Thomas Paprocki, Catholic Bishop of Springfield, Illinois slammed Catholics supporting marriage equality, saying they are helping to destroy the family.
In a special speech to honor Valentine's Day and discuss the meaning of love, the Bishop also said that being gay is a 'condition' that can be dealt with through a 'life of chastity'.
The speech was timed ahead of tomorrow's planned debate of Illinois Senate that is tipped to approve marriage equality legislation
The Bishop warned Catholic supporters of gay marriage saying: 'We would do well to remember the color red is associated with St. Valentine’s Day because Valentine died as a martyr on February 14, about the year 270.
The Bishop of Springfield Illinois said being gay is a 'condition' needing celibacy and Catholics who support marriage equality are destroying the family.