15 November 2013

Got to Approve of the Sentiment, Anyway

From STLToday:

Illinois bishop to perform ‘exorcism’ on day same-sex marriage becomes law

CHICAGO • Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said he will offer prayers for “exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” at the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the same-sex marriage bill next week.

Paprocki said he will offer the prayers intended to cast out evil at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the state’s capital Wednesday.

“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 in a statement.

Earlier this month, House Speaker Michael Madigan cited the pope’s renowned “Who am I to judge?” phrase to explain the politician’s support for same-sex marriage on the House floor. Pope Francis’ remark — “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?” — referred to gay men who seek to become priests, not to gay marriage.

In fact, during Argentina’s debate over same-sex marriage in 2010, Pope Francis, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, called it a “‘move’ of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

“Pope Francis is saying that same-sex ‘marriage’ comes from the devil and should be condemned as such,” Paprocki said.

An exorcism, which often refers to a rite performed on an individual, is applicable in the case of same-sex marriage because the devil can appear “in various forms of opposition to and persecution of the church,” the diocese of Springfield said in statement.

“All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation,” Paprocki said. “We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church.”



Jane Chantal said...

I wish that, seeing the obvious, appalling damage done by his unguarded words, the Holy Father would compose a clear, unequivocal rebuke -- one that instructs and corrects -- to those who have turned those words to evil purposes and to the faithful who can feel the wolves breathing down their necks. Not in the form of a statement tonelessly read out by some functionary, but stated emphatically and repeatedly by the Holy Father himself. Over and over again. For however long it might take to get the message thoroughly across.

If only he would.

Karen said...

If only...

Jane, There are so many "if only's".

I know that encouraging prayer and intercession to Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Guadalupe on this site is basically preaching to the choir, but then again, you never know who is reading, right?

At this point, what can traditional Catholics do besides pray? Should we be marching in the streets? I'm really not sure how we combat this. I pray the Rosary. I don't know for sure what God wants of us in this situation besides prayer. I am a retiree, as I guess are so many traditional Catholics. I feel kind of helpless as I watch all of this unfold.

So I pray and I hope.

Elizabeth said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Bishop Paprocki used the traditional Rite of Exorcism, instead of the namby-pamby watered down post VII version. Another "if only".

Fr. Andrew said...


Isn't there a real, amazing ontological action of a Bishop- the fullness of the priesthood of Jesus Christ- pronouncing the exorcism prayers? Rest assured that Satan does not view them as a sentiment but as vile torture to his foul self, having the victory of Christ imposed upon him by a successor to the Apostles.

Would that more bishops and priests prayed the exorcism prayers more often.