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Thee Catholic Church’s Phoenix Diocese has selected an Illinois bishop who performed a long-distance exorcism on his state’s governor to speak at the “Red Mass” that marks the beginning of Arizona’s legislative session, The Arizona Daily Star reports.
The Church selected Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois to open the session. Last year, Paprocki conducted “prayers of supplication and exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” on the day Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.
“Be gone Satan, father of lies, enemy of human salvation,” Paprocki said at the ceremony. “Give way to Christ, in whom you found no trace of your works. Give way to the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic church, which Christ himself won by his blood.”
Support for the Pope was bipartisan, as Representative Kate Brophy McGee (R-Phoenix) told The Daily Star that “I’m going to go with the pope” and his message to “grow our church and grow our understanding of God and not let anybody feel that they’re not worthy to be in front of God.”
having originated with the Mass that marked the opening of Parliament in 13th Century England. The traditional name of “The Red Mass” is derived from the color of the vestments worn by priests. Red is the liturgical color for the Holy Spirit, a reminder of the fire that is a symbol of God’s Holy Spirit. Also, attending judges in centuries past wore robes of bright scarlet, providing another connection of the Mass to those who serve people in the names of justice and governance.