Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield has declared it a sin for gay men and women to enter a civil marriage.

In a press release announcing an event next Wednesday to counter Governor Pat Quinn's planned ceremony to sign a bill legalizing gay nuptials in Illinois, Paprocki stated that “since same-sex marriage is contrary to the plan of God, those who contract civil same-sex marriage are culpable of serious sin.”

Politicians who enacted the legislation are “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin,” he added.

Paprocki, a vocal opponent of the law, added: “It 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. All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation. We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church.”

Paprocki will offer “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage” at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield at approximately the same time Quinn signs the marriage bill into law.