"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
Wow! Dr. Ed Peters
link on his “Canon Law”
Face Book page; it’s an article in the Chicago Tribune which reports that (my emphases):
Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said he will offer prayers for “exorcism in reparation for
the sin of same-sex marriage” at the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is
expected to sign the same-sex marriage bill next week.
said he will offer the prayers intended to cast out evil at the Cathedral of
the Immaculate Conception in the state’s capital Wednesday.
is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible
for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions despite
the clear teaching of the church,” Paprocki said in a statement.
politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful
and objectionable legislation,” Paprocki said. “We must pray for deliverance
from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church.”
[I've been informed that this is technically not an exorcism, but is a "rite of expelling demons from a particular location". For the moment, I think we can use the shorthand of "exorcism".] Dr. Peters commented
that what’s “really interesting” about the bishop’s exorcism:
… is that Paprocki is a lawyer (twice
over, in fact, JD, JCD) and he makes excellent use of law in his work. But
this, this, calls for something stronger
than law: preserving marriage calls for grace. God bless Bp. Paprocki.
stronger than law!
Meanwhile, back at
the USCCB ranch, we have that “special statement” about the HHS contraception
mandate, and how all the bishops will fight it. Hmph. Yeah, sure, I’m glad they
made a[nother] namby-pamby statement about it, and that the statement was
Still, it doesn't
sound different from anything they have already said. It doesn't say WHAT they
will do, other than "continue our efforts", which of course have been
so effective thus far...
I don't see anyone
offering to go to jail.
And I don’t see
anyone offering to do an exorcism, either.
God bless Bishop
Paprocki. Keep him in your prayers, because he will definitely be in the devil’s
cross hairs now.
I have also written
about Bishop Paprocki in these posts (most recent first):