Springfield, Ill., Nov 19, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois has scheduled prayers of supplication and exorcism as reparation for the state’s adoption of a law legalizing same-sex marriage.
“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,” Bishop Paprocki said Nov. 14 in announcing the prayers.
“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.”
The prayers will be said Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. in the Springfield cathedral, roughly the same time as Governor Pat Quinn, himself a Catholic, will be signing into law the bill which redefines marriage in Illinois to include same-sex couples. The bill was passed by the state legislature Nov. 5.
Bishop Paprocki explained that he was moved to hold the prayers by the example of the current Pope, saying, “the context for this prayer service may be understood by recalling the words of Pope Francis
when he faced a similar situation as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2010.”
He quoted Pope Francis as saying June 22, 2010, when Argentina was considering adopting gay marriage, that the bill “may gravely harm the family.”
“The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children … at stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts,” then-Archbishop Bergoglio said. “Let us not be naïve: it is not a simple political struggle; is it an intention 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 explained that the Pope’s reference to “the father of lies” is an allusion to Christ’s identification of the devil as “a liar and the father of lies” in the Gospel according to John.
“So Pope Francis is saying that same-sex ‘marriage’ comes from the devil and should be condemned as such.”
The Springfield diocese’s announcement of the prayer service noted that the prayers to be said will be taken from the 2004 edition of the Rite of Exorcism.
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