L- A Gay Exorcism

When I hear the word Exorcism, I instantly think of the famous movie, ‘The Exorcist’.  You all remember it, don’t you?  Here is an image to jog that memory of yours:



Apparently Bishop Thomas John Paprocki feels that us homosexuals need an exorcism to rid us of our immoral minds and bodies.  As seemingly possessed individuals, gay men and women must be kept outside the normal healthy cornerstone of society, that being hetero marriage, of course.  I hate to break it to you Mr. Bishop, but your definition of Marriage is not so sacred and moral in todays society.  Nor is the church, in my opinion.  But please, feel free to exercise your exorcism on us and see where it gets you.  I pray one day (soon) you will find that demonizing us is about as un-spiritual and barbaric as you can get.  Grow with the times sir.  I can assure you Jesus Christ would prefer compassion and love over hate, inequality, and exorcism.

As quoted from the Huffington Post:

With Illinois’ new marriage equality bill set to be signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn next Wednesday, one Illinois bishop is planning to mark the occasion with a ceremony of his own: an exorcism.

Springfield Bishop Thomas John Paprocki announced Thursday he will preside over prayers of “supplication and exorcism” in response to the state’s pending legalization of same-sex marriage, which the bishop said “comes from the devil and should be condemned as such” in a statement reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

In a press release, Paprocki criticized Illinois lawmakers for moving to approve the marriage bill this month. He condemned, in particular, Catholic lawmakers — including House Speaker Mike Madigan — who cited recent statements by Pope Francis as in line with their support of same-sex marriage and said they are “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”

“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,” Paprocki’s statement continued.

Paprocki’s statements are in line with the response from the Catholic Conference of Illinois to the marriage bill’s passing. The conference said same-sex marriage “undermines an institution that is the cornerstone of a healthy society.”

Paprocki’s ceremony will be held from 4-5 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield next Wednesday. Meanwhile, the marriage bill-signing event will begin at 3:30 p.m. at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. the same day.