Catholic Bishop to ‘Exorcize’ Gay Marriage in Illinois


On Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois is going to sign legislation that will officially recognize same-sex marriages in that state. That same day, a Roman Catholic bishop will hold a special service to offer “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage.” Bishop Thomas Paprocki released this statement:

Scheduled for approximately the same time that Gov. Pat Quinn signs into Illinois law the redefinition of civil marriage, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will offer “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage” at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sixth and Lawrence streets in Springfield, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. Clergy, religious and laity are invited to attend.

“The context for this prayer service may be understood by recalling the words of Pope Francis when he faced a similar situation as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2010,” Bishop Paprocki said.

Regarding the proposed redefinition of civil marriage in Argentina, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote on June 22, 2010: “The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex. The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have with a father and a mother is in jeopardy. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts. … Let us not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] destructive of the plan of God. It is not a mere legislative project (this is a mere instrument), but rather a ‘move’ of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

Bishop Paprocki noted, “The pope’s reference to the ‘father of lies’ comes from the Gospel of John (8:44), 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.”

As refreshing as I find the new pope in his tone and approach, that statement is breathtakingly idiotic. Leaving aside the absurd notion that there is such a thing as the devil, the claim that same-sex marriage threatens the “survival of the family” is simply inane. Please, find me a single family that will be harmed in any way by same-sex marriage, much less destroyed by it. If you can’t, you’re just talking out your ass. “The family” can’t be destroyed unless you destroy actual families.

I would suggest that Paprocki instead exorcize stupidity and bigotry from the state, but if he did that he would vanish into thin air.

Comments

  1. says

    “The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have with a father and a mother is in jeopardy.”
    What the fuck?
    SERIOUSLY! What the actual fuck does this mean?
    I left my fundie decoder ring at home…

  2. Larry says

    How ’bout exorcizing your altarboy-fucking priests, first, there, bishop. Moving them around to new grazing areas isn’t really addressing your problem.

  3. howardhershey says

    I know some couples that refused to get married in their state until marriage was available to all citizens. I guess, if one twisted that enough, one could say that the topic of gay marriage had a detrimental effect on their own possibility for marriage.

  4. raven says

    “The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have with a father and a mother is in jeopardy.”
    What the fuck?
    SERIOUSLY! What the actual fuck does this mean?

    It means he is stupid and lying.

    Half of all heterosexual marriages in the USA end in divorce.
    40% of US children are born to unmarried, heterosexual mothers.
    40% of all children don’t live with two biological parents, the vast majority of whom are…heterosexual.

    If not living in a two biological parent married household was a major disaster for children, Father Paprocki and the RCC would be declaring war on heterosexuals.

  5. raven says

    Bishop Paprocki noted, “The pope’s reference to the ‘father of lies’ comes from the Gospel of John (8:44), where Jesus refers to the devil as ‘a liar and the father of lies.’

    Paprocki forgot the next part.

    The passage goes on to claim that satan is the father of the Jews. This led to 2,000 years of Jewish persecution by the Catholic church, culminating in the Holocaust.

    Paprocki is a fundie Catholic. If you didn’t notice the RCC, you would think he is a clone of Hagee, Dobson, or Fischer.

  6. sigurd jorsalfar says

    But now that they are forcing us to get gay-married, OF COURSE the family is doomed to extinction, DOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED. How can you not see it??????

  7. Lyle says

    Let us not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] destructive of the plan of God.

    Then why doesn’t God intervene? Mysterious ways? Free will?

  8. Sastra says

    Wait, wait, wait … I thought modern science, human rights, and enlightened, rational thought itself were all the direct products of the Catholic Church and its revered traditions of intellectual scholarship! Exorcism? How … how could this be? And homophobic bigotry? But humanism had purely Catholic roots, I’ve been told.

    Well, I’m sure a few readings of the smooth, sophisticated arguments of the Defenders of the Faith would be enough to correct theologically inexpert mavericks like this Illinois bishop and that former Cardinal from South America.

  9. cottonnero says

    Well, I’m sure once he exorcises gay marriage, then it’ll be just fine and no Catholic priest, hierarch, or talking head will have any sort of problem with it after that.

