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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.

Before the Cross | Pope John Paul II's witness inspires us to face challenges; his example shows there is meaning to suffering and aging

Do you remember the final days of Pope John Paul II's life?

In February 2005, the Holy Father was taken to Rome's Gemelli hospital with inflammation and spasm of the larynx, the result of influenza. He was treated and released, but he had to be readmitted a few days later because he had difficulty breathing. A tracheotomy was performed, and his breathing improved, but he was very frustrated because now he could barely speak. He returned to the Vatican and for the next month received special medical care as his condition worsened.


Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has made the following appointment:

Deacon J. Gerard Quinn, JCL., formerly assigned to assist the pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Louis, and to serve as a judge of the Court of First Instance on the Metropolitan Tribunal, is assigned to assist the pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, St. Louis, while continuing to serve on the Metropolitan Tribunal, effective Feb. 1, 2010.

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)."

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