Say Hello to the New Bishops!



If you want to know what an apostle looks like, his picture is to the right.

That’s Bishop Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois.  Among other things, he’s a former hockey goalie, which probably gave him pretty good training for what he went through at a church gathering in Phoenix over the weekend.

Bishop Paprocki took part in the event, billed as “Two Catholic Views of Gay Marriage,” along with renowned feminist nun and Catholic dissenter Sr. Jeannine Gramick.

It was clear from the outset that the vast majority of the audience had come looking for a fight, eager to launch every weapon in their arsenal straight at this lone Catholic bishop and the truth he stood up for.  They came ready for battle.

But so did he.

Facing what can only be described as an all out attack, Bishop Paprocki stood strong and defended the Church and her teaching against the fiercest blows the crowd could hurl at him.  The enemies of marriage were rabid and relentless, assaulting the bishop with rude interruptions, sneering sarcasm, and hostile questions clearly designed to trip him up or catch him in a contradiction.

They failed, miserably.

I haven’t seen a video of the event, and don’t even know if there is one, but I’ve excerpted an article by Michael Clancy of the Arizona Republic for some of the better quotes by Bishop Paprocki:

“This event was billed as ‘Two Catholic Views of Gay Marriage,’ ” he said. “But there is only one view that is authentically Catholic. The other view is dissenting.”

He said if same-sex marriage is allowed, sadomasochism or other practices should be, too.  “If there is no moral truth, only alternatives, then everything should be OK,” he said.

He said those who oppose the church on the issue should become Protestants. “They do a lot of good things too,” he said.

Lord, send us more bishops like Bishop Paprocki!

Bishops are called successors of the apostles.  When we consider the Church’s teaching on apostolic succession, we think not only of the first bishops, the apostles themselves, but also of the continuous line of bishops from then until now – that unbroken line of holy men that have stood tall and protected the Church through the ages, from Peter and Paul to Augustine and Athanasius, from James and Andrew to John Fisher and Thomas Becket.

becket2But perhaps, sadly, the last half century has left us with a sense of longing when it comes to this leadership we seek and  depend on among our bishops.  Not to say there haven’t been a number of worthy, even great bishops in this time, maybe more even than we were willing to acknowledge.  But we’ve also seen the tragic consequences of an episcopacy seemingly made up more of comfortable clerics concerned with administration and management than men of action who take seriously their charge of defending the Faith with ready and steadfast courage when she comes under fire, and shepherding the Church with clear voices of conviction and authority as she carries out her mission on earth.

But now, that’s changing.

As the next couple decades unfold, it will become increasingly clear that among the greatest legacies of John Paul and Benedict is the group of bishops they appointed, especially in the United States.  And as the Church is besieged more and more by an increasingly hostile culture that seeks to demoralize and discourage those who would stand up for the truth, we’re going to start seeing more instances of bishops being specifically targeted for attack.  Sheep without shepherds are the wolves’ easiest prey.

This is why Bishop Paprocki’s brave stand in Phoenix is so important.  It sends a message, not only to the faithful who have so eagerly awaited it, but to the enemies of the Church as well:

The bishops are back.




Categories:Culture Marriage New Evangelization

  • Jess

    I wonder why that nun still identifies herself as Catholic and why her bishop hasn’t done anything about her. Let us pray for Bishop Paprocki – we need more courageous, passionate priests like him.

  • Marjorie

    Love this bishop’s courage — however I take issue with him telling gays to leave the Catholic church and become “Protestant”. Vatican II is clear Protestants are brothers and sisters in the Lord. They are waging massive political war themselves against gay marriage (Dr. Dobson, etc.). It is the LUKEWARM “Christians” of EVERY denomination who are the promoters of acceptance of homosexuality in the Church. And those who are wolves in sheep’s clothing — present in Catholic and every other denomination.

    • Christina

      He didn’t say that people with same-sex attraction should leave the Church. He was saying that if you want approval for acting on it then you’re going to have to leave the Church to get it. That’s what “protestant” means.

