Sideshow in Springfield, Illinois

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Leafing through an old issue of the National Catholic Reporter I read a strange articele.It concerned springfield,Illinois bishop Thomas Paprocki who in December 2013 planned an exorcism over th enactment of same sex marriage bill which was signed into law by Illinois governor Pat Quinn

Be gone Satan, father of lies, enemy of human salvation,” Paprocki intoned  at the ceremony, in front of a crowd of some 500, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “Give way to Christ, in whom you found no trace of your works. Give way to the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic church, which Christ himself won by his blood.”

The bishop further added “politicians responsible for enacting civil same-sex marriage legislation are morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”

One does not know where to start in analyzing this embarrassing event.Does this man believe in Satan? Apparently. And the language, “Christ won by his blood”, a reference to an outmoded theory of atoement. Jesus had to shed his perfect blood to win back God’s favour. Nice idea of God.

One wonders how this man became a bishop.Another of the gems created by the last two popes.Men  whose strong orthodoxy was going to save the Catholic church.

Well enough on the bishop.

The real story is the 15,000 who begged the bishop to stop the carnival, stop embarrassing Catholics with this sideshow. The petition read:

Holding an exorcism in response to the enactment of marriage equality is no way to show Christ’s love to the world. Please cancel this political stunt and reconsider your public ministry for the Pope Francis era.

it is through Catholics like this, the sensus fidelium that Catholicism will move forward.

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