Thomas Paprocki, the notoriously homophobic bishop of Springfield, Illinois, is so spitting mad about marriage equality that he will hold an exorcism service on the day that Governor Pat Quinn signs the freedom to marry into law.
Paprocki issued a statement yesterday condemning marriage equality and blasting Catholic politicians who voted for it as "morally complicit... in facilitating this grave sin."
"It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions despite the clear teaching of the church," Paprocki said. "All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation. We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church."
WUIS Radio reports:
[During] the House debate last week, an even higher Catholic authority was cited. House Speaker Michael Madigan, quoting Pope Francis: "If someone is gay, and he searches for the lord, and he has goodwill, who am I to judge?"
As if to refute that widely-cited remark, Paprocki deployed his own quotation from the pope, when he was in his previous job as a cardinal in Argentina, calling same-sex marriage legislation there "destructive of the plan of God."
Bishop Paprocki's "Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage" which will follow the Catholic Church's official Rite of Exorcism, will take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday, November 20, from 4-5 p.m. -- just half an hour after the scheduled starting time for the marriage equality signing ceremony.
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