Bishop Paprocki’s ‘Exorcism’ Ritual


As reported last week, Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Illinois held a special exorcism ceremony at the same time that Gov. Pat Quinn was signing into law a bill that recognizes same-sex marriages in that state. ThinkProgress has some details on what Paprocki said during his sermon at that ceremony, like how this was just a “minor exorcism.”

Perhaps a large part of the negative reaction is because most people don’t know what the Church teaches about exorcism, since they get their misleading information and sensational ideas on this mainly from Hollywood. The fact is that a “minor exorcism” takes place in every Baptism and Confirmation ceremony when we renounce Satan and all his works and empty promises. This prayer service will be along those lines. I’m not saying that anyone involved in the redefinition of marriage is possessed by the devil, which, if that were the case, would require the remedy of a “Major Exorcism,” but all of us are certainly subject to the devil’s evil influences and in need of protection and deliverance from evil.

No, that’s nonsense. None of use are subject to the influence of non-existent spirits. We have disagreements. We have differing values, to be sure. Blaming this on the devil is childish and idiotic.

The division brought about by the Devil due to same-sex marriage may be seen in the way our society, our families and our friendships have become so divided and polarized over this issue.

The diversion of the Devil in same-sex marriage may be seen in the fact that so much of our time, energy and resources are being spent in addressing this issue, when there are more pressing needs facing our state and our Church.

Hey, I’ve got an idea: Stop spending so much of your time, energy and resources on fomenting anti-gay bigotry and trying to deny them equal rights and — VOILA — that mean old devil’s attempts to divide us will vanish into thin air.

Comments

  1. Al Dente says

    A celibate old man is expressing his homophobia and declaring those who don’t agree with him are influenced by a mythological being.

  2. John Pieret says

    I’d be much more impressed (well, twice nothing …) with their concern about Satan and all his works if they had taken pedophilia among priests more seriously. Oh, wait a minute! Maybe priests diddling children isn’t part and parcel of Satan and all his works.

  3. Georgia Sam says

    Dan Savage (sp?) made a good point about this on Bill Maher’s show: It’s noteworthy that there hasn’t been an exorcism to rid the church of the evil of child rape by priests.

  4. John Pieret says

    BTW:

    Perhaps a large part of the negative reaction is because most people don’t know what the Church teaches about exorcism

    No, the “negative reaction” was probably people laughing at the fact that the witch doctor dressed in funny clothes forgot his rattles and the chicken bone through his nose when he tried to drive out all those “evil spirits.”

  5. bahrfeldt says

    An allegedly celibate old man selects a few portions of the religious tenets, procedural rules and pontifications (so to speak) of his employer to use in his attempt to impose his biases and authority on pretty much everybody in reach.

  6. Abdul Alhazred says

    Let’s see.

    I’m gay.
    I live in Illinois.
    I’m not planning on getting married.
    I don’t sense any demons nearby.

    It must have worked.

    Still gay of course … what?

  7. Michael Heath says

    Thomas Poprocki states:

    I’m not saying that anyone involved in the redefinition of marriage is possessed by the devil, which, if that were the case, would require the remedy of a “Major Exorcism,” . . .

    I think Catholic dogma imagines a finite Satan, not an omnipresent Satan.

  8. raven says

    How long does an exorcism last?

    Considering all the sorcerors and mages called priests and ministers who claim to be able to remove them, it doesn’t seem very long.

    It’s like mowing the lawn. Do it and a week later, you have to mow it again.

  9. Artor says

    Perhaps a large part of the negative reaction is because most people don’t know what the Church teaches about exorcism…

    Oh, gee. Thanks for the explanation. That cleared my negative reaction right up. Not.

  10. raven says

    Paprocki:

    The division brought about by the Devil due to same-sex marriage may be seen in the way our society, our families and our friendships have become so divided and polarized over this issue.

    Shorter Paprocki. Let the Catholic church rule and do what we say and everything will be just fine.

    We tried that once. That era was known as the Dark Ages. And no, everything was not fine. It took centuries and wars costing tens of millions of lives to put the Catholic church in a box.

    The Pope and the RCC are still upset about it. According to them, they are the One True Church, the Pope speaks for god, and the priests have magical superpowers. It bothers them no end that most other xians don’t agree.

  11. busterggi says

    Minor exorcisms only work against devils/demons with 6 hit dice or less and even major exorcisms are useless againt those with 12 hit dice.

  12. RickR says

    They’ve got magic spells, trinkets and incantations spoken by a bunch of old men in dresses who have a reputation for kiddie-diddlin’.

    We’ve got Buffy.

    We win.

  13. tsig says

    ” raven

    November 28, 2013 at 10:23 am (UTC -5)

    How long does an exorcism last?

    Considering all the sorcerors and mages called priests and ministers who claim to be able to remove them, it doesn’t seem very long.

    It’s like mowing the lawn. Do it and a week later, you have to mow it again.”

    They need some spiritual grass killer.

  14. raven says

    It’s like mowing the lawn. Do it and a week later, you have to mow it again.”

    They need some spiritual grass killer.

    There is a powerful spiritual grass killer. Roundup for imaginary beings.

    It’s called thought, logic, and common sense.

    If you don’t believe demons exist, they have no power over you. Demons are as real as Vampires, Leprechauns, Werewolves, Fairies, Brownies, or Elves.

  15. ah58 says

    “when we renounce Satan and all his works and empty promises”

    How are the promises from his imaginary god any less empty?

  16. cry4turtles says

    Raven, I’m guessing an exorcism is like servicing your car-you get what you pay for. The more you pay, the longer the demons, or service lights on your dashboard, stay away.

  17. says

    “I think Catholic dogma imagines a finite Satan, not an omnipresent Satan.”

    Having grown up in a cath-o-lick household and spending thirteen years in parochial schools I can assure you, Michael Heath that Satan is also infinite, omnipresent and omnipotent. That would be the end of the story, ‘cept GOD is all of those things +1. Just sayin.

    Note to cry4turtles:

    Service lights on the dashboard ARE demonic.

  18. chilidog99 says

    I think for a proper exorcism, you ned an old priest AND a young priest.

    Maybe there aren’t enough young priests left to go around?

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