Bishop Paprocki: Same-Sex Marriage Exorcism

| 11-18-AD2013 | [14]

David L. Gray - Exorcism

According to a press release on the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois website, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013; at approximately the same time that Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois will sign into law that state’s redefinition of civil marriage, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will be conducting a public exorcism, and prayers of supplication for the sin of same-sex marriage.

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Bishop Thomas John Paprocki

This is, indeed, a most holy and powerful Christian response to this intrinsic evil being legally codified as a state norm. What makes Bishop Paprocki’s brave action even more proper is the  fact that some self-identified Catholic politicians actually dared to make Pope Francis complicit in their vote by recalling the Pope’s statement in his infamous September plane interview that the Catholic Church could lose its way by focusing too much on social stances, including opposition to gay marriage. Included in The-Pope-Made-Me-Do-It Brigade was Democratic representative Linda Chapa LaVia who said, “As a Catholic follower of Jesus and the pope, Pope Francis, I am clear that our Catholic religious doctrine has at its core love, compassion and justice for all people.”

Pope Francis’ Position on Marriage

I am not absolutely certain when true Christian love, which has truth and justice as its first fruits, got hijacked by this craving for apathy, but for people like LaVia it was very good that Bishop Paprocki in his press release pointed to Pope Francis’ less spontaneous comments regarding same-sex marriage when he was a Cardinal responding to the proposed redefinition of civil marriage in Argentina. At that time Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio wrote,

“The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex. The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have with a father and a mother is in jeopardy. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts. … Let us not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] destructive of the plan of God. It is not a mere legislative project (this is a mere instrument), but rather a ‘move’ of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

Bishop Paprocki also issued clear admonishment, and Christian counsel, towards those who did vote in the affirmative, in stating,

“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. 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.”

This reality of institutional evil is one we see more often these days.

A favorite book of mine that explores the great danger of institutional evil is People of the Lie by the late psychotherapist M. Scott Peck. In chapter six, Peck calls the phenomenon of group evil, “ . . . the diffuse cancerous forces at work in our society” (p. 212). He later states that group evil is more likely to occur when individuals are no longer held accountable for their actions (p 218). This latter fact is another reason why it was very good that Bishop Paprocki let these politicians know that they are “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”

Institutional evil is a virus that infects entire groups through the evil actions of individuals that have influence over the collective. It can happen gradually over time, even to organizations that originally had a Christian oriented mission. The seed of institutional evil is its worship of the lie; that is, when all other things supersedes the truth. In the instant case, it is not a concern of the Democratic party in Illinois; perhaps even nationally, whether it is a divine truth that people of the same gender can rightfully marry. That there were people who partialed out and mis-represented the spirit of Pope Francis’ interview comments only reinforces this tendency of the people of the lie to have no real concern for the truth. What does concern those who are agents in the institutions of evil are all the fruits and advantages of self-interest, along with a disordered/disinterested understanding of true love.

The hope of Bishop Paprocki’s exorcism and prayers of supplication is that the yoke of Satan’s fatherhood of lie will be broken, and individuals who have been sold into its slavery of sin and were negatively influenced by it will be free again to know and love the truth. If you cannot attend this event at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception from 4 to 5 p.m., I hope that you pray a Rosary during that time in union with the Bishop’s intentions.

©2013 David L. Gray.  All rights reserved.

About the Author:

David L. Gray is a Catholic author, radio host, and founder of DavidLGray.INFO Inc., where he blogs at regularly; giving his fresh Catholic perspective on all things relevant and interesting. DavidLGray.INFO Inc. is a ministry that is consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. "My calling from God is to the John the Baptist Ministry; meaning that I’m here to live in truth, through word and action, and point people to Christ Jesus through the lenses of the Catholic Church." David is a part-time Disneyland dad and full-time father to three beautiful daughters, an ecstatic 2006 Catholic convert, an indifferent 1997 graduate of Central State University, a proud 2002 dropout of Antioch McGregor Graduate School, and a mild mannered graduate student at Franciscan University of Steubenville; working towards a Master of Arts Degree in Theology and Christian Ministry.
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  • Phil Dzialo

    You do not cast evil (exorcism) out of the hearts and spirits of those who do not believe that “homosexuality” is intrinsically disordered, nevertheless those who love and join in a CIVIL ceremony. The RCC should stay far from the will of the people and law of land….even the majority of RC;s support gay marriage. “Who am I to judge?” says the man.

    • john654

      Phil, You said, “Who am I to judge?” I read some of your comments here, WOW, you sure make a lot of judgement’s! Not one time did you judge anyone, either does the Catholic Church. You, if your above post is serious, are a classic example of a person lulled to sleep by moral relativism. God Bless, John

    • Phil Dzialo

      Questioning, challenging, examining are not judgements…calling me a ,oral relativist is an ad hominen attack and judgemental. Leviticus calls for stoning to death gays….or do we just subscribe to “nice” parts of the Bible.

  • Kevin Aldrich

    This is my bishop and I plan to be there. Best to you in your apostolate, David!

    • http://www.davidlgray.info/ David L. Gray

      What a great Bishop you have Kevin! Bless Him abundantly!

  • wayne

    What a great idea! In June, 2014, when the marriages proceed in the civil law, we will have objective proof of the irrelevance of the Catholic Church and its’ minions…….

  • kcthomas

    Catholic politicians most of them ,are opportunists having no faith foundation. Quite possible their family background may not be sincerely catholic
    The pity is it will appear to outside world that Church is unrealistic and politicians are erudites. Catholics should boycot them

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  • http://www.dianemckelva.com/ Diane McKelva

    David, you said, “Institutional evil is a virus that infects entire groups through the evil actions of individuals that have influence over the collective. It can happen gradually over time, even to organizations that originally had a Christian oriented mission. The seed of institutional evil is its worship of the lie; that is, when all other things supersedes the truth.”

    Powerful statement, and oh, so accurate. God bless you!

    • http://www.davidlgray.info/ David L. Gray

      Thank you Diane :D

  • cminca

    Doesn’t appear to have worked.

  • David Peters

    I’m not sure about the exorcism part, but thank God someone is doing something! We all need to intercede for those that believe sin is ok. Have mercy on us Lord.
    I once heard a minister say that churches (and I think he meant individuals too) that have become liberal over time didn’t get that way because they lost their conservatisim. Instead they lost their vision of God (and who He is).
    God bless you,

  • Mary

    God bless this Bishop, what if all the Bishops of the world did this? What would our governments and law-makers look like after that? Also we must start to deal with the evil of cohabitation. “Gay marriage” is just the next step of the journey of cohabitation, and have we already lost the sense of sin of these adultery relationships? Re-introduce the 10 Commandments, that’s all God asks of us.