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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 Religion Editor

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

soundoff (3,013 Responses)
  1. brian

    Are we allowed to comment on this?

    November 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Depends

      What is your se#ual orientation?

      November 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
      • My Dog is a jealous Dog

        Your Depends are full – go change them.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      By all means...please do.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
  2. Bishop Hairy Palms

    Is the Bishop going to have his favorite alter boys by his side during the ceremony?

    November 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • Bishop Harry Cox

      Butt of course.

      November 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • Bishop Harry Cox

      Butt of course...

      November 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • Dippy's second cousin

      *altar boy.

      November 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  3. watergirl

    Lets see this for what it is. Political posturing from this bishop to undermine the new , popular Pope. The Vatican is just as political as any nation's government. This bishop doesn't like the new, popular views of the Pope, who represents the change that the Vatican severely needs to go through. So he wants to bring to light older statements that the Pope has made.

    November 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  4. bostontola

    Important career tip: Don't embarra ss your boss in public and justify it by throwing his own words in his face.

    This Pope is trying to shift focus and attract young people and this Bishop is going against that. The Bishop in Germany didn't fare well when he displayed contentiousness instead of humbleness.

    November 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  5. Bishop Hairy Palms

    The Catholic is an international criminal enterprise that exists for the sole purpose of robbing the gullible and molesting the innocent.

    That's all they've done for centuries.

    November 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  6. Doc Vestibule

    First the military, now marriage.
    Why do gay people want in to the worst insti/tutions?

    November 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

      Salient point.

      November 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • Doris

      well don't forget the benefits that couples in the U.S. receive just by way of being married. some suggest that the government get out of the marriage business, so that's an interesting option, but given the current situation, it's only fair that gay couples not be excluded from those bennies.

      November 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      Misery loves company?

      November 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Pfah, God of Small Crumbs

      What??
      Bi and ho-mo people have been around since before we discovered goddamned FIRE, man!
      What the hell are you talking about?
      Oh, wait. I see. You are amazed that they would want to be open about their orientation, not that they want in, right?
      Because they've always been inside. The GOP is filled with gays, lesbians, and bi people who pretend to be straight just the way you like it.
      And they cheat on their spouses left and right. Just what is it these people are supposed to do according to you?
      Go back to pretending and hiding? Or they'll be discriminated against, right?
      So...give in to the bullies like you because giving in to bullies is how you think the world should operate according to your bullying, psychotic 'god'? Or perhaps you meant something else. Whatever. Good grief.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
      • Doc Vestibule

        The root post is what is known as jocularity, or in the vernacular "a joke".
        Having spent years with the Signals battalion and subsequently moving into Toronto's gay village after leaving, you could say that I am both soldier and gay friendly.
        While I've nothing against sodomy from a moral standpoint, you might do well to pull the di.ck out of your ass.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
  7. snowboarder

    are there really people that believe in demons?

    November 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • Mr. E

      do you believe in evil?

      November 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
      • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

        Evil is a subjective social construct.

        November 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
      • snowboarder

        @mr, are you really going to suggest that demons cause evil? how childish is that?

        November 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • Dustin

      How can you not believe in demons when you see them ruining our country from their places in government every single day? (and I am not only pointing to one political party)

      November 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
      • watergirl

        Those are mental disorders, not demons.

        November 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
      • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

        Idiots, the corrupt and the power hungry are not demons, they're idiots, corrupt and power hungry.

        November 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  8. Bishop Hairy Palms

    The Catholic Church is pro-childmolestation and anti-gay marriage.

    Who see's the hypocrisy in that?

    November 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • Doris

      And very harmful to the world, just like their stance on contraception that costs lives.

      November 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  9. The Metatron

    I'd be very careful interperting a book made up by a bunch of guys in Nicea....or the Pope...or God's Will....

    November 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
  10. John

    Bishop you should spend more time trying to heal your church and it's gay pedophile priests.

    November 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room

      I wouldn't really call them gay. Would you call a guy who molests little girls straight?

      November 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
      • Bartholomew Aloysius Higgenbotham-Hensington-Smythe VII, Esq.

        If the orientation is towards the opposite s3x only, then "straight" is the actual word for it. Did you have some other word we can use? If so, please share it with us. Anyone who harms children should be properly labeled before we put them up against a wall and shoot them, you see.

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

          The proper definition is pedophile, regardless of their preference for male or female children. Just because someone is gay doesn't make them a pedophile so please don't confuse the two.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  11. Kiska K

    Most likely he could care less – and just wants to garner publicity and the attendant money that follows.
    Did this man ever speak out about the evils of all the pedophile priests? If ever there was a time for an exorcism, that was surely it.

    November 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  12. snowboarder

    and people wonder why we laugh at the religious.

