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.