EDITORIAL | Breaking barriers

At a general audience last year, Pope Francis said that brotherly love doesn't reign in the world. Our communities, neighborhoods, workplaces and homes often are fueled by jealousy, envy and anger.

"We must ