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

  • Kathy Fischer

    thank you Bishop Paprocki for your firm stand on Marriage which is one Man and one Woman designed by God.

  • Zuzana

    I may have misunderstood Robert in his post, but I know others who speak of Pope Francis as being so much more loving than his predecessors, casting an uninformed judgment on Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. In truth, we only know our Popes by what we have read or seen in the media. It is a safe bet that Pope Francis would support Bishop Paprocki’s statement. God should not be mocked. The Pope’s sympathy toward gays is on a human level… one to one. He is not advocating that a gay agenda should be accepted within the Church.


      Zuzana (What a lovely name!) The term “gay agenda” has been thrown around so much it can mean almost anything. I suspect that if it’s expressed in terms of “People shouldn’t be be imprisoned, beaten, killed or fired from their employment for being gay.” the Holy Father would be fully on board. ~ Pax, Greg

      • Slats

        Two points –
        1) So, “fired from their job” is as bad as being killed, beaten, or imprisoned?

        2) The Church has a right to fire people from their jobs for doing what the Church considers evil. As you know, the Church teaches love for the same-gender attracted and condemns same-gender acting-out. Attraction and acting out are two different things in Catholic teaching, end of story. “Fired for being gay” is thus a misnomer, because faithful Catholics and non-Catholic persons would generally accept as common ground that “gay” refers to the attraction, not the acting out. Firing a person for a known attraction would be wrong and probably even sinful. Firing a person for same-gender acting out, which is categorically different from firing him or her for “being gay,” may be discrimination in some people’s eyes, but once again, the Church teaches that the act is wrong, and has a right to hold employees to that standard, particularly if they have agreed to that standard ahead of time.

  • Gregory

    God bless you Bishop Paprocki. We could sure use you here in NYC.

  • Kelso

    Robert, do you believe that the Church is Catholic? Catholic means “universal” — not only spatially, but in time as well. Are you saying that there was something wrong with the Church of the 15th century? How about the 5th century? How about the 19th Robert? Just what “compassionate Church” do you belong to? And who is this “compassionate” Jesus that you liberals have invented. No, you didn’t mention Jesus, but the Church is His Mystical Body, today and yesterday. Saint Paul has it in Hebrews: Jesus Christ, yesterday, today, and the same forever. People who deviate from the teaching of the Church have “alienated” themselves. You do not reach them with condescending effeminate smiles, you reach them with the truth you utter. That is true charity. The Church is not meant to be “inclusive” to pseudo-Catholics. No one has a “right” to be Catholic. We have a duty to be Catholic. Duty means obligations. If you have a problem with the 15th century than do what Luther did in the 16th. Start your own church.

  • St. Mike’s Trooper

    This could be a “shot heard round the world” moment. Will the police force the Bishop to back down and allow the gays and their supporters to storm the cathedral? Or, will the clergy be able to keep the promulgators of evil out? Lawsuits there will be, that is of no doubt.
    Saint Michael the Archangel, stand with us in battle.


      The Culture War Catholics cry victimhood and the LGBT activists cry victimhood. I think Pope Francis would recommend that everyone just calm down.

  • @FMShyanguya

    V. Let us pray for Bishop Paprocki.
    R. May he stand courageously and tend your flock, O Lord, I your sublime name.

    • @FMShyanguya

      …O Lord, in your sublime name.



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