Rev. Thomas Paprocki: Controversial priest brings message against same-sex marriage to Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- A controversial priest from Illinois, Reverend Thomas Paprocki, brought his same-sex marriage message to Cincinnati during a lecture at the Athenaeum Of Ohio Wednesday evening.

Tri-Staters packed the hall where Paprocki spoke, while protestors stood outside for hours to oppose his ideas. The Bible is his reference for teaching, but the protestors used the idea of tolerance, along with recent comments from the Pope on same-sex relationships.

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Paprocki is nationally known for opposing the legalization of same-sex marriage. He believes that the Bible clearly explains why same-sex marriage is wrong. Other Catholics should feel the same way, he teaches.

"Neither two men or two women, or three or more people can possibly form a marriage," Paprocki said. "Marriage is the union of a man and woman."

The protestors strongly disagree, saying his theory clashes with the Pope's beliefs. According to protestor Bob Butts, the Pope's bigger concern is poverty.

"My partner and I have been together for 26 years," he said. "This stuff is mean, hateful, does a lot of harm, especially to young LGBT youth."

Protesting along with Butts was Peggy Hanna.

"I believe those of us who are not in the LGBT community, we need to come out and support them," she said. "This is the right thing to do. I am wishing the church would open its mind and heart."

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WCPO reporter Natasha Williams spoke with protestors at the lecture.


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