home
RSS
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 Religion Editor

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

soundoff (3,013 Responses)
  1. Mopery

    Is there anything gayer than the Catholic church?

    November 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Derp a Derp

      Bishop Thomas Paprocki, aka "Pop-a-rocky"?

      November 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
  2. 116

    in responce to
    A: The act of communion is symbolic of Jesus and the last supper he had with his diciples, SYMBOLIC
    B: God has the right to say 'no' to your request for his own perfect reasons and judgement
    D: God is three people, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, he but his son into Mary the virgin, It is a trinity. and Jesus Died for all our sins, not just a few, ALL OF THEM,
    E: The Devil has followers, a third of the angels went with him, his Demons, The devil wants all of us not just the Christians, all of us.

    November 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • snowboarder

      @116, you are right. that christian doctrine is pretty absurd.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • Austin

      116, is that me?

      November 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      and every time some says they dont believe in fairies a fairy dies,
      and every time you hear a bell it means an angel got its wings.

      etc.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
      • Mopery

        And every time a child whistles a priest gets wood.

        November 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
        • Derp a Derp

          ROFLMAO!!!!
          You had to post that right as I was taking a drink!

          November 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
      • Derp a Derp

        Damn...I guess I am guilty of murder and considered a serial killer after all those fairies I had to have killed throughout my youth. Looks like the Flying Spaghetti Monster will be coming for me...

        November 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @116
      Transubstantiation is literal cannibalism.
      Read your Catechism.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
  3. lol??

    OK, OK, about the gowns. It's a gubmint requirement that apparently goes all the way back to the Greeks, and you know all 'bout Greek s*ex. Been to any HS graduations prelately??

    November 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  4. MarkinFL

    I think he is just jealous because the pope won't let him marry one of his priests.

    November 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  5. Tim In LA

    Well so much for a "tolerant" church. Just goes to show you how out of touch religon is to the real world. I'd bet Jesus condems this type of action. After, isn't it him that said to love your neighbor as you love yourself" and "do not judge lest you be judged" and, "let whoever is without sin cast the first stone"? Opps, I forgot, they think they can do something and then pray for forgivness. My folly, so sorry.

    November 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
  6. kjfuller7

    The Power of Christ compels you! (to remain ignorant and living in the 1950's) K!

    November 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  7. Rodeo_Joe

    The Bishop can do cartwheels if he wants – but come Wednesday, Equal Rights will be the Law in Illinois.

    November 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Topher

      I think not technically until next June.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • Gay Bishops

      Better watch out Bishop. Doing that exorcism might poof you out of the church...

      November 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
  8. PushingBack

    Umm, excuse me Bishop but your boss called and said to lay off the politicking bee ess!

    November 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  9. CommonSensed

    If the pope doesn't ex-comm this guy then this new pope has no cajones.

    November 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
  10. mark

    Maybe this guy should have an exorcism to get the devil out of pedophile priests.

    November 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • PushingBack

      He's probably be vaporized himself!

      November 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  11. Dan Meyers

    That's a good man. Gay marriage and acceptance of this abhorrent behavior is the scourge of the nation.

    Remember fathers: "If you don't hug your sons, some other man will." Yes, it's just as simple as that.

    November 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      How does your neighbour being gay affect your life?

      November 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • Joey

        He has to fantasize about having s.ex with his gay neighbor just about everyday, and apparently this makes him uncomfortable. Or at least, that is my best guess.

        November 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      so your claim is that gays are just looking for a father figure because they didnt get love from their dad?
      hmmm.
      and lesbians are what? didnt get love from their mother?

      November 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      The Dark Ages called. They want you back.

      Please go. Us enlightened folks don't want or need you here.

      November 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
      • lol??

        The Vikings never give up. Now they're getting free defense from the USA so THEY can afford healthcare.

        November 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • Doris

      Complete BS. You need more education in some basics.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • ed dugan

      At long last I now know the effects of taking a stupid pill every morning. You are one pathetic individual and belong in the same cell as that idiot the bishop. The catholic church is a sick organizarion led by sickies like this bishop.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • Casey

      Bigotry is abhorrent behavior and is the scourge of the nation.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • lngtrmthnkr

      Dan,that's some pretty heavy thinking you're doin. Did you just crawl out of a cave somewhere?

      November 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  12. Eric

    Silly catlicks! Thanks for the 4000 years of fairy tales and voo doo. We'll take it from here, we have video games and Youtube for entertainment now.

    November 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • History

      So you think the Catholic church is 4000 years old? Interesting. Cut that in half and you are closer. Go read a book.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
      • Topher

        Take another half off that.

