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.