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Bishop performs exorcism rite as same-sex marriage comes to Illinois

Catholic World News - November 21, 2013

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, performed an exorcism ritual on November 20, as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation allowing for legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Bishop Paprocki had said that the exorcism was appropriate because the approval of homosexual marriage showed a radical moral disorientation in society. “I’m not saying that anyone involved in the redefinition of marriage is possessed buy the devil,” he said, “but all of us are certainly subject to the devil’s evil influences and in need of protection and deliverance from evil.”

The bishop explained that he was performing a “minor” exorcism, as opposed to the “major” ritual that is used in cases of demonic possession. During the ceremony, he said that politicians had voted in favor of same-sex marriage were “morally complicit” in a grave evil.

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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Nov. 22, 2013 3:13 AM ET USA

    Pray for this man, and all bishops who display such courage, that God and His angels protect them; for they have particular targets on their backs, for attack by Satan and his minions.

  • Posted by: tmsharel5764 - Nov. 21, 2013 8:44 PM ET USA

    We need more examples like Bishop Paprocki's. Good for him

  • Posted by: nix898049 - Nov. 21, 2013 6:04 PM ET USA

    And now it remains to be seen if Bishop P. will hold these evil-doers accountable in any public fashion. The faithful are watching. God, give him strength.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Nov. 21, 2013 5:54 PM ET USA

    Thank you Bishop Paprocki. You are in our prayers tonight.

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