Catholic Wingnut to Speak at Arizona ‘Red Mass’

Thomas Paprocki, the bishop of Springfield, Illinois, is a far right Catholic. I mean really far right. Like he thinks Christians are incredibly persecuted in this country. And he performs long-distance exorcisms on politicians who sign legislation he doesn’t like. Now he’s going to address the “red mass” that takes place in Arizona prior to the start of a legislative session.

The Catholic Church’s Phoenix Diocese has selected an Illinois bishop who performed a long-distance exorcism on his state’s governor to speak at the “Red Mass” that marks the beginning of Arizona’s legislative session, The Arizona Daily Star reports.

The Church selected Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois to open the session. Last year, Paprocki conducted “prayers of supplication and exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” on the day Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

“Be gone Satan, father of lies, enemy of human salvation,” Paprocki said at the ceremony. “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 diocese defended its decision to invite Bishop Paprocki in a statement, saying that he is “a vocal defender of traditional marriage and conscience rights and he’s very outspoken.”

Yeah, he’s a bigot. We knew that. Pope Francis has already replaced the right wing cardinal of Chicago with a far more liberal one and pushed out the highest-ranking conservative cardinal in the church as well. One can only hope Paprocki is next.

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  • eric

    So, in one building polticians wil be passing laws, writing checks, etc… to try and make their State better. In the building next door, priests will be praying and performing rituals. The contrast pretty much says it all.

  • grumpyoldfart

    The politicians won’t be passing bills until they’ve made sure the lobby groups have coughed up the required amount of cash.

  • bmiller

    to riff off Grumpyoldfart…we are talking about the ARIZONA legislature here. Mississippi-in-the-Desert. “Better” is a loaded term subject to definition. I mean, some legislators are proposing laws to make the Bible The Official Book of the their State.

    So, it is not so easy to decide which group is overall less harmful. :)

  • Artor

    I don’t give 2 shits if Pope Friendly replaces Paprocki or not. Just like I don’t give 2 shits who is Grand Wizard of the Klan. Putting a prettier face on a horrible institution doesn’t mean anything if the institution is still horrible.

  • D. C. Sessions

    No, eric. Both the priests and the Legislature will be performing rituals. Neither will be doing anything to make Arizona better.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    I am not familiar with this “Red Mass”. Is it like a Red Wedding? Just before communion, do the archers in the balcony fire into the crowd, killing most of the guests? What a bunch of RINOs!!

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    They have a “Red Mass?” I hope it’s not as violent as a “Red Wedding.” (I get a feeling it’s just as Medieval though…)

  • caseloweraz

    The Catholic Church’s Phoenix Diocese has selected an Illinois bishop who performed a long-distance exorcism on his state’s governor…

    Pat Quinn? I thought the exorcised governor was going to be Rod Blagojevich. That might at least merit a second look.

  • Abby Normal

    Is it like a Red Wedding?

    Tip for the attendees, if you hear Rains of Castamere start playing, run!

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    The Red Mass gets its name from the red vestments worn by clergy; red is the liturgical color associated with the Holy Spirit. The custom of having a special mass dedicated to the Holy Spirit in association with the opening of law courts has been around since the 13th century, and most Catholic diocese around the world do something similar, timing it to coincide with the first meeting of a legislative assembly or just before general elections.

    On the upside, these are not government sponsored events in the United States, although politicians courting the Catholic vote will typically be in prominent attendance.

  • Kevin Kehres

    @10…but will they be burning heretics at the stake?

    Can’t get a legislative session off to a good start without a good heretic burning, I always say.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Wanna see the hanging! Wanna see the hanging!…Oh wait, wrong totalitarian fantasy. Never mind.

    The Red Mass … has been around since the 13th century…

    Yup, can’t have modern democracy without the Medieval rituals, otherwise people might get the idea that you can separate the two.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Tip for the attendees, if you hear Rains of Castamere start playing, run!

    Why? It can’t be worse than that turgid, life-force-draining organ music one hears in a normal mass.

  • wreck

    The exorcism didn’t take. We’ve had SSM here in Illinois for a year now. The (fabulously) jackbooted gay storm troopers broke down our door and forced my wife and I to gay-marry other people. Paprocki should be defrocked for his shitty performance.

  • Abby Normal

    Bee, Rains of Castamere was the attack signal at the red wedding.

  • dan4

    @10: “…red vestments worn by clergy.” Communists (Yeah, I’m kidding, but I’ve seen conservatives seriously argue that red clothing worn by everyone from Michelle Obama to those teachers in Wisconsin who were protesting Walker a few years ago was “evidence” of their communism).

  • matty1

    @16 how do those people deal with the post 2000 custom of calling states that vote republican red states?

  • anubisprime

    matty1 @ 17

    how do those people deal with the post 2000 custom of calling states that vote republican red states?

    At a guess…’Cognitive dissonance’…Seems they are quite good at it!

    It is most visible in the church ceremonies they all seem to enjoy…they fail to understand that Wicca uses basically the same techniques.

    Most modern church services are pimped up variations and versions of pagan worship. from the incense to the head honcho dressing up…all much of a muchness.