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CARDINAL TIM DOLAN’S MOVE TO SILENCE VICTIMS

Three priests have written to Pope Francis seeking an investigation into the Milwaukee archdiocesan bankruptcy. One of their concerns, a controversial move by then-Archbishop Tim Dolan to put $57 million into a cemetery trust fund he admitted “was to provide improved protection of these funds from “any legal claim and liability.” The intent of the bankruptcy proceeding for church officials “to exhaust silence and slander victims as well as to serve as a warning to others,” the letter asserts.

JOAN RIVERS ON CHRISTMAS

The late comedienne Joan Rivers said in 2013 that what she wanted most for Christmas was “a guy.” She cracked, “My recent ones were so fragile that instead of an MRI, we just held them up to the light. They turned every mattress into a waterbed.”

MAYOR FRANCIS SLAY LEADS THE WAY

A formal order that will require St. Louis’ municipal court judges to take in account a municipal violator’s ability to pay when deciding the appropriate punishment. Led by Mayor Francis Slay and entered today by Presiding Judge Gordon Schweitzer, the order gives judges the direction and ability to exercise discretion in determining the fine payment and payment schedule for a municipal violation.

MARGARET VANDEVEN UPPED TO COMMISSIONER

Dr. Margaret Vandeven gets stripes as the new Mo. Commissioner of Education. Predecessor Dr. Chris Nicastro retires Dec. 31.

SEN. CLAIRE McCASKILL TAKES AIM AT EDITORIAL, EMERSON’S GIFT TO HARRIS-STOWE, TOP 10 RELIGION STORIES

Sen. Claire McCaskill takes a shot at the editorial page of the N.Y. Times re “Military Sexual Assault Unresolved.” She wrote: “You don’t mention 36 reforms that recently became law to protect victims and hold military commanders accountable, or a new slate of reforms in this year’s defense bill. You also don’t mention that rape is a vastly unreported crime anywhere it occurs and not just in the military”. . .Ferguson-based Emerson has given $500k to Harris-Stowe State U. via a STEM scholarship. . .The Columbia MO-based Religion News Writers Association has issued its “top ten” religion stories of the year. Number 8 on the list: “Faith-based groups help lead peaceful protests against racial injustice in Ferguson, MO.”

KTVI REPORTER & WARDROBE OOPS

A major kerfuffle about KTVI, Channel 2′s interview on Chanukah by Kim Kelly Hudson with a Chabad (orthodox) rabbi at Chesterfield Mall: She was wearing a shirt emblazoned with a crucified Christ.

MITT ROMNEY, CARDINAL RAYMOND BURKE, BURP!

On McCausland just south of Highway 40, the city streets dept. has set up a large sign that says, “Bump” to warn motorists about a pothole. A witty person with black electrician’s tape has added the phrase “& Grind” to it. (Apparently, traffic will be reduced to one lane northbound for the next few days because of repairs.
“Something had definitely gone wrong.” In a new interview on a blog called The Radical Catholic, that’s how Cardinal Raymond Burke, formerly of our town, described the reforms of Vatican II. He deplored modernization of church rituals, twice using the word “violent” to describe themAnd Burke called a report by Pope Francis’ Synod on the Family “a cause for very serious reform” while also worrying that “Muslim life is taking over in countries which were formerly Christian.
Mitt Romney has become the acid reflux candidate. . .He just keeps coming up“, opines scribe Roger Simon. Simon continues, “Who are going to hire ex-Romney staffers in 2016 except Romney?. . .Having Romney 2012 is like having Hoover 1932 on your resume. . .History is not on Romney’s side.”

JON HAMM & MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE

Our town’s Jon Hamm: “For me to sign on now to do a superhero movie would mean I would be working until I am 50 as that particular superhero. It’s a lot of work for one thing, which is not necessarily the reason I got into this business,” he tells Radio Times. The 43 year-old Burroughs grad and “Mad Men” star can next be seen in “Black Mirror: White Christmas.” Hamm continued he felt “old and irrelevant in the current media landscape. . .Ask anyone under the age of 20 if they have heard of me, and they will go ‘No, that guy looks like my dad’. . .You don’t wear tights or a cape for a living, you literally have a hard time making an impression.”
A cost-conscious St. Louis taxpayer wonders why, in a state known for “fiscal restraint,” the Missouri Conservation Dept. advertises its website on the giant scoreboard at Mizzou home basketball games.
Groundbreaking at 11 a.m., tomorrow for the multimillion-dollar expansion of Boeing’s future home of 777X work at Boeing Defense, Space & Security at the intersection of Airport Road and J.S. McDonnell Blvd. It marks the first time Boeing has brought commercial aircraft work to our town.

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