  10. sigurd jorsalfar says

    @2 Oh I guess you haven’t heard, Larry. A special service to offer “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Anal Rape of Small Children” was supposed to be on the agenda, but God already had an appointment to appear in some guy’s breakfast burrito in Texas and couldn’t be around to hear those Prayers, so they’ve been postponed .. indefinitely. Sorry.

  11. Sastra says

    Lyle #7 wrote:

    Then why doesn’t God intervene?

    Ah, my child, He has: He sent the Bishop, who is now going to do some magic for us. The results are going to be … well … “spiritual.” So don’t expect to see much when using the inferior Eyes of the World.

  12. busterggi says

    Apparently the Bishop hates god’s works because god, in his omniscient wisdom, created the demons.

    Kind of like Luthor created Bizarro.

  13. Pen says

    You’d think their omnicognisant God would understand that they’re not personally responsible for the ‘sin’ of same-sex marriage, so why on earth do they feel the need to repent for it?

  14. John Hinkle says

    …Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage…

    Same sex marriage is a sin? Is that in the Bible?

  15. eric says

    @9 – my thoughts exactly. If they have a ritual to get rid of the evil involved in it, and they plan on doing this ritual, how can they claim it’s going to hurt anyone?

    If their exorcism works, SSM is no threat. OTOH if SSM is a threat, it’s because their exorcism didn’t work.

  16. says

    Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will offer “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage”

    Finally, someone brave enough to stand up and do nothing!

  17. dugglebogey says

    Your new boss, you know the Pope? He said to lay off stupid bullshit like this.

    I guess this retard didn’t get the fucking memo.

  18. dugglebogey says

    Modus, you routinely have comments on this blog that make me chuckle.

    Keep up the good work.

  19. chilidog99 says

    OK. First you need a young priest and an old priest.

    and tell Illinois not to eat any pea soup before hand.

  20. hunter says

    Well, as a publicity stunt, this is about the lamest Paprocki has come up with.

    The signing ceremony will be taking place in Chicago. Who does the bishop think is going to be paying attention to Springfield?

  21. bahrfeldt says

    Isn’t Bishop Poprocks committing Roman Catholic deemed heresy by denying the infallibility of the Pope ex-officio in favor of the person’s statements prior to his acquisition of Supreme Holiness?

  22. dan4 says

    @24: Too bad Pope Francis didn’t tell people “to lay off stupid bullshit” in terms of calling a person a “retard” just because you disagree with him/her or making a oh-so-hilarious “joke” about bombing South Carolina (the thread about the nuts claiming that Obama was going to bomb a city in that state). THOSE kinds of “stupid bullshit” are the ones that dugglebogey can enthusiastically get behind.

  23. dingojack says

    My dear Dan –
    Be assured you concerns about ‘tone’ are getting every last bit of the consideration they deserve….
    Dingo
    ——-
    PS No further correspondence will be entered into on this issue

  24. Matt G says

    Well this complicates matters. If Illinois gets hit by tornadoes, will it be because of SSM or the exorcism? Funny how, despite our considerable understanding of weather and plate tectonics, people still attribute major events to the Wrath of God.

  25. says

    ” the claim that same-sex marriage threatens the “survival of the family” is simply inane. ”

    It’s actually not inane. Insane, perhaps, but not inane.

    The claim is a calumny, intended to arouse rage in the hearts of the faithful. That it’s complete bullshit is not up for debate but it’s not inane.

    Paprocki likes him some exorcisin':

    http://michaeloloughlin.religionnews.com/2013/11/15/controversial-bishop-exorcise-marriage-equality-demons/

  26. freemage says

    Dugglebogey: Making a polite request not to use ‘retard’ as a slur. There’s plenty of other terms that don’t have the marginalizing effect. (I’m personally fond of ‘dipshit’, ‘asshat’ and ‘douchecanoe’.)

  27. says

    @36:

    The moment that Jindal’s plane clears Loozyana airspace the 7th Seal of Bourbon Street will be broken and men and women will cavort naked in the streets of the French Quarter and engage in wild debauchery. Oh, wait, they already do that during Mardi Gras; nevermind.

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