole Morals

        These Nutbag theists will never do their research.. bible or quran is everything for them..

        Abrahamic moral laws.. most of them were stolen from the Hammurabi Laws.. look up 'Code of Hammurabi' 800years older than Judao Faith.

        btw Hammurabi tablets are still found in museums around the world.. but the Arc of the covenant which "supposedly" holds the 10 Commandments is nowhere to be found.
        I bet religinuts will not even read up on it..

        November 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

      ;-)

      November 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • Lou Grant

      Where has anyone asserted that, O Disingenuous One?

      November 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
      • L

        By many many many atheists.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
        • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

          ;-)

          November 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
        • Lou Grant

          Atheists state they don't need to believe in gods to be moral. So?
          You have a problem with people acting in a moral manner? How strange. Why?
          Do you even know any atheists?

          November 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Pete

      Religions offer moral pronouncements, which are really just the personal moral opinions of men long dead. They do not provide moral systems that can evaluate new situations. It was people's innate sense of right and wrong that ended such evils as slavery. They only cherry-picked their scriptures to justify this after they knew that it was true.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
      • L

        They didn't end slavery for good. It still exists in many parts of the world. Next lie you want to claim?

        November 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
        • Pete

          L
          Where they did end it, they did it through their own sense of right and wrong. Some places haven't gotten there yet, but the argument still holds.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
        • L

          That was a tradition passed down from town to town. Family to family. People wanted to break the long held tradition and a war arose. It was really keeping what your family did rather than anything else. They were taught to do it. There's a difference.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Maddy

      The media? Get real.

      There were atheists long before the media as we know it existed.

      Try again, troll. If you blame the media for anything, it shows a distinct lack of critical thinking skills.

      And you're still a troll. You are about as subtle as a bull in a china shop.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
      • Magic Eight Ball

        My sources say no

        November 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • Atheist

      L, we aren't merely more moral than you. We are also very much smarter than you are.

      Now go be a good little boy and google the "Golden Rule" and do some reading and learning, stupid.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • toodark

      We all get our morals from simple observation and empathy. No smoke...no mirrors...no incantations...no threats of eternal torment. That is, in actually, in spite of the teachings of the bible...or are you one of those who throws out the OT with the bath water?

      November 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
      • L

        Most of your "morals" are laws telling you what you can and cannot do and you have to follow them. If you don't follow them, punishment will be served. Following laws are not following your own personal "moral system". Give me a break.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
      • Helmut Cabeza

        Christians believe Jesus came in fulfillment of the Law, so yes, you can throw out the Old Testament. There is really only one rule in Christianity, stated by Jesus, and that is love. Love God and love your neighbor. Paul simplified it to love your neighbor. That is the essence of Christianity. Everything else is just commentary.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • A traveler

      People get their morals by thinking and interacting with their fellow persons. Religions get their morals from invisible men (never seen) talking with human beings (or so 'they' say). Where did you get the 'L' from.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlhk7KJdil0&w=640&h=390]

      November 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      Morals are just situational ethics. Arriving at a moral conclusion is dirt simple. Using basic rules like, life is preferable to death, health is preferable to sickness, pleasure is preferable to pain, we can measure the consequences of various actions to determine if it enhances or detracts from well being.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
  2. tony

    Church leaders steppinh in to "speak for god" and still staying alive and unchstened, are the living proof of the non-existent of any god relevant to to the human race.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
  3. bm

    How can he even consider doing this wearing that frock?

    November 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • be quiet

      hahaha, awesome

      November 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
    • Samuel P

      Good taste is not a prerequisite to committing fraud.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • flashf0x

      Please... This is totally insane, but why am I not surprised? Perhaps he should perform "exorcism" on his Church as Satan must certainly be behind all of the child molestation issues and corruption that has plagued the Vatican. After all his church also tried all they could to hide the molestation issues... even relocating the priests and thus letting them continue what they started.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
  4. Vic

    Matthew 7:1,2
    "7 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you."

    Luke 6:37
    "37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned."

    Romans 2:1
    "2 Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things."

    Scripture Is From:

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

    http://www.biblegateway.com/

    November 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Bob

      Some more 'favorites' from Vic's Christian book of nasty, from both foul testaments, since he's insisting on dumping his awful bible bile on us:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Leviticus 25
      44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
      45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
      46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
      Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      November 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  5. moo

    The Christ of Lords forbids this gay marriage abomination.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

      It's a good thing we're not a fiefdom then.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      Too bad he is powerless to do anything about it.... huh?

      November 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Lou Grant

      Chapter and verse where Jesus said a word about gays. Make it snappy.

      Oh, that's right. Jesus never mentions gays.

      Shut up. You're the abomination.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
  6. TRYETY345634

    NICOLAS CILIA FLORES AND OBAMA BUSSINES DENOUNCE.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
  7. Jackson

    "I don't believe in god, I'm an atheist. I still go to church, though. I'm not a heathen. I go to an atheist church. We have crippled people stand up and testify that they were crippled and still are."

    - Paula Poundstone

    November 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
  8. tony

    "Church Leaders" – Evil personified, by any definition

    November 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Damn that homosexual coitus! The good men of the Church should not be forced to withhold themselves from women. They can't be expected to hold fast against such temptation. Is it any surprise that the Church is in need of exorcism? And they focus on the State of Illinois. For shame!

      "How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."

      November 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
  9. jcs

    However, priests raping boys....stll A-OK!

