Illinois bishop bars organized prayers for same-sex marriage in cathedral
A plan to recite the Rosary for the cause of same-sex marriage is blasphemous, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois has said.
Catholics lobbying for legal recognition of same-sex marriage in Illinois have announced plans to gather at the citys cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The bishop announced that anyone wearing the rainbow sash favored by the gay-rights movement will be denied entrance to the cathedral, and anyone who begins vocal prayers for same-sex marriage will be asked to leave.
It is blasphemy to show disrespect or irreverence to God or to something holy, the bishops said. 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.