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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. tom

    I'd like to be a fly on the wall for that one.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  2. Mark

    Jesus was gay. I wonder what he'd say about all of this.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      His orientation can be a matter of debate but we know for sure that He had two dads and seemed to turn out ok.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • Kyle

      What makes you say that he was gay?

      November 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • PCWizard

      I REALLY like this!!! I think this should be the next William Friedkin movie.....THE GAY EXCORCIST!!!

      November 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
  3. Mark

    Funny that no where in the Bible does it say anything about gay marriage.

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

      There's a few positive comments made about straight marriage, and folks just assume that means a condemnation of gay marriage. Silly, eh?

      November 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • vj

      What Bible version are you referring to? Genesis 1: God made a man and a woman from him. Matthew 19, Jesus confirms a marriage between man and woman, and numerous other places. All the best.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
      • snowboarder

        wow. talk about a logical stretch. you better be careful. you might pull a muscle.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
  4. One one

    WOW ! They still do those hocus pocus juju ceremonies ? Are the congregation supposed to take it seriously ?

    November 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  5. Mark

    This Bishop sounds like the typical gay man in denial attacing gay people.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  6. hu?

    Ga/y is natural, it occurs in nature (animals do it).

    Ra/pe is natural, it occurs in nature (animals do it).

    November 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • K-switch

      I guess that's why the vatican is more accepting of evolution.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Ever hear of something called "informed consent"?
      What consenting adults chose to do with each other's naughty bits is nobody's business but their own.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
      • truth

        yes, until they try to get my stamp of approval by using the state to issue a marriage license.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
        • cedar rapids

          they arent after your approval, you arent the state

          November 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
        • snowboarder

          exactly when did you become the person require for approval for a marriage license?

          November 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      eating is natural, it occurs in nature (animals do it).

      mating is natural, it occurs in nature (animals do it).

      November 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • Wu

      Human beings are not animals, you moron!

      November 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
      • cedar rapids

        well actually they are of course. We are primates.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
      • JSJ

        Wow, you need some basic Biology education. If we are not animals, what are we? Plants?

        November 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
      • Madtown

        Irony alert.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
      • One one

        Humans are not animals ? Then what are they....plants ?

        November 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
      • chipbwna2323@Yahoo.com

        What are we like plants or something chhhhh

        November 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
      • atheist

        Hiss! Oink! Hee-haw!!!!

        😉

        November 15, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
        • Wu

          Point well made. That makes perfect aesthetic sense. Will be careful before we engage you in a conversation next time. Continue with your hissing and oinking.

          November 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
  7. Not Too Hard to Understand

    Catholics – you surely can't take them seriously, but they are a lot of fun to watch.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • Kyle

      Hard to take any of them seriously. The rapture ready and creationists are just as bad.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  8. Steve D.

    "Contrary to the plan of God." That's what he said. Well, let's consider what the Bible said God's plan was for men and their partners. Before he created Eve and offered her to Adam (Adam had a right to say no, by the way) he had offered Adam every living thing on Earth and Adam turned them down. So, it seems God had very little plan at all, other than to make sure Adam was not lonely and was pleased with his partner.

    Now, tell me again how Gay marriage isn't part of God's plan.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • shawbrooke

      Might want to rad that section again.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
      • shawbrooke

        Might want to read that section again.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • Madtown

      I just want to note that we can't be certain the bible is "God's plan", since God did not author the bible.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
  9. lol??

    What the gubmint needs is an eternal flame. That'll fix everything. The fix is in.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • Maddy

      What you need is some lessons in how the government runs; I don't think you have any clue.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
      • lol??

        The business of gubmint is business lesson plans.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
  10. JSJ

    We need to create a "Believers Anonymous" organization to start treating the mental illness known as "religion." Nothing frightens me more in the modern world than people acting according to some set of rules they claim originates from some supreme being that no one can perceive and whose will no one can know. The first step is getting these people to admit they have a problem.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • truth

      JSJ-
      Science is the use of logic and system to pursue truth.
      Math is meant to be a reflect of the truth as it exists. If it isn't, then it is worthless.
      Why don't you give up your outdated, three thousand year old believe in pi?
      And next time you are flying in an airplane, ask the pilot to stop adhering to those medieval laws of gravity and aerodymanics. They really get in the way.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
      • JSJ

        You misunderstand Science and Math. The primary difference between Science/Math and Religion is that the conclusions made by Science can be reproduced or refuted by anyone through experimentation and observation. I can conduct an experiment to confirm someone else's results. Religion is a belief in something that cannot be observed. I can conduct no experiment that confirms there is a God. If you can, I suggest that you do and then I will try to repeat it and see if I get the same results.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
        • truth

