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Entries by Michele Somerville from 08/2012

Gunning for Nuns, Part 2: The Nuns Respond

| Posted 08.15.2012 | Religion

The Vatican had nothing to gain by staging a tantrum and humiliating the nuns. Like a cool-headed mom managing a child demanding candy in the supermarket checkout line, the LCWR waited for the histrionics to pass.

The Al Smith Dinner: Why Dolan Should Have Snubbed Obama and Why I'm Glad He Didn't He Didn't

| Posted 08.23.2012 | Religion

That precedent exists for excluding pro-choice candidates from this event makes it all the more difficult for Dolan to put the kind of spin he needs on his decision to invite the president to the dinner.

"Grabby" Vito Lopez and the Bishop in His Pocket

| Posted 08.28.2012 | New York

I wasn't surprised to read this morning that the conduct of Democratic power broker Assemblyman Vito Lopez has finally landed him in hot water. It looks as if he has been shown the door.