Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Illinois compared gay people to children as he defended his “exorcism” stunt on the day the state’s marriage equality bill was signed.
"Any good parent will tell you that sometimes you have to discipline your children,” the Springfield diocese bishop told “pro-family,” anti-gay news site LifeSite News in a video interview.
"Sometimes you have to say ‘no.’ Sometimes you even have to punish,” he elaborated.
“When a parent does those things, they’re not being hateful towards their children, they’re actually being very loving by correcting them and showing them the right way to do things."
Paprocki performed what he called a “minor exorcism” in protest of Illinois’ marriage equality bill on Nov. 20, which he considered an attack on the church.
“I exorcize you; every unclean spirit; every power of darkness; every incursion of the infernal enemy; every diabolical legion, cohort, and faction; in the name and power of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Paprocki said during the November ceremony to a crowd of onlookers.
“Dare no more, O cunning serpent; to deceive the human race; to persecute the Church of God; to shake the chosen of God and sift them like wheat,” he continued dramatically.
Paprocki invoked Satan again when speaking to LifeSite in his defense.
“That’s a phrase right out of the Gospel of St. John where Jesus calls the devil — Satan — the Father of Lies,” Paprocki told the news source. “My whole point for doing the prayer service is realizing it’s the work of the devil that’s behind this.”
Paprocki claimed he was acting in the name of love when he performed the service.
“You really have to understand what love is all about. Love is really to seek the best for people,” he explained. “By being opposed to the redefinition of marriage, and being opposed to things that are sinful, that’s actually a very loving thing.”
The Illinois law allowing same-sex marriage will take effect June 1, exorcism or not.