Bishop Paprocki: Saying the Rosary for Gay Marriage is Blasphemy


Paprocki3Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, IL has already demonstrated his ability to stand tall against hostile advocates of gay marriage.

Maybe it’s a certain toughness bred from his experience as a hockey goalie.  More likely it’s a rock-solid commitment, born out of love for Christ and his Church, to defend the souls he is charged with from the subtle but relentless onslaught of sin and ignorance that Satan unleashes through the culture of death.

It’s what they used to call apostolic zeal, and Bishop Paprocki has it in spades.

So when a group of Catholics who support the legalization of gay marriage in Illinois announced plans to gather at Springfield’s cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to recite the Rosary for the cause of same-sex marriage, Bishop Paprocki obliged them with a simple, clear response:

Not on my watch.

As reported at Catholic Culture, the bishop made it clear that anyone attempting to enter the cathedral wearing the “rainbow sash” would be denied entrance, and anyone praying out loud for same-sex marriage would be asked to leave.

“It is blasphemy to show disrespect or irreverence to God or to something holy…Since Jesus clearly taught that marriage as created by God is a sacred institution between a man and a woman (see Matthew 19:4-6 and Mark 10:6-9), praying for same-sex marriage should be seen as blasphemous and as such will not be permitted in the cathedral.”

There are a good number of other bishops who I am sure would have said the same thing.  But a good number can always be a better number, and we can never have too many shepherds like this.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  Lord, send us more bishops like Bishop Paprocki.



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  • Barbara

    Thank you, Bishop Paprocki.
    It’s time our leaders took a stand using Catholic teachings.

  • Elizabeth Schmeidler

    My heart is blessed by the bishop’s stand for truth. So much so, that I could cry with joy. So many times we Catholics stand alone in our adherence to God’s holy precepts. Those of us who refuse to cave in to the devil’s trickery to make wrong into right are thrilled and blessed by this bishop and all priests and people in authority who will stand with them. Thank you Bishop Thomas. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being bold and helping to douse the fiery lies of the devil, who would love to see men and women who are living the gay lifestyle burn in hell. Praying for their conversion and dedication to God is what the rosary should be for….and I agree, to pray for gay marriage is blasphemy.

  • TM

    I would suggest it might help to pray the Rosary for the salvation of souls and conversion of sinners to truth, particularly those same-sex attracted men and women who are living out their lives in ignorance or defiance of that truth. That would go to the heart of the real issue, the salvation of souls.

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    • Antonio A. Badilla

      Pope Francis can move him.

      • Slats

        Hopefully to Chi-town.

  • eric

    I’m sure there are many gays who attend Catholic Church who quietly pray to themselves for acceptance of gay marriage and who do not wear rainbow sashes. Jesus was very clear about praying in a private, personal way and not in public.



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