One hour after Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed same-sex marriage into law on Wednesday, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (pictured) followed through with his plan to perform an exorcism against the legislation.
“I exorcize you!” Paprocki declared during the hour-long ritual held the service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Illinois. “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!”
The religious spectacle is reported by the Chicago Sun-Times to have attracted more than 500 people, though the paper didn’t indicate how many were there for the actual service and how many were there just to gawk.
“Dare no more, O cunning serpent,” Paprocki continued, “to deceive the human race; to persecute the Church of God; to shake the chosen of God and sift them like wheat!”
Gay sinners and politicians sifting straight people like wheat? WTF?
Paprocki has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage in Illinois for some time. Earlier this month, he accused Catholic legislators who supported the bill of being “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”
He called Wednesday’s exorcism a minor one.
“I am not saying that anyone involved in the redefinition of marriage is possessed by the devil, which, if that were the case, would require the remedy of a major exorcism,” he told Chicago Sun-Times.
“But all of us are certainly subject to the devil’s evil influences and in need of protection and deliverance from evil.”
A group of activists gathered outside the cathedral to protest. A local ABC News reporter interviewed them and a woman named Erin Meehan described the whole same-sex marriage exorcism best: “I think the bishop is looking for publicity.”
We couldn’t agree more.