          JSJ-actually, I understand. If I say, 2+2=5 and there are a bunch of people who agree with me, that does not make it so. By putting your faith in math, you are recognizing that truth exists beyond math, that math reflects the truth. It is our job to conform to the truth. When we conform to the truth and build machines that recognize and respect the laws of gravity and aerodymanics, we can fly. If we feel that we are smarter than that, our machine is much more likely to crash. Thus, you recognize that there is a natural order. Are you going to adhere to the natural order? We can force banks to change their banking system in order to be tolerant of 2+2=5ers, but even if we do, we all know that is not true and we are forcing the adherence to a lie through state coercion. Furthermore, we are damaging our ability to coexist in a system which recognizes a certain natural order.

          November 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
        • Robert Brown

          Experiment: attend a Protestant revival and see if you perceive the Holy Spirit. If so, you will confirm my results. If not, you will refute them. Peace.

          November 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
        • snowboarder

          @bobby brown. a protestant revival? was there faith healing? I don't understand how people can be so easily fooled.

          November 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
      • cedar rapids

        The next time someone claims gravity or Pi is magic then you may a case to make a comparison but until then.....not really.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
        • truth

          So gay marriage is based upon your belief in "love." Prove there is such a thing as "love." That way we all will know that it is not just people trying to use the coercion of government to get all to condone "sin."

          November 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
        • snowboarder

          @truth, you might want to give a secular definition of "sin" first. everyone else already knows what "love" is.

          November 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
  11. Edwin

    If this so called god is real then may he strike m-

    November 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • Jan

      Do not test the Lord God.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
      • Ben

        'cause if you do test him, nothing will happen.

        Here I test god to smite me right now. See, nothing happens. Zippo. Nadda.

        Jen, you're really stupid.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
        • truth

          Ben-Perhaps it happened at the atomic level which you cannot perceive with your senses. You believe in atoms, right? What proof do you have. You read it in a science book?

          November 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
        • cedar rapids

          'You believe in atoms, right? What proof do you have. You read it in a science book?'

          you are really trying to make that comparison?

          November 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
      • Ben

        'cause if you do test him, nothing will happen.

        Here I test god to smite me right now. See, nothing happens. Zippo. Nadda.

        Jan, you're really stupid.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
      • Edwin

        Dear god:

        Come at me, bro.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
        • truth

          He is... when someone does something kind for you out of their belief in God.

          November 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
        • G to the T

          Amazing how it always works out just the same as if there wasn't a god though eh?

          November 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
      • cedar rapids

        'Do not test the Lord God.'

        He doesnt do well in tests, they lower his overall scores.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
        • cedar rapids

          a product of the no god left behind program

          November 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
        • snowboarder

          @cedar, I really did laugh out loud at that one.

          November 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
  12. longtooth

    Comforting to know we have bishops wearing funny hats who represent God Almighty. They will save us from Satan! I feel better already.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  13. Jamie Estevez

    The Bishop is right to take a stand against this and this is the time when we see who is truly Christian and who is not, because true Christians are not afraid to be persecuted for the sake of a higher truth, for the sake of Jesus Christ. I am Orthodox Christian, but I know that many Roman Catholics will be united with us to take a stand for the truth. There is no such thing as marriage equality. Marriage is one man and one woman, always has been and always will be.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • DaveCA

      Get over yourself. YoOu're no more important or deserving of basic human dignity and rights than anyone else. Your comment is about the most UN"christian" thing I've read today. And this from someone who's never suffered an ounce of discrimination their whole sheltered petty life. Congrats on being a dying breed of fear-filled trolls.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
      • Jan

        shut up idiot who the hell are you to even talk

        November 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
        • Ben

          Jan, you calling someone else an "idiot" is pretty darn ironic. Funny stuff!

          November 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'Jamie Estevez' is an instance of the No True Scotsmen fallacy.

      http://fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      November 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • RJW

      So you are the Christian police now? Who are you to decide who is a Christian and who is not. I hate to tell you this but gay people can be Christians too. If you want to be part of a hate party be my guest. That's not the Christianity I believe in though.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • One one

      The bible is riddled polygamy relationships.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      ' this is the time when we see who is truly Christian and who is not, because true Christians are not'
      ah the no true scotsman argument in christian form.

