Peoria Public Radio Staff
Thu November 21, 2013
Springfield Bishop performs prayer of "exorcism"
The bishop says politicians who helped enact same-sex marriage are "morally complicit" in facilitating a "grave sin.” And yet, he declined to criticize individuals by name, including the Catholic governor.
“I really don’t want to get into a discussion with him through the media. We’ll talk to each other on the appropriate occasions."
Paprocki also reiterated church teaching that gays and lesbians "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity."
At the end of the service, the bishop walked the aisles, sprinkling congregants with holy water. The cathedral was silent — until someone’s cell phone began ringing. Another intrusion of modern life on sacred tradition.