Paprocki said that under certain circumstances, a bishop may judge a cultural situation sufficiently grave to warrant a public exorcism. Citing remarks by Pope Francis, he said gay 'marriage' clearly fits the bill.
The bishop's spokesman said 'the Canons [Regular of St. John Cantius] are able serve in the Diocese of Springfield based on the permission of the Archbishop of Chicago. Therefore, Bishop Paprocki’s policy is in line with Cardinal Cupich’s December policy changes.'
The USCCB had declared in a March directive that transgender procedures 'do not respect the fundamental order of the human person as an intrinsic unity of body and soul, with a body that is sexually differentiated.'
‘I have never offered it, so don’t have a personal stake, but some of the best priests and lay people I know in the diocese where I work (and further afield) are absolutely devastated,’ wrote Fr. David Palmer.