    November 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • Lisa

      Laugh, or cry. A lot of what they do, like this cr ap against the gays, really makes me cry. It just goes to show that religion can be used to hurt people just as easily as violence, or anything else.

      November 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  13. LouSan

    Here's an idea, why not hold an exorcism ceremony to exorcize all the pedophile priests that are still part of the Catholic church.

    November 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • Pete

      Better still, why not just cooperate with law enforcement, like they're supposed to?

      November 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
  14. Bishop Hairy Palms

    How many here think that it's only a mater of time that Bishop Thomas Paprocki comes out of the closet as a self-loathing closeted gay man?

    Is this a sad cry for help?

    November 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • John

      Or perhaps he's trying to draw attention away from his own pedophilia.

      November 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
      • Pete

        If "pedophilia" were actually linked with being gay no little girls would ever be molested by men, right?

        November 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
  15. Apple Bush

    Jesus is working so hard to get a taste of that internet cash. May the thieves and killers run roughshod over the devil's gay population in the shortest order. Be well-behaved as you are seen and your mind is known to Him. [Enter]

    November 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  16. Steve

    You'd think the Pope was getting the same treatment from this Bishop as President Obama gets from the Repbulicans.

    November 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • Pete

      You've done it! You've actually made me feel sympathy for a pope!

      November 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  17. Eric Los Angeles

    This is coming from a queen wearing a pageant crown and red dress!

    November 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  18. styx

    I am a Satanic minister so I should perform an exorcism on him.

    Probably it will be more effective- religion is already dying.

    November 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Sean

      hahaha good work my friend

      November 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • watergirl

      The Vatican is more evil than most of the Satanists I have met.

      November 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  19. COGowan

    just keep him a way from the kids

    November 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  20. Substantial Compensation

    This Bishop at least gets it. Until we fight these demons, the world around us will atrophy.

    November 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Pete

      Can you prove that demons actually exist?

      November 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
      • Mr. E

        Can we prove evil exists?

        November 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
        • Substantial Compensation

          Gays are proof.

          November 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
      • sftommy

        Any man who thinks he can put himself between God and another man, by word or dance, is not only spiritually irrelevant but holds his strength to a power of evil not good. Let them dance and hate and spew their evil words, it is their souls they send to perdition not that of rational God loving men.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
    • Doris

      What's "it"? Some absolute moral "truth" perhaps? Can you demonstrate it without resorting to subjective means/human consensus? I won't hold my breath waiting for an answer.

      November 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
      • Substantial Compensation

        You may hold your breath, for I am pleased to respond. "It' is morality. Atheists don't grasp that the Lord God blessed us with a moral code. A code in clear violation of human decency and thus sinful. Demons delight in the corruption of the people.

        November 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      What demons are you referring to?

      November 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
      • Substantial Compensation

        Satan's demons naturally.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          Satan?? No such creature!

          November 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
        • Substantial Compensation

          You are mistaken.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • Substantial Compensation

      Each gay is subject to conjugation by the demons of hell.

      November 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
      • Doris

        Really? Where do you get this lovely wisdom?

        November 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
        • Substantial Compensation

          I can smell the evil on them and the very thought of the horrid things they do make me ill. Unnatural = supernatural = demons = gays

          November 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
        • Madtown

          Yeah, it must be tough to acknowledge that not everyone in the world is just like you. Especially when you're so awesome!!

          November 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
        • Substantial Compensation

          I do not wish people to be like me, only obedient.

          November 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
        • Madtown

          Agree completely. The world will be a better place if people are not like you.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
        • Substantial Compensation

          The world would be a better place with no people. Everyone should aspire to live in Heaven for eternity.

          November 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
      • Madtown

        Each gay is subject to conjugation
        -----–
        They're to be turned into a verb?

        November 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
        • Substantial Compensation

          Please look up the word if you are unfamiliar with all of its meanings. Thank you.

          November 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
        • Madtown

          Please lookup the words "mindless" and "buffoon". You'll note your name is listed along with each.

          November 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
        • Substantial Compensation

          While I did not check, I doubt the accuracy of your statement.

          November 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
      • sftommy

        GAY – – Conjugations:

        gay (adj.)
        ------
        pos . gay
        comp. gayer
        super. gayest

        gay (n.)
        ----–
        (sing.) gay
        (plur.) gays

        November 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
        • Substantial Compensation

          This post is not consistent with my post.

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

          ..as taught by an English Teacher from hell

          not that this commentator has any God given desire to be consistent with differing opinions

          November 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
      • humanistJohn420

        You could walk towards a cop with a knife in your hand and go to your god and relieve the rest of us from your stupidity and hate.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • sftommy

      We watch the "man" dance in his crimson fineries beseeching God to hate in the name of Paprocki.

      Can we not shed a tear for such a little man already in his self-made purgatory?

      November 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
      • Substantial Compensation

        He is greatly admired.

        November 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
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