Jerry Corrento is a Catholic of contradictions. The 63-year-old great-grandfather serves as a lector and eucharistic minister at St. Timothy's in Mayfair, but he would be an odd choice to collect the offering. He'll gladly help his parish fix the roof but is rescinding an $1,800 pledge to the Philadelphia Archdiocese's $200 million "Heritage of Faith - Vision of Hope" campaign until Cardinal Justin Rigali resigns and the church pays for crimes against children.
Hours after a troubled 22-year-old massacred six people and wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others in a Tucson, Ariz., parking lot, my in box began filling up with unsolicited missives from officials and interest groups miles from the crime scene.
Monica Yant Kinney joined the Inquirer in 1996 and was named a metro columnist in 2001 at the age of 30. She puts so many miles on her car roaming the region she finally bought a Prius. Monica has covered suburban trends and Philadelphia city government and, for two years, focused exclusively on crime, color and characters of South Jersey. In the early 1990s, she expensed her cable bill while she was the television critic at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. Monica is a 1993 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., but now lives with her husband (a fellow Notre Dame grad), and their two young children in a very old house in Haddonfield.
Her column appears Sundays and Wednesdays in Local & Region.