A Chicago bishop who once blamed the devil for sexual abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church and proposed shielding the church from legal damages has been named to lead an Illinois diocese.
Thomas Paprocki, an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Chicago, was announced Tuesday as the church’s ninth bishop of Springfield.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said it was disappointed with Paprocki’s promotion.
“It says to us that the Vatican is more interested in doctrinal purity than child safety — or at least that child safety isn’t the No. 1 priority,” said David Clohessy, SNAP’s executive director.
Paprocki, 57, said three years ago that the principal force behind the waves of abuse lawsuits was “none other than the devil.”
He said the cost of litigation was making it more difficult for the church to perform charitable works. An attorney himself, Paprocki proposed that the courts revive an old policy of shielding nonprofit organizations from lawsuits over negligence and abuse.
Personally, I am going to shift all of my mobile focus from iPhone to Android based devices (I am particularly interested in the Android based tablets coming out this year) and not focus on the iPhone stuff as much anymore. This includes both Flash based, and Objective-C based iPhone development. While I actually enjoy working in Objective-C, I don’t have any current plans to update and / or maintain my existing native iPhone applications (including the AS3 Reference Guide, and Timetrocity). As I wrote previously, I think that the closed system that Apple is trying to create is bad for the industry, developers and ultimately consumers, and that is not something that I want to actively promote. Don’t worry though, I definitely plan to get both Pew Pew and Bacon Unicorn Adventure running on Android and am planning on open sourcing both.
We are at the beginning of a significant change in the industry, and I believe that ultimately open platforms will win out over the type of closed, locked down platform that Apple is trying to create.
The irony is that this was written in an attempt to promote Flash. Which is itself a closed, locked down platform. There are plenty of arguments to make about Flash and the iPhone, but “open platforms will win out” isn’t one of them. Because if “open platforms” are going to win, Mike may want to check out the status of WebKit.
Tomi Ahonen, former Nokia executive and self-professed expert on mobile phones, 11 days ago:
The Apple iPhone sales pattern differs from all other major smartphone makers because Apple only releases one new model per year. So the sales take off strongly and then decline as the rivals keep releasing newer phones. Apple’s best quarter is its Christmas quarter. This year they were not able to grow market share. And we already know, that Apple’s January-March quarter was a heavy fall from the Christmas level of sales (as it always is, this is the normal pattern).
The Company sold 8.75 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 131 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter.
So the “heavy fall from the Christmas level of sales” we “already know” about was, uh, an increase of 50,000 iPhones.