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. His panic

    Has anyone thought for a second that this phony may be suffering from anxiety and mass hysteria, even Panic attacks.
    I even I could be his Panic, but those who really, really trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son WILL NOT Panic.

    Animals panic, people panic and panic has cause many brawls, riots and stampedes in both animals and people. But those who trust in God and in Jesus Christ WILL NOT Panic. He may be panicking as well as the hom-ose-xuals, but adulterers, fornicators and all other perverts should be panicking.

    November 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I'm not seeing anyone panic, but you certainly seem hysterical.

      November 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
      • His panic

        Are you able to "see" anyone here? Really, 😀 😀 😀 that's hysterical!! 😀 😀 What are you smoking?

        November 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
        • Observer

          His panic,

          Kids in elementary school are probably rolling on the floor laughing at your brilliant comments.

          November 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
        • His panic

          Are you in Elementary school, what grade? Amazing the computer skills that today grammar school kids have!! 😛

          November 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
        • Observer

          His panic,

          Another brilliant response. You are on a roll 🙂

          November 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
    • brainwashed christians

      Trust in mythology and you won't panic..... solid advise!

      November 25, 2013 at 11:23 am |
      • His panic

        In due time you WILL PANIC and fall victim to anxiety and mass hysteria. You may end-up in some riot or stampede. However those who trust in God and in Jesus Christ Will Not Panic. I even I may be his Panic, he clearly is in a State of Panic.

        November 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
        • Too funny


          November 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
        • Observer

          I have to agree with panic on this!!

          November 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
        • tallulah13

          Me 2 I guess Hispanic is right this time, but just this time only I'll agree!! 🙁

          November 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
        • Fr33th1nk3r

          So this invisible sky-daddy of yours likes to cause panics? You worship such a one....why again?

          November 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
        • G to the T

          Convienent paradigm – "real" christians won't panic so naturally any that do, weren't "really" christians... Self-enforcing delusion much? Have fun with that!

          November 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Sorry, HIS PANIC, but I give most of the credit for all the violence today to things like prejudice, bigotry, and greed (of which there is no shortage in the Xtian chuuch), not "panic"?

      November 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
      • His panic

        Your ignorance of the subject, poor reading and comprehension skills are not a surprise to anyone.
        Animals do panic, people do panic. Anxiety, mass Hysteria and Panic do happens to fanatics, idolaters and fools. Not to those who really trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son. Those who really, really Trust in God and in Jesus WIL NOT Panic. All others will Panic. I even I maybe his Panic.

        November 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  2. MIKE

    Wow – these religious nuts have too much time, money and not enough (science) education.

    November 24, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  3. Science Works

    How can honest people follow this stuff ?

    Follow-up on Bishop Exorcist. Wonder if Scalia was present and no word from the pope.

    Bishop Paprocki stages exorcism as gay marriage becomes law: ‘Be gone Satan’

    BY DAVE MCKINNEY Springfield Bureau Chief November 20, 2013 7:22PM


    November 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • Science Works

      Or actually believe it is the truth?

      And the RCC is still covering up.

      St. Paul News Conference Tuesday

      First Child Victims Act Lawsuit to Name Treatment Facility Run by Bishops
      Where Known Offenders were Recycled into Ministry

      Father Francis Hoefgen admitted abuse to police, sent to St. Luke’s
      and placed back in Hastings parish where he molested Doe 27

      November 24, 2013 at 7:08 am |
  4. Pete

    Yea, that's productive!

    November 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  5. sam stone

    if they allow gays to get married, and married men cannot become priests, where does the vatican get their next generation of alterboy humpers?

    November 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • Steve Kiely

      Ouch. 🙂

      November 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • Moe


      November 24, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • Now that's just stupid...

      They'll just blindfold themselves and use girls. It would be a more natural perversion...

      November 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
  6. TasieSceptic

    How can an adult (and to rise to the position of Bishop, adult and educated) actually stand up in public and spout such nonsense
    The world is full of natural wonder and this clown wastes his time standing around in a full length dress and babbles about demon possession and magic remedies

    November 22, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • Now that's just stupid...

      He can just see things that you cannot. You should be greatful that there are seers out there to inform us of such things.

      November 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
  7. Observer

    Exodus 20:4 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

    So why is EX Catholic on here trashing atheists? ALL the craven images of Jesus are in churches or statues like the one in the Philippines.


    November 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
  8. Science Works

    No designer needed lol??


    November 21, 2013 at 6:53 am |
  9. A. Reasoner

    Wow! The bible is true because it says so in the bible. I believed it, so I know it's true. How could anyone possibly ask for more evidence?

    November 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Now that's just stupid...

      You are joking of course

      November 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  10. Observer

    For EX-Catholic and anyone else who HASN'T READ the Bible:

    (Prov. 23:13-14) “Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell.”

    (Prov. 29:15) “A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.”

    November 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
    • Check


      Do you know who supposedly wrote those Proverbs? Solomon. Do you know how his son turned out? Son, Rehoboam said:

      "My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins [ahem!].

      11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions." - 1 Kings

      And the brat, Rehoboam, then proceeded to lose half of the kingdom.

      November 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  11. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Thank you Daniel Burke. I thought she had me for a moment. I've never been exorcised quite like that before.

    November 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
  12. Andy

    This type of idiocy is exactly why people are flocking away from the Roman Catholic church.

    November 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • Crom

      They are all a bunch of flocking idiots no matter where they gather.

      November 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
  13. Brother Maynard

    Hard to totally see ... but from the photograph looks like his index finger is the same size if not longer than his ring finger.
    Just sayin'

    November 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • G to the T


      November 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
  14. Melissa

    Yep "let's promote hate but call it love so we can feel superior" seems to be religions motto.

    November 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
  15. omar

    I move from Kuwait here close by Boston. Leaves on trees are changing to all different color ! Gay is making happen. I no Catholic but please hurry with exorcism before it too late!

    November 19, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • Observer


      Boston has some excellent schools so you will have a chance to get a better education.

      November 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
  16. Reality # 2

    Evolution is on-going. One result, atheism and the reduction of religious influence on our lives.

    November 19, 2013 at 12:11 am |
    • Reality # 2


      November 19, 2013 at 7:41 am |
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