Dave McKinney, reporting for the Chicago Sun-Times, wrote Wednesday:
SPRINGFIELD — Before a mostly full cathedral, the head of the capital city’s Roman Catholic flock looked both to the heavens and to Gov. Pat Quinn’s bill-signing ceremony for same-sex marriage Wednesday and uttered three words in Latin: “I exorcise you.”
With that, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki staged an unusual — and in Illinois, unprecedented — exorcism that asked God to “deliver us from evil” of a Quinn-led change in state law that will permit gay and lesbian couples to wed in Illinois despite the Catholic Church’s objections.
The service, held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, was entitled: “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage.” Paprocki, a former Chicago auxiliary bishop and a protege of Francis Cardinal George–who also stridently opposes the marriage legislation–wore penitential violet. Five hundred people attended.