        November 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  13. rick

    so him raping and molesting alter boys is fine and dandy but two people who love each other getting married is the end of the world?

    November 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • theala

      This bishop has never been accused of such a thing.

      Only a handful of priests were involved in that. Quit painting everyone with the same broad brush.

      November 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • Doc Vestibule

        There may be few pedo priests, but the entire RCC conspires to hide them.

        November 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
      • PushingBack

        He should still clean up his own house before breaking the door down into others.

        November 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
      • canniwander

        Absolutely agree with the same brush thing. However, as a Bishop he has 'dominion' over those below him. By man's law and his God's law, he is responsible for their actions. It isn't a broad brush, but a hierarchy that is enforced only when desired on the part of the Church.

        November 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
  14. QS

    Sounds like another perfect opportunity to host a kiss-in!

    I'd be curious to see if it brings the bigots out to the "ceremony", the way it did during the Chic-fil-A kiss-in, in a show of support for their twisted cult ritual.

    November 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
  15. StanfordJD12

    Though correct in his assessment, the bishop seriously needs to think about his messaging. This will be completely counterproductive, and it was foreseeable how the media would spin it. At the same time, CNN continues to do a disservice to all those interested in truth by twisting Pope Francis's words (quoted completely devoid of context in the article) to fit its preferred interpretation of them.

    November 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
    • theala

      Absolutely agree.

      I'm sure the Pope will be displeased, but he actually has less real power over the bishops than one would think, which is why this guy knows he can get away with this.

      November 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • ME II

      Yeah, it's the way he said it that's the problem, sure.

      Not the fact that he is talking about removing demons and devils, no.

      /sarcasm

      November 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Doris

      Correct in his assessment? Get real. Thankfully he is not the pope. I think this pope may see the writing on the wall and doesn't want to be the one refuting what science is telling us now.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  16. Doc Vestibule

    "The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation."
    – Pierre Trudeau

    November 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • Topher

      Well ... yes and no.

      November 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
      • Doc Vestibule

        @Topher
        What consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home is nobody's business but their own.

        November 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
        • Topher

          Now that I agree with.

          November 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
        • ajk68

          What if consenting adults agree to abuse each other physically? or kill one or the other?

          Your argument holds no weight.

          November 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          @ajk68
          Lots and lots of people are into BDSM.
          It isn't abuse if all parties are consenting.

          Manslaughter in any context is against the law, but I personally am not against euthanasia.
          I've a "No extreme measures" clause in my will – so I'm basically telling my doctors to kill me should my injuries be severe enough.

          November 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
      • WASP

        @CHRIS-topher: ummmmmmmmm NO. the state and the church has ZERO authority in the bedroom of two grown adults. trust me where i'm from a peeping tom can be shot.

        November 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
        • Topher

          see above. but that's not really what we are talking about with gay marriage.

          November 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • Casey

      Doc – I absolutely agree.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
  17. Inconvenient truth

    Ariel Castro was a catholic, so was hitler!

    November 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • Topher

      Has absolutely zero bearing on whether Catholicism is true.

      November 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
      • Inconvenient truth

        In a way yes...Christ said that "the rotten tree would produce bad fruit"... History shows how rotten catholisicm has been!

        November 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
        • Joey

          And since Topher takes the Bible literally, he can't really argue with that.

          November 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
        • Topher

          Depends on whether those men were actually following their religion. I'm in NO way sticking up for Catholics, but I think it's pretty clear Hitler was not one.

          November 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • ME II

      Irrelevant.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • ajk68

      Hitler was baptized Catholic. He left the Catholic faith and practiced theosophy.

      Ariel Castro...Catholics are not exempt from being sinners, even grievous ones. Everyone is a sinner.

      If you meant Fidel Castro, he exchanged his Catholicism for communism.

      November 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
  18. Jo

    Burning witches at the end of the 'service'!

    November 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
  19. Ace

    He looks like the bishop in Princess Bride.

    November 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
    • Akira

      Another one that made me laugh. You're on a roll, Ace.

      November 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
  20. Bob

    To each his own. If some guy wants to run around in silk robes and a pointy hat spouting hocus pocus, that's fine. Just stop triyng to force your craziness on the rest of us. Stay out of my life and my bedroom - I'm not Catholic.

    November 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
    • stooges999

      well put.....I am not particularly in favor of gay marriage, but its none of my or the governments business (or this guys business) as to whom I wish to be with...........

      November 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Advertisement
About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.