    November 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  10. Rick777

    In the quran Surah 3:54 "Allah is the greatest of all deceivers." .. Jesus refers to the devil as 'a liar and the father of lies. What can we assume from this?

    November 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

      That some people believe any old sh!t.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  11. Jackson

    Pity he's never thought to do one on behalf of all the molested children. I guess that isn't the work of the devil??????

    November 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  12. religious & dumb

    Thank God America is bankrupt.
    Americans are religious and gullible.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
  13. Laura

    Look at how cute he is, in his little gold hat! How dare he try to interpret what the Pope meant. Personally, I think it's all a crock of crap but still, he has no right to twist someone else's words.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • Depends

      I got a hat like that at Burger King on my birthday.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
  14. Mopery

    Ah, the Catholic Church, where the men dress like queens and the women dress like men.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
  15. religious & dumb

    I can't believe Americans still worship these religious crooks and pedos.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
  16. aj

    What's that thing about "Do unto others"?

    November 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • Depends

      "Let he without sin cast the first stone..."

      November 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
      • Wakey wakey, rise and shine

        I am without sin! Somebody hand me a rock.

        I have never sinned against any 'god' because none of them exist.
        Sin is the most insane concept ever thought up by the deranged religious.
        Guilty of being born! You cannot be serious, yet you delusional people are very delusionally serious. Why not kill all babies, then, if you think people are born sinners? Send them all to Jesus before they commit any more sins! Do it before they are born!
        See how none of it makes sense, yet? You'd better, or someday it might blow up in your face. Wake up.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
  17. js

    Yet another reason people are fleeing the catholic church. This bishop is utterly tone deaf!

    November 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • Depends

      Some people really like that stuff.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
  18. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Being surrounded by all this evil gives me a little chill:

    "For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. "

    That includes Satan, all his demons, the boogeyman, maybe Kim Jong-Un and a bunch of others – we mustn't ask the Bishop to go it alone. What can we do to help that poor man?

    November 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • Lou Grant

      Lock him down in a secure mental health facility and administer a Thorazine drip ?

      November 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • lol??

      "we"?? You a "Wegodian"??

      November 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
      • Lou Grant

        So much for your inclusiveness, Christian troll.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • lol??

      Wegodians are smug and secure when they'e surrounded by a mob. That ain't a republic!! That's gangland.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
      • Lou Grant

        Isn't it time to head back to the holler? You've sampled the moonshine enough, Cletus.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
        • lol??

          What gud is just samplin'?? That won't slow down the ticks enufff with the GI lyme disease.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • Pete

      Tom
      You forgot Lord Voldemort, Cruella De Vil, and Dracula. Why limit yourself to just one evil fictional character?

      November 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
  19. Weird Guys With Big Hats

    Yep, there it is Christians.

    This is what your nutty religion has come to.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • Depends

      There are atheist groups that oppose gay marriage, should I declare the same thing has happened to atheism?

      November 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
      • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

        Atheistic groups, not atheist groups.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
        • Depends

          Thanks.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
        • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

          You're welcome.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
      • truthprevails1

        Really??? Care to point to these or admit that you have no clue as to what you are saying and are only repeating what you've been told??? If they exist, their bigotry has nothing to do with their disbelief in a god(s). There can never be justification for denying equal rights to LGBT.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
        • Depends

          Not all atheists are for gay marriage. Google it. I know plenty of h()mophobic atheists. At my very secular school calling others gay or c***s**cker was a common insult...

          November 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          You made the claim, how about you post the links???

          November 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
        • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

          There are atheistic fascist groups that are h0mophobic. Still though, I highly doubt that not believing in a deity leads to h0mophobia.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
        • Depends

          http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2011/06/10/the-black-atheists-of-atlanta-and-ho mophobia/

          November 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          You do understand that disbelief (Atheism) has nothing to do with their bigotry?? Christians use their bible to justify their bigotry, Atheists don't have that.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
        • Depends

          But not all Christians are anti-gay or bigots. And instead of using the Bible to justify their bigotry, atheists just use something else. Atheists are guilty of the same flaw and imperfections that plague Christians. Atheism is certainly not an immunity to bigotry or hatred.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          What do they use? And I get that not all christians are but too many are.
          Atheist only defines a disbelief in gods, nothing else. Christians are also Atheists in regards to all other gods but their own.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
        • Depends

          I just have seen evidence that there are individual atheists and groups of atheists that are against same-s9x marriage.
          I also have seen evidence of Christians fighting for equal rights for h()mos9xuals.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          Goody for you but once again, it has nothing to do with disbelief!! How is it you fail to comprehend that???

          November 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
        • Depends

          I never said it did. Goody for you, you are an atheist and that somehow makes you immune to "religious" bigotry. But you are still susceptible to bigotry.

          November 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
      • Pete

        It may not seem like it, but not all religious groups oppose gay marriage. Those atheist groups that do are wrong, just like the religious groups that reject this right.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
        • Depends

          Right. Many openly h()mose()uals serve and lead religious groups.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
  20. JJ

    Since the majority of priests are gay shouldn't he start with casting demons out of his buddies first?

    November 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

      'Since the majority of priests are gay'

      Proof?

      November 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
      • religious & dumb

        Not true! They are either Gay or Pedos.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
        • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

          A question can't be true or false.

          First off, JJ didn't say anything about pederasts, he said gays. Second, there's no proof that the majority of priests are gay or pederasts.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • Lou Grant

      No, they're not, but thanks for playing.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
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