Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., just announced that he’s planned an exorcism on the same day that Illinois legalizes gay marriage “in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage.”
The gay marriage bill is expected to be signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn next week.
“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,” said Paprocki. “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.”
Paprocki believes that the Pope’s recent progressive statements regarding same-sex marriage have been taken the wrong way by many, and he maintains that the Pope stands with the Catholic Church in regards to this issue.
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“Pope Francis is saying that same-sex ‘marriage’ comes from the devil and should be condemned as such,” claimed Paprocki.
An exorcism, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “in Christianity, a ceremony used to drive demons out of a person they have possessed.”
Paprocki has been outspoken regarding his feelings on gay marriage. He recently banned Catholics in his area from praying in favor of same-sex marriage and threatens to kick anybody out who does so. Paprocki also made headlines in the past for allegations of sexual abuse in his diocese that stem from an incident involving a minor and a Springfield priest years ago.
The exorcism will reportedly take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. The gay marriage bill is also set to be signed into law on Wednesday afternoon, right before the start of the exorcism.