A priest and parishioners from a Catholic church in Chicago burned a rainbow flag in an ‘exorcism’ ceremony.
Rev. Paul Kalchik – a priest at the Resurrection Parish Church – announced he would burn a rainbow pride flag that was once prominently displayed there.
In a church bulletin, he said it would occur in front of the church on September 29, to coincide with the Feast of Saint Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, NBC News reports.
Kalchik, who joined the church 11 years ago, said the flag was ‘unfortunately hanging in our sanctuary during the ceremony first Mass as Resurrection parish.’
In the announcement, he described the ‘US church homosexual scandal’ as a ‘sequel to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.’
But when the Archdiocese of Chicago became aware of Kalchik’s plans, it told him he couldn’t go ahead with it.
Nevertheless, Kalchik and some parishioners went ahead and burned the flag on Friday.
‘So in a quiet way we took matters into our own hands and said a prayer of exorcism over this thing,’ he told NBC News.
He said the flag was cut into seven pieces and burned in the same fire pit that was used for the Easter vigil mass.
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Source: Daily Mail