Catholic Bishop leads conservative freak-out. Plans exorcism while Illinois governor signs law affirming same-sex civil rights

A Catholic bishop in Illinois said…he was planning prayers of “supplication and exorcism” to protest the state governor’s plan to sign same-sex marriage into law.

Next week, Illinois will become the 16th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to gay couples, following Hawaii, whose governor signed it into law on Wednesday. The Illinois law will take effect on June 1, 2014.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield, the state’s capital, said that those who contract civil same-sex marriages are culpable of “serious sin.” He planned the service to coincide with the signing of the legislation by Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday.

Without naming names, Paprocki criticized Catholic politicians for their support of the measure…

Both Quinn and powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan are Catholic Democrats. Speaking in support of the legislation in Springfield last week, Madigan quoted Pope Francis, who asked “Who am I to judge?” regarding gay clergy.

Quinn had no immediate comment on the planned exorcism, which will be held at Springfield’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Paprocki made news before the 2012 presidential election by warning his flock in a letter of the “intrinsic evils” of the Democratic platform’s support of abortion and same-sex marriage, and that to vote for someone who promotes such actions is to risk your soul.

The funniest thing is that many polls find Catholic voters tend to support gay marriage a wee bit more than other denominations. Maybe their lifetime of experience with leaders who are hypocrites better equip them to deal with the follies of our nation’s fear of progress.

We’re all witnessing campaigns around the United States from sects of conservative Catholics who are upset that the Pope is querying members of the church for their opinions on matters like equal rights for women, civil rights for LGBT folks, all that far-out democracy kind of stuff.

There actually are Tea Party nutballs who say – gasp – the Pope may be a Liberal.

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