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

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(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 Religion 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

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        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 |
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