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Unchecked power and secrecy — not gays — are the church’s problem

Vatican Myopia
Presenting more evidence that it just doesn't get it, the Vatican recently issued new so-called, "psychological screening guidelines" to weed out priest candidates with "psychopathic disorders," but only those related to sexual misconduct — specifically homosexuality.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  November 19, 2008

We want a fresh start — and an untroubled election

Election Day 2008
Tuesday, November 4, Election Day, may be the most important day of our lives — and even more so for the children and grandchildren we will eventually leave behind. 
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 29, 2008


Sexual Politics

Everybody wants some, but women don’t call it an illness
Duchovny, now 48 and with a nearly complete doctorate from Yale in English lit, says he is back in rehab for sex addiction.  
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 09, 2008


He was a man in full

R.I.P., Paul Newman
For some of us who admired Paul Newman, what we most appreciated was humanity that transcended his physical appeal and made him the man we’d love to have known better.  
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 02, 2008

A tale of two views of America

Letter From Italy
On a hot summer night, at a gala at Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy’s ongoing love affair with America was renewed.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 24, 2008


Clinton women for Palin? No way

Gender politics
Memo to John McCain: We may be angry, but we haven’t gone completely mad.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 03, 2008


McCain has a double standard on Viagra and birth control

Sexual politics
McCain backed legislation allowing Medicaid to cover Viagra for men, while forbidding the federal health-insurance program for the poor from covering  birth control pills for women.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  August 13, 2008


Let’s not sugarcoat the flaws of Newport society

R.I.P. Eileen Slocum
Eileen Slocum, an ardent opponent of reproductive freedom and a staunch supporter of “basic family values,” spent her days trying to deprive poor men and women of access to the same societal choices enjoyed by the rich.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  July 30, 2008


The deadly cost of ‘honor killings’

Human rights
The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 5000 "honor killings" occur worldwide each year, though they are vastly underreported.  
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  July 16, 2008


Dour economy offers an echo of a painful past

Tough times
My grandparents used to talk about the Depression.  I am only now able to put a face on what they were remembering, and I fear for what the heartless, cold, and costly winter will bring.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  July 09, 2008


What about McCain’s mental health?

Campaign 2008
While some worry about the impact of John McCain’s age on his physical health and his potential longevity in office, others are more concerned about his mental health.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  July 02, 2008


Communion shouldn’t be based on politics

Catholic priests call themselves “vicars of Christ,” so those giving communion need only recall Christ’s forgiveness of a thief on an adjacent Calvary cross, and ask, “What would Jesus do?”
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  June 18, 2008

A shopper’s experience of the recession

I went to the mall for a lesson in economics. America’s bad times were palpable there.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  June 04, 2008


The Double standards

Women get screwed in sex scandals — and men get a free pass
Women get screwed in sex scandals — and men get a free pass.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  May 21, 2008


How private are your medical records?

Technology watch
Let’s face it: the worldwide Web is making privacy obsolete.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 30, 2008


Why dogs speak to our souls

Goodbye, Friend
I had just returned from doing a few errands when the realization struck — again — that my faithful companion of the last 16 years was forever gone from the back seat.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 16, 2008


Could America face a committee choice for president?

Surprise Scenario
Like many thoughtful voters, I have privately wondered what would happen if John McCain, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama were to die after being nominated.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 09, 2008


The problem with the Pope’s new list of deadly sins

The pope recently declared obscene riches, pedophilia, and causing social injustice as three of the newest deadly sins.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 02, 2008


McCain perpetuates ignorance about the US health-care system

Got Insurance?
John McCain should stop flashing a spotlight on what he doesn’t know.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 19, 2008


The trouble with Carcieri’s musical chairs

Well, so much for the Carcieri administration’s assurances that the governor’s latest round of musical chairs would not bring with it an increase in staff positions and/or salary costs.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 12, 2008


Supposed clerical reformer proves to be a control freak

The ProJo ’s front page on February 15 delivered a one-two punch to Rhode Island Roman Catholics.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  February 20, 2008

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