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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


Clinton vs. Obama

Will sore losers spoil the Democratic hope for change?
As Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continue in a fight-to-the-finish, the debate over the value of the Electoral College system again gathers steam.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  February 13, 2008


Pro-lifers: not as consistent as they’d have you believe

Public + Private
The so-called “pro-life” movement must explain its glaring hypocrisy.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  February 06, 2008


Our bridges are in a heap of trouble

Local motion
About 40,000 vehicles cross the Sakonnet River Bridge, which connects Tiverton and Portsmouth, most days — more than the combined traffic of the Pell and Mount Hope bridges.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 30, 2008


Will ’08 be the year for universal health-care?

Patients’ rights
Someone ought to tell John McCain — and others who are intoxicated by nationalism — that the United States does not have the best health-care system in the world.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 23, 2008


Will bigotry doom Obama

Race + politics
It wasn’t so long ago when women had little chance of stepping outside the kitchen to make real differences in the public and private sector.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 09, 2008


Bishop’s puzzlement on pro-choice Catholics is misplaced

Clergy matters
Dogma doesn’t pay the rent, feed a hungry child, or pay for medicine; nor do arrogance, hypocrisy, or feigned bewilderment.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 02, 2008


To those not home for the holidays

I remember Christmases when my Dad would address dozens of cards, and I would carefully stick on each one the Christmas seals of Father Flanagan’s Boys Town.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  December 19, 2007


US Attorney Corrente and CVS CEO Ryan: two ‘regular guys’

Probing matters
The closely watched ongoing investigation of state legislators stars Robert Clark Corrente as the focused US attorney and Tom Ryan as the more enigmatic CVS CEO.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  December 05, 2007


Land of Liberty

We're trapped in the Homeland
After 9/11, many of us went to New York City, responding to then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s plea to help Gotham by visiting and spending money.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  November 28, 2007

State of the Nation

If only the war attracted as much attention as sports
Can the Red Sox Nation become the Stop the War Nation?
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  November 19, 2007

Californians show impressive grace under pressure

Golden state
Many of us haven’t felt a hell of a lot of national pride over the last six or so years.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 31, 2007


Ellen’s canine cry: A rare lapse for a self-possessed pioneer

Ellen DeGeneres’s dog story seemed a bit much last week.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 24, 2007


A humble people show uncommon grace

Letter from Peru
If there is such a thing as a national personality, the people of Peru have much to teach us about grace.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 17, 2007


Bollinger’s rebuke to Ahmadinejad blows up in his face

Stinging, emotional insults aimed at a guest — who was invited by Bollinger — teach students nothing of intellectual or social value.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 03, 2007


The real meaning of the Diocesan property sale

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence last week announced that it will sell several Rhode Island properties.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 26, 2007


A bitter pill

Uncle Sam gouges on birth control for college women
In W’s world unaffordable birth control pills may become the “weapons of mass destruction” that we couldn’t find, until now.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 12, 2007


Fly the friendly skies with the Pope

The Pope didn’t ask me for any marketing tips for his new airline venture linking Rome to pilgrimage sites like Lourdes, Fatima, and Czestochowa.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 05, 2007


We need to hear the sorrow of grieving mothers

America needs to know — if she would tell us — what she is feeling in the depths of her broken heart.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  August 29, 2007


Trying to put a price on this failed marriage is absurd

Get over it
Leroy Greer’s lawyer, Kennitra Foote, says that her client’s attempt to “say it with flowers” is going to cost him $300,000. 
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  August 22, 2007


The problematic culture of ‘virginity rings’

Symbols symbols  
Lydia Playfoot, a 16-year-old English student, regrets that London’s High Court rejected her request to wear a Christian “virginity ring” to school.
By: MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  August 15, 2007

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