Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, has just issued a harsh decree about how he wants priests in his diocese to treat same-sex couples both in life and in death. Happy Pride everyone.
The main points of the bishop's decree involve both the married couples and their children in the categories of:
- Same Sex Marriages
- Reception of Holy Communion
- Sacraments of Initiation (First Communion and Confirmation)
- Funeral Rites
- Church participation
- Catholic school participation
What better words to use to convey this bishop's ultra conservative views than his owh. Click on images for a larger view.
Paprocki is not new to being in the news. When Illinois passed a same-sex union bill in 2013, the bishop performed an exorcism when Illinois passed a same-sex union bill in 2013. He called out Catholic politicians for supporting such a bill. He embraces the traditional Catholic view that gays are immoral.
Is Bishop Paprocki being a good and true Catholic?
Or is he moving backwards from where the church is today.
Are there accepting Catholic churches out there?
I was raised Roman Catholic and every time I think about going back to the church, something like this comes to a head. Then again, I would have to believe in a Catholic god and that's something I never did in the first place.