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Before the Cross - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Column

'Before The Cross' by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Archbishop Carlson is the ninth Archbishop of Saint Louis. Listed below are the most recent columns written by Archbishop Carlson; click on the title to read the column. The Archdiocesan website has more information about Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

Consider a spirit of generous give and take

Dear Friends in Christ,

In this final column on the encyclical of Pope Benedict, "Charity in Love," we'll see why popes have been writing letters like this for the past century and more. It's not because the content of the Church's social doctrine changes but because the times we live in change. The pope writes with keen attention to the world today, to the challenges it poses for true, complete, or 'integral" human development and the opportunities to get hold of them -- this is our "vocation," he adds -- and turn them to our advantage.

"Before the Cross" - The mystery of the merciful justice of God

In his encyclical "Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life)," Pope John Paul II recalls the story of humanity's first act of violence, Cain's murder of his brother Abel (Gn 4:2-16).

"Cain said to Abel, his brother, 'Let us go out to the field.' And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother, Abel, and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, 'Where is Abel, your brother?' He said, 'I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?' And the Lord said, 'What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground.'"

A look at 'the problem of development'

This is the third of four columns by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson summarizing the content of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical 'Caritas in Veritate.'

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we once again observe the anniversary of the tragic Roe vs. Wade ruling, we know abortion must be abolished

As we once again observe the anniversary of the tragic anti-life decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade, I am compelled to write about abortion -- "an unspeakable crime" as Pope John Paul II describes it, quoting the Second Vatican Council, in his encyclical "Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life)."

We serve the world by lovingly proclaiming God's truth

This is the second of four columns by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson summarizing the content of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical 'Caritas in Veritate'

Dear Friends in Christ,

Homily by Archbishop Carlson at Mass for victims in Haiti

This is the text of a homily given by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson during a Mass Jan. 14 for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

We come together this morning to mourn the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters in Haiti ravaged by an earthquake of enormous proportions that has left tens of thousands dead and survivors waiting for the response of the world as they struggle for even the basics of life.

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