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Springfield Catholic Diocese bans those praying for same-sex marriage from cathedral

While many rallied for same-sex marriage at the Illinois state capitol Tuesday, the Springfield Catholic Diocese had something to say, too.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki said the Rainbow Sash Movement has encouraged Roman Catholics to come to Springfield to have a loud Catholic presence for marriage equality. Paprocki said the movement will gather at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 4:30 p.m. just before Mass to pray the rosary for marriage equality.

But Paprocki said the movement is unwelcome and said such prayers would not be allowed in the cathedral.

"It is blasphemy to show disrespect or irreverence to God or to something holy," Paprocki said. "Since Jesus clearly taught that marriage as created by God is a sacred institution between a man and a woman, praying for same-sex marriage should be seen as blasphemous and as such will not be permitted in the cathedral."

Paprocki said people wearing a rainbow sash or who affiliate themselves with the Rainbow Sash Movement would not be admitted into the cathedral and anyone who gets up to pray for same-sex marriage in the cathedral would be asked to leave.

"Of course, our cathedral and parish churches are always open to everyone who wishes to repent their sins and ask for God's forgiveness," Paprocki said.

You can read the full statement below:

Oct. 22, 2013

The Rainbow Sash Movement has encouraged Roman Catholics to come to Springfield to "have a loud Catholic presence for marriage equality." They have announced plans to gather at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 4:30 p.m. just before the 5:15 p.m. Mass to stand in the Cathedral and indicate that they are there to pray the rosary for "marriage equality."

It is blasphemy to show disrespect or irreverence to God or to something holy. 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.

People wearing a rainbow sash or who otherwise identify themselves as affiliated with the Rainbow Sash Movement will not be admitted into the cathedral and anyone who gets up to pray for same-sex marriage in the cathedral will be asked to leave.

Of course, our cathedral and parish churches are always open to everyone who wishes to repent their sins and ask for God's forgiveness.

Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois

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