Illinois Bishop To Hold Exorcism For ‘Sin of Same-Sex Marriage’

Photo Credit: cnsnews.comAs Gov. Pat Quinn signs a bill in Chicago on Wednesday making Illinois the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage, Bishop Thomas Paprocki, the Roman Catholic prelate of Springfield, will be performing an exorcism ceremony “in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage”

“We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church,” the bishop, who testified against the measure before the state legislature in January, declared in a statement.

Quinn, a Catholic, has announced he will sign the bill. “Marriage equality is coming to Illinois. I look forward to signing this landmark legislation on November 20 and celebrating a big step forward with the people of Illinois,” the governor said.

Earlier this month, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, also a Catholic, cited Pope Francis’ recent “Whom am I to judge?” comment regarding gay members of the clergy to justify his support of the same-sex marriage bill, which passed on November 5th.

Without naming Quinn or Madigan, Paprocki accused Catholic politicians of “twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions.”

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