It is because of people like the Bishop of Springfield, IL, Thomas Paprocki, the faith gets ridiculed. He will hold an, “exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” when same sex marriage is made legal in Illinois.
The exorcism ceremony is intended to “cast out evil” because same sex marriage, “comes from the devil.” Dumb me. I thought same sex marriage was the product of people wanting legal and long term relationships.
The Diocese of Springfield has some other things that might better be called the work of the Devil. One is allegations of abuse of children by priests. Apparently, that problem does not merit exorcism.
The Diocese has experienced declining numbers in its Catholic schools. The Bishop could spend some time on that.
Promises of life after death, walking on water and exorcising evil spirits are concepts that would probably, in another society, be considered cult concepts. Because they are widely accepted in the Western world, cult is not cosidered a politically correct term.
Invisible evil spirits are involved in anti gay Protestant circles, too. I have a recording of a religious nut talking about how he encircled the San Francisco gay district with Jesus’ blood to keep out evil gay spirits. I read about a fundamentalist preacher from Muskogee, OK, who went to gay districts in NYC to kill evil spirits.
To the amusement of some of us, the wars between invisible forces of good and invisible forces of bad continue.