Much attention was given at the Democratic National Convention held recently in Charlotte, N.C., to the fact that all references to God had been purged from the draft version of the party platform. After outcries of protest from outside as well as within the Democratic Party, the sentence with the same reference to God used in 2008 was restored to read, “We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
Springfield Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki is no ordinary church leader. He’s an expert on exorcisms, has stature as a canon lawyer and has been a hockey goalie. He added to his local and national notoriety recently with a column in the local diocesan newspaper.