Gov. Pat Quinn is planning a big public ceremony to sign the same-sex marriage bill next Wednesday (Nov. 20) in Chicago.
An hour or so later, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will hold a sort of counter service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.
In a statement, the bishop says politicians who supported same-sex marriage are “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”
But during the House debate last week, an even higher Catholic authority was cited. House Speaker Michael Madigan, quoting Pope Francis: "If someone is gay, and he searches for the lord, and he has goodwill, who am I to judge?" (Madigan was paraphrasing. The actual quote is: " [I]f a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge.")