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

  • Taylor Wilkerson

    Does it not trouble everyone else that Bishop Paprocki told the crowd that those who disagree with the Church on this issue should just become Protestants because “they do a lot of good things too”? That’s very troubling coming from a Catholic bishop. If this is what our shepherds are saying, where do we look? It would seem that his argument, from what I’ve read here and on other sites, was poorly constructed and failed to answer questions and accusations.

    The Catholic Church needs to open up discussion on this, in my opinion, so that we can freely and openly hear both sides and then decide as an informed Church. Shutting down dialogue is beyond unhelpful…and “debates” like this obviously don’t work out so well, either.

    • Slats

      Taylor, there is zero “dialogue” on what has always and everywhere been held by the Church.

    • EL KEVBO

      If you protest what the Catholic Church teaches, could you not just as easily be a Protestant? You cannot be a vegan and eat steak, if you cannot or will not adhere to the tenets of veganism or Catholicism it is likely better for you to go elsewhere. Otherwise you would counstantly bring scandal upon yourself and others which is not what the Church wants for anyone.

    • John

      Since when does the church leadership “dialogue” with the followers to decide what tenets they should follow? If you disagree with the Church, you’re a Protestant. It’s simple.
      That’s why I’m not a Catholic.
      I don’t expect them to listen to and adapt to my views, why would I?

      • Ozzi

        John, the Church is not about dialoguing with people. The church is about proclaiming Christ’s truth. Since when did Christ dialogue with the people? He taught the truth, using parables or preaching, whether people accepted it or not. Protestants are really saying that they are pope and bishop to themselves, but clearly history teaches us that that is not the church Christ set up and nor is it a model that breeds unity.

  • EileenG

    Thank God for this holy bishop. I am proud to be a Catholic, a revert of sorts, and understand the truth and beauty of our faith, and the integrity of our views on the life and sexuality issues. Some ‘gay’ activists have worked to undermine our very culture, but they will not prevail. Our culture is toxic-physically and spiritually- but youth like Lila Rose lead the way to a new era, with the support of the good bishops!

    • jgbech

      Eileen, I believe that our faith will prevail when it comes to the gay “marriage” conflict. But, it has to be a clear message from the bishops. Not my dogma vs. yours sword rattling. Moreover, the “good” bishops must work to remove the “bad” bishops from their ranks. They currently operate with disregard and impunity.

  • Russell

    What a remarkably narrow minded man. And the sophistry used to defend his quite clear invitation for people to join a Protestant denomination would make a philosophy major blush. The Kingdom of Heaven and the Church on earth has not been harmed one iota because of gay marriage.

    • Slats

      Russell, his mind is “narrow” by the world’s standards insofar as he shares the mind and heart of Christ. To be part of the Catholic Church in mind and heart, one must hold that all genital acts between people of the same gender are grave matter, which is to say that if they are pursued with sufficient knowledge and consent of the will, they are mortal sins that cut the individual (if baptized) off from God by the person’s choice. If a Catholic fails to hold that, then he or she is only marginally part of the Church on earth, and is in fact working dynamically against the Kingdom of Heaven/Kingdom of God.

      With regard to the harm of same-gender “marriage,” it does harm society and make the world a worse place, which is why the Church opposes it. As for harming the Church, it corrupts morals in terms of wrongfully convincing many Catholics that there is nothing wrong with genital acts between two people of the same gender, which is objective falsehood. Many people of the veteran generation have de facto fallen away from the Church, being separated from belief in Catholic Truth, because of family situations. Same-gender “marriage” in society also harms the Church by bringing hardships to business owners who try to live according to their faith. The social pressures which surround it have led Obama and friends to attack the right of parents to teach Truth to their children and shield them from evil and falsehood. As mentioned elsewhere in this thread, the Church will prevail spiritually speaking, but how many millions of Catholics will fall away in the meantime?

  • Doug

    … Kevin, it depends on one’s perspective as to wins & losses. The Church has fought against heretics for two thousand years to defend the truth, and She’s still standing and professing the same truth. As a Catholic, that’s a win. The truth will forever be challenged by non-believers, relativism and the like. But so what. That’s to be expected. Do you really think the Church will cave to more of the same in the next two thousand? No way. So that’s another win for the truth. The gay agenda you support may in fact be accepted by a majority in our society at the end of the day, just like constraception and possibly abortion is today, but that doesn’t mean the Church will sway from the truth. So there’s no loss here. As the Bishop stated, become a Protestant if you’re a Catholic who opposes the Church on this (or any other) issue, although many Protestants stand with the Catholic Church on this issue. And if you’re a non-believer, keep doing what you’re doing. Maybe one day the truth will set you free.

  • Marie Blackwell

    Dear D’Anne, I’m sorry that you were offended. I’m not saying I agree with the quoted remark, especially out of context. I would just like to point out that it refers to the fact that there is no single governing authority under the umbrella of “Protestant” beliefs. Therefore, you may quite correctly say (in my view and that of the Catholic Church) that for a Christian to support same-sex marriage is in opposition to biblical revelation, however, someone just as “Protestant” as you can disagree because there is no recourse to the same type of authority as in the Catholic Church. There are very few dogmas which unite all Christians. Therefore, I think what is being quoted is a reference to the fact that one who wants to dissent can find other supporters in some Protestant churches, churches within which they will not be dissenters. I’m not sure if I explained this well. Can anyone else help our sister out? God Bless, Sister!

  • Christina

    Protestant means anyone PROTESTING the Catholic Church’s teaching, whether that’s same-sex so-called “marriage” or the Eucharist! Both are protests!



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