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Illinois bishop bars organized prayers for same-sex marriage in cathedral

Catholic World News - October 22, 2013

A plan to recite the Rosary for the cause of same-sex marriage is “blasphemous,” Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois has said.

Catholics lobbying for legal recognition of same-sex marriage in Illinois have announced plans to gather at the city’s cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The bishop announced that anyone wearing the rainbow sash favored by the gay-rights movement will be denied entrance to the cathedral, and anyone who begins vocal prayers for same-sex marriage will be asked to leave.

“It is blasphemy to show disrespect or irreverence to God or to something holy,” the bishops said. “Since Jesus clearly taught that marriage as created by God is a sacred institution between a man and a woman (see Matthew 19:4-6 and Mark 10:6-9), praying for same-sex marriage should be seen as blasphemous and as such will not be permitted in the cathedral.”

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  • Posted by: impossible - Oct. 28, 2013 12:28 PM ET USA

    You can bet that the liberal progressivist folks within and without the Church are scouring Bishop Paprocki's entire life to find something with which to punish and embarrass him. We live in a time when good folks like Bishop Paprocki suffer "white martyrdom" for their orthodoxy and faithfulness. As always Satan will assist those who will want to demean this good bishop.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Oct. 23, 2013 8:19 AM ET USA

    As Cardinal George of Chicago (Bishop Paprocki's former boss) said, "I anticipate dying in my bed. My successor will probably die in prison." Bishop Paprocki is young enough to probably die in prison. Pray for this courageous bishop!

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Oct. 22, 2013 6:42 PM ET USA

    I am not a canon lawyer nor do I have any expertise in the matter, but the bishop's actions need to be strengthened. These wayward Catholics need to know that this is NOT merely a matter of personal opinion, and that they will face very serious spiritual deprivations if they continue to give scandal in this way.

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