      'Marriage is one man and one woman, always has been and always will be.'
      Incorrect on both accounts. And bizarre that you think religion somehow owns the concept of marriage.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
    • snowboarder

      true Christians would stand up for the rights of their fellows. not the opposite.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
  14. smr413

    I left that religion many years ago and have yet to come across a reason to regret my decision.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • Magic Eight Ball

      Signs point to yes

      November 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • truth

      Do you remember why you left in the first place? Was there guilt associated with a particular sin?

      November 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
      • truthprevails1

        Sin is only biblical and does not pertain to realty.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
        • Magic Eight Ball

          Most likely

          November 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
      • Magic Eight Ball

        Ask again later.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
      • Jazzophile

        Dear 'truth", was that a serious and sincere comment, or were you attempting to be "ironic" and/or "humorous"? I'm sure we'd all love to know.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
  15. No one

    Weak minded fool, if your god is so powerful and all knowing to be deserving of respect never mind worship, you wouldn't need to do anything for him, he already did it.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • Magic Eight Ball

      Don't count on it

      November 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • truth

      God does not need our praise, but God enjoys our praise.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
      • Magic Eight Ball

        Reply hazy try again

        November 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • Christian

      Sure not from NO ONE who is fool to believe he is monkey relative. But I might be wrong about second part

      November 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Jan

      brainless dimwitted idiot you have no room to talk about christians mind your da mn business

      November 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
      • Ben

        Jan, you calling someone else an "idiot" is pretty darn ironic. Funny stuff!

        You are a very stupid and deluded person.

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

        Try not to let your exasperation of unbeliever's comments affect your spiritual walk with God. When we are faced with unmoving doubters we need to communicate love and concern for their souls. What would Jesus say to these unbelievers? If you can continue to show love and charity to these lost souls even unto your last breath, your persistence even in great tribulation will confound the minds of the lost, allowing a path for Jesus to enter their lives.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
        • Madtown

          Can Jesus enter the lives of people who've never heard of Jesus? Like who live in a region of the world where christianity doesn't exist? They have their own religious notions, and aren't interested in Jesus.

          November 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
  16. Reality # 2

    Just another nail in the coffin lid of the RCC.

    Some 21st century enlightenment for said religion with a very flawed history and theology:

    o "Abrahamics" believe that their god created all of us and of course that includes the g-ay members of the human race. Also, those who have studied ho-mo-se-xuality have determined that there is no choice involved therefore ga-ys are ga-y because god made them that way.

    To wit:

    1. The Royal College of Psy-chiatrists stated in 2007:

    “ Despite almost a century of psy-choanalytic and psy-chological speculation, there is no substantive evidence to support the suggestion that the nature of parenting or early childhood experiences play any role in the formation of a person’s fundamental heteros-exual or hom-ose-xual orientation. It would appear that s-exual orientation is biological in nature, determined by a complex interplay of ge-netic factors and the early ut-erine environment. Se-xual orientation is therefore not a choice.[60] "

    2. "Garcia-Falgueras and Swaab state in the abstract of their 2010 study, "The fe-tal brain develops during the intraut-erine period in the male direction through a direct action of tes-tosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hor-mone surge. In this way, our gender identi-ty (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and s-exual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender ident–ity or s-exual orientation."[8

    3. See also the From the Philadelphia Inquirer review “Gay Gene, Deconstructed”, 12/12/2011. Said review addresses the following “How do genes associated with ho-mose-xuality avoid being weeded out by Darwinian evolution?”
    "Most scientists who study human se-xuality agree that gay people are born that way. But that consensus raises an evolutionary puzzle: How do genes associated with h-omose-xuality avoid being weeded out by Darwinian evolution?"

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/evolution/Gay-gene-deconstructed.html

    November 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • Magic Eight Ball

      Concentrate and ask again

      November 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
      • RC

        Too many big words for ya?

        November 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
  17. Reality

    we need treatment center for cathoholics..

    November 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  18. Reality

    ..we can all be thankful that religions and their rules are treated no differently than kids tree house rules.

    Hey in the catholic church,, even no girls allowed.

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

      and what's said in the vatican,, stays in the vatican (ie cover ups of child abuse)

      November 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
      • Magic Eight Ball

        Reply hazy try again

        November 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Magic Eight Ball

      Signs point to yes

      November 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
  19. lol??

    All that money the socie gubmint has a claim on??

    1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

    The gays want from the neighbors, too. That's LUV.

    November 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • Lou Grant

      You don't know meaning of half of the words you use, Cletus. Back to the holler with you.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • Maddy

      Your gay neighbors want you to quit burning crosses on their lawn. That's all.

      November 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
      • lol??

        The mob cried, "Burn, baby, burn!" The cross was the furthest thing from their mind.

        November 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
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