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The [Wednesday] Papers

1. Trust Me, It's For The Kids.

See also: The [Tuesday] Papers for essential background.

2. RTA Launching Ventra Probe.

"The Regional Transportation Authority is launching an inquiry into snafus surrounding the CTA's launch of its Ventra fare card, officials said today.

"RTA Chairman John Gates Jr. asked the RTA's chief auditor to review the Ventra rollout, saying an independent analysis of the problems was needed.

"This has morphed into far more than a computer glitch," Gates said.

See also: The [Friday] Papers for essential background.

Related: Song of the Moment: V.E.N.T.R.A.

3. Exorcism Against Same-Sex Marriage Decried As 'Political Stunt.'

"Heads likely won't spin and demons probably won't hover as Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield offers prayers for exorcism Wednesday in opposition to Gov. Pat Quinn's planned signing of Illinois' same-sex marriage bill.

"So what do some Catholics believe will happen when Paprocki dons a purple stole at a church near the state Capitol, recites the litany of saints and implores, 'From all evil, deliver us, O Lord'?

"Some Catholics would believe that God is being invoked to dispel evil, the condition of evil in this case," said the Rev. Gary Thomas, a California priest whose training as an exorcist was featured in the 2011 film The Rite. "It would be a rare Catholic to expect something dramatic to happen at the moment."

Not even blood shooting from Quinn's pen?


"Thomas Paprocki was born in Chicago, Illinois; he has six brothers and two sisters," according to his Wikipedia entry.

"A lifelong fan of hockey, he began playing at a young age in the basement of his father's drugstore and supports the Chicago Blackhawks."

Paprocki is such a fan of hockey he's known as the Holy Goalie.

"He was profiled in the December [2005] issue of USA Hockey magazine, where he was pictured in his episcopal robes holding a hockey stick and helmet," Tom Sheridan reported for the Catholic News Service in 2005.

"The article's headline, appropriately enough, was 'Holy Goalie.' Bishop Paprocki has been playing hockey - floor hockey - since he was a boy, but it's only been in the past decade, he told the magazine, that he's taken to the ice. Now, twice a week he plays at McFetridge Ice Center stopping pucks in an over-30, no-check league."

At the time, Paprocki was the Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Springfield.

Paprocki is one of God's special creatures.

"During midnight mass, Paprocki ripped airport security personnel for not profiling Arabs and warned that Muslims could impose Islamist values in the United States if they keep moving here until they reach a majority," Bruce Rushton reported for Illinois Times in 2011. "He also gave a history lesson about a failed invasion of Europe by Muslim soldiers.

"Paprocki didn't back down when Corey Brost, a priest and a high school teacher in Arlington Heights, wrote an opinion piece published in the State Journal-Register, saying that Paprocki had given an inaccurate portrayal of Islam, invited fear and advocated unconstitutional human rights abuses.

"In a response published in the diocesan newspaper, Paprocki mocked Brost for writing that there is no modern onslaught of Muslims attacking Christians.

"Oh, really?" Paprocki wrote. "That's easy to say from the calm and peaceful security of Arlington Heights, Illinois."

"The homily was vintage Paprocki, a man known for damning torpedoes. In 2007, Paprocki told a group of judges and lawyers in Michigan that monetary awards to victims of sexual abuse by priests were excessive and that the legal system needed reform.

"Today in North America and elsewhere, the law is being used to undermine the charitable works and the religious freedom of the Church," Paprocki said four years ago. "This attack is particularly directed against bishops and priests, since the most effective way to scatter the flock is to attack the shepherd. We must also use our religious discernment to recognize that the principal force behind these attacks is none other than the devil."

Ah, the devil. That's right in Paprocki's wheelhouse. Three years ago, he organized an exorcism conference in Baltimore that made national news.

Then last year, Wikipedia notes, "Paprocki told his parishioners that voting 'for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy.' His [Catholic Times] article went on at length discussing how the Democratic Party embraced objectionable doctrines."


Trailer for The Rite, which got 21% on the Tomatometer:


4. R. Kelly's New Album Touts Provocative Cover Art.

Not really, unless by provocative you mean "Are all of those women of age?"

And I don't mean that as a joke, but as a remark of disgust. R. Kelly is on a roll again lately and few seem to be bothered by his documented history.

See the updated (in comments) Lady Gaga's Affront To R. Kelly's Victims.

5. Tribune Company To Cut Nearly 700 Jobs.

"The 6% staff reduction will come primarily from the company's beleaguered newspaper unit, but will largely involve operations personnel rather than reporters and editors at its eight daily papers, Peter Liguori, Tribune's chief executive, said in an interview. "

See also From Trees To Tribunes for a look at the way it was.

6. Is Marc Trestman Awesome Or What?

Yes. Yes he is.

See also: Marc Trestman, Will You Be My New Dad?

7. Congressional Compromise On Transparency Leaves Obama's Military Aid In Shadows.

Administration forges half-hearted measures with gaping loopholes

8. The World Almanac And Book Of Facts 2014 Is On The Way And It's Going To Be Awesome.

Containing thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Exorcise your demons.


Posted on November 20, 2013

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