|This is the cover of Bishop Paprocki's book, released earlier this year. Paprocki is not just an avid hockey goalie, he has also run 18 marathons and has 8 degrees. For all that, he is not an exorcist and his rhetoric is flat dangerous.|
There are days I just want to bang my head on my key board. Yesterday was one of them. One of the USCCB culture warriors has raised the ante in the demonization of gay marriage and by extension the GLBT community. Bishop Thomas Paprocki is going to conduct a prayer of exorcism to drive out the Demon of Gay Marriage from the State of Illinois. The following is the entire article from yesterday's Chicago Tribune.
Bishop to perform 'exorcism' on day same-sex marriage becomes lawBy Manya Brachear Pashman - Chicago Tribune - 11/15/2013
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. (Hopefully Governor Quinn's head won't spin 360 and he won't have eaten pea soup for lunch.)
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. (How gutless. The New Apostolic Reformation Spiritual Warriors would go right to the State Capital and not hide behind a cathedral altar. Paprocki has a long way to go before he gets to Sarah Palin's level of spiritual warrior.)
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. (I guess the Demon of Gay Marriage hasn't yet heard of the Church's metaphor for ordination as priest marrying the Bride of Christ---or maybe this particular demon is too stupid to compute this too can be considered a '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.” (This was really a clever 'move' of Pope Francis since he was at the same time advocating for gay civil unions. Must be that 'marriage' word that brings on the evil one.)
“Pope Francis is saying that same-sex ‘marriage’ comes from the devil and should be condemned as such,” Paprocki said. (Oh, I was right. It is that 'marriage' word that starts ringing 'Tubular Bells' down below. 'Civil union' just must not have the same ring tone for the demonic realm.)
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. (What?!?! The Church is the one who is really under attack? Oh, no wonder he won't leave his cathedral. The Church is possessed. I could have told him that, and so could have a 100,000 clerical abuse victims.)
“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.” (Why did "Dueling Banjos" just go off in my head? Oh yea, cued by the word 'deliverance' not the inadequacy of the rational Paprocki is using for his exorcism.)
I suppose I should apologize for my flippant responses above. It's just that the ritual of exorcism is a very solemn, rarely used rite that Paprocki is mocking in this political stunt of his to further his demonization of gays. It is this which is the true evil. This stunt surely negates Emeritus Pope Benedict's desire to couple faith with reason. Perhaps Pope Benedict should stop dialoging with atheists and start dialoguing with the Church's own bishops who are actively making a joke of the concept of faith informed by reason. As for Pope Francis, maybe he needs to explain to all of us just where he stands on gays and gay relationships before some more overly zealous priests take Paprocki seriously and go the way of Fr Eutenuer.
Exorcism, and the pathological states it describes, is no joke and I guarantee Paprocki is abusing the concept because he has never participated in a real exorcism or any ritual of deliverance. From where I actually stand on this issue, this man is not funny. He is abusive and dangerous.