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.



Categories:Marriage New Evangelization

  • catherine lesley

    May god continue to give you the courage needed to stand on the values he created for us and the wonderful sacrament of marriage god bless you!

  • Vivian Iturralde

    I am overjoyed to see there is hope in the Catholic Church knowing it is blasphemous act and letting the depraved minds know it will not be tolerated. May you keep being blessed with the spirit of authority given you and not a spirit of timidity!!


    It’s about time someone in the Catholic Church spoke up!!

  • Darla Moser

    God bless this Bishop I stand with him even if It’s not popular!


    Thank you Bishop Paprocki. Keep up the good fight.

  • Sharon

    I wish I knew this prior to 5pm that day. I saw the rally and decided to head home instead of navigating downtown Springfield and all the sashes. I still had to stumble over explaining it to the kids the whole way home.



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