  • D’Anne Means

    I love Catholic Vote and participate strongly in everything you do and stand for. I belong to the Nazarene Church. This is the first time I’ve felt offended by something I read. I don’t understand the comment, “If you oppose the church on the issue you should become Protestant.” WHAT? I was terribly offended by this remark! All Protestants (of many flavors!) that are truly Biblical believers would stand wholeheartedly for marriage between a man and a woman…as God designed it. Are there “Protestants” that believe in same sex marriage? Probably, but they would fall in the same category as Catholics who believe in same sex marriage…a view that is not Biblically supported!! I would NEVER tell Protestants who believe in same sex marriage to go be a Catholic because “They do a lot of good things too!”.

    Horribly offensive. I’m sure he didn’t mean it that way….at least I hope not….but it is.

    Let us, Protestant and Catholic alike, stand for marriage as God intended it and not portray the other in a bad light. PLEASE!!!

    • Rod H.

      D’Anne, with all due respect and love, the very definition of a Protestant is a Catholic who dissents! Up to the time of the Reformation in the 1500’s (?), there was only 1 Church – the Catholic Church. The Bishop was merely pointing out that if one is a dissenter, then that person is really a Protestant, so why not be true to his/her beliefs and join a Protestant church? There is nothing to be offended at here! With that said, why not come and join us? The welcome will be warm, the Doctrine is sound and immutable and the heavenly Eucharist will change you forever! You are missing out on so much!

      God bless you!

      Rod H.

    • Brian

      Hi D’Anne, hopefully you are right that the bishop’s intention was good (I hope so too!); it’s also possible the reporter paraphrased him incorrectly or out of context in order to make a “punchier” or “better” story (as the news often likes to do)… Sounds like this shindig was pretty polemical to begin with, and I suppose we are left a bit in the dark on the precise details.
      Whatever the case, I’ll take a stab and guess that the bishop’s point was merely to note the odd contradiction of a Catholic opposing his or her own Church’s moral teaching (not, of course, as you duly note, to say that this teaching is exclusive to Catholics).
      But it’s analogous to saying, for example, I’m a proud member of the NRA but I don’t believe in gun ownership. No analogy is perfect, though hopefully that helps.
      His point was probably not to pit one religious group against another (actually, it would seem to me almost positive that this was not his point. Catholics and Christians need to stick together) ; rather, the bishop is probably suggesting, “Hey, if you don’t believe what we teach, that’s fine. But you should ask yourself why you feel the need to remain part of a group that you disagree with.” Instead of trying to stay a part of the NRA, it would be more consistent with one’s beliefs to leave the NRA and join an anti-NRA group (again, analogy not perfect here, but you get the idea).

  • Anita Brotonel

    God Bless You, Bishop.

    Please continue to shepherd the Catholic flock.

    Thank you.

  • May

    Twenty years ago, Sr. Jeannine G. came to speak at a hotel in a major city in our state. She advertised in the paper that she was a Catholic nun speaking on the homosexual issue. A friend and I attended and she was spewing the same dissident garbage about homosexuality then as she does now. We were the only ones in the room to offer a counter to her heresy. There was even a Catholic priest from the diocese there who was supporting what she said. Of course he was one of the dissident priests in the diocese and has since gone on to his eternal reward (RIP). The diocese posted a statement that she did not represent the Bishop nor the diocese. My question is: who supports this woman and why has she not been excommunicated a long time ago?

  • Malia

    Don’t leave your Head behind just because the Body is weak! Stay and fight for the one true Church of Christ! We are the Church Militant… We are born for combat.

    • Kevin

      …and this battle you will lose.

      • Slats

        What? Perhaps in terms of civil laws, but not in terms of the perseverance of the Church and the eternity of the integrity of right and wrong. Sorry.

      • Michael

        “On this rock I found my Church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.”

      • Edgar Fernandez

        You are wrong. The battle has already been won by our Lord.

      • Angela

        No, Kevin…it is a battle we will WIN, God Promised and Christ Sealed that promise with his blood. Even Satan and his lies will not prevail.



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