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12 MUST-READ QUOTES FROM BISHOP PAPROCKIíS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE EXORCISM
Catholic Vote ^ | November 22, 2013 | John White

Posted on 11/22/2013 1:52:25 PM PST by NYer

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In a much-publicized event on Wednesday that coincided with Governor Pat Quinn signing gay marriage into law in Illinois, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield led the faithful in “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage.”

In his homily at the service, Bishop Paprocki demonstrated once again why he is emerging as one of the most articulate, steadfast, and intrepid defenders of marriage in the Catholic Church in America.

Bishop Paprocki’s entire homily is worth reading. Here I’ve excerpted some of the highlights.

A few of the quotes are longer than others, but worth it. Some contain quotes by Pope Francis, the Catechism, or Scripture. Some of the quotes are poignant and direct. Some are explanatory and edifying. Some show Bishop Paprocki’s courage. Others show his humility. Others, his compassion.

They all show charity, and they all show a shepherd who loves Christ, the Church, and the souls he is charged with with apostolic zeal.

1. I wish to preface my reflections by saying that I am conducting this prayer service and am speaking to you now with great reluctance. I did not seek to enter any controversy and I don’t relish being part of one. But I have given this matter a great deal of thought and prayer, which has led me to the conviction that God is calling me to speak out and conduct these prayers.

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2. Our prayers at this time are prompted by the fact that the Governor of Illinois today is signing into Illinois law the redefinition of civil marriage, introducing not only an unprecedented novelty into our state law, but also institutionalizing an objectively sinful reality.

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3. It is not hateful to say that an immoral action is sinful. On the contrary, the most compassionate thing we can do is help people to turn away from sin. To ignore another person’s wrongful actions is a sign of apathy or indifference, while fraternal correction is motivated by love for that person’s well-being, as can be seen by the fact that our Lord Jesus himself urged such correction. Indeed, the call to repentance is at the heart of the Gospel, as Jesus proclaimed, “The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the Good News” (Mark 1:15).

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4. The Good News is that God’s mercy and forgiveness extend to those who repent. Mercy does not mean approving of something that is sinful, but does absolve the wrongdoer after a change of heart takes place in the sinner through the gift of God’s grace.

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5. I do not stand here before you as a self-righteous saint who has achieved spiritual perfection, but as a sinner who has received Jesus into his heart as his Lord and Savior.

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6. This is a key point which the secularists are missing: they think that stressing God’s mercy means that sins are no longer sins. On the contrary, God’s mercy is a great gift of grace precisely because sins are sins and they call for repentance and forgiveness.

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7. The fact is that a “minor exorcism” takes place in every Baptism and Confirmation ceremony when we renounce Satan and all his works and empty promises. This prayer service will be along those lines. I’m not saying that anyone involved in the redefinition of marriage is possessed by the devil, which, if that were the case, would require the remedy of a “Major Exorcism,” but all of us are certainly subject to the devil’s evil influences and in need of protection and deliverance from evil.

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8. Our prayer service today and my words are not meant to demonize anyone, but are intended to call attention to the diabolical influences of the devil that have penetrated our culture, both in the state and in the Church. These demonic influences are not readily apparent to the undiscerning eye, which is why they are so deceptive.

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9. The deception of the Devil in same-sex marriage may be understood by recalling the words of Pope Francis when he faced a similar situation as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2010. Regarding the proposed redefinition of civil marriage in Argentina, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote on June 22, 2010, “The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex. The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have with a father and a mother is in jeopardy. A clear rejection of the law of God, engraved in our hearts, is in jeopardy. . . . Let us not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] 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.” The Pope’s reference to the “father of lies” comes from the Gospel of John (8:44), where Jesus refers to the devil as “a liar and the father of lies.” So Pope Francis is saying that same-sex “marriage” comes from the devil and should be condemned as such.

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10. The work of discouragement by the Devil in same-sex marriage is apparent in the message being conveyed to defenders of traditional marriage that the universal redefinition of marriage is unstoppable, so we might as well just stop trying. But the legalization of abortion on demand forty years ago did not silence those who believe that abortion is contrary to God’s law. On the contrary, Roe v. Wade only heightened the need for more concerted efforts to protect all human life from conception to natural death. So, too, the legal redefinition of civil marriage does not put an end to the need for discourse and action to defend natural marriage in accord with God’s plan, but only serves to heighten the need for greater efforts in this regard.

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11. Politicians responsible for enacting civil same-sex marriage legislation are morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.

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12. We must also affirm the teaching of the Catholic Church that homosexual persons “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.” The Church loves homosexual persons and looks upon them with compassion, offering assistance through support groups such as the Courage Apostolate to live in accord with the virtue of chastity. Indeed, all people all called to chastity, which for a man and woman united in matrimony means for the husband and wife to be faithful to each other.


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: exorcism; homonaziagenda; homosexualagenda; romancatholic

1 posted on 11/22/2013 1:52:25 PM PST by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 11/22/2013 1:52:52 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer
Isn't he the guy that invented Pop Rocks?


3 posted on 11/22/2013 1:54:35 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: All
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield: I do not stand here before you as a self-righteous saint who has achieved spiritual perfection, but as a sinner who has received Jesus into his heart as his Lord and Savior.

Ping for later

4 posted on 11/22/2013 1:56:30 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Army Air Corps

Bookmark


5 posted on 11/22/2013 1:59:53 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: NYer

Nice.


6 posted on 11/22/2013 2:00:17 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: NYer
8. Our prayer service today and my words are not meant to demonize anyone, but are intended to call attention to the diabolical influences of the devil that have penetrated our culture, both in the state and in the Church. These demonic influences are not readily apparent to the undiscerning eye, which is why they are so deceptive.

Amen. Thanks for posting.

7 posted on 11/22/2013 2:01:10 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: NYer
I’m not saying that anyone involved in the redefinition of marriage is possessed by the devil...

The Bishop may be mistaken on this point.

8 posted on 11/22/2013 2:03:03 PM PST by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: NYer
8. Our prayer service today and my words are not meant to demonize anyone, but are intended to call attention to the diabolical influences of the devil that have penetrated our culture, both in the state and in the Church. These demonic influences are not readily apparent to the undiscerning eye, which is why they are so deceptive.
Oh, I hope (and pray) Bishop Paprocki continues with these prayer services. Thank you!
9 posted on 11/22/2013 2:13:08 PM PST by mlizzy ("If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic Adoration, abortion would be ended." --Mother Teresa)
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To: NYer

Thank you. There was a report on this service here yesterday, but it’s good to have all these additional details. It’s always good to hear the words of a faithful Bishop.


10 posted on 11/22/2013 2:24:04 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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11 posted on 11/22/2013 2:28:30 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o
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To: NYer

12 posted on 11/22/2013 2:31:58 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Pray for Bishop Paprocki)
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To: NYer

13 posted on 11/22/2013 2:36:58 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (My new favorite)
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To: GeronL; manc

Ping.


14 posted on 11/22/2013 3:45:05 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I join in your prayer for St. Michael’s help and protection.


15 posted on 11/22/2013 3:46:43 PM PST by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: NYer

May God bless and keep this bishop.


16 posted on 11/22/2013 3:47:14 PM PST by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: Army Air Corps

bump

He makes a lot of good points


17 posted on 11/22/2013 3:59:32 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Charles Henrickson

FYI Ping


18 posted on 11/22/2013 4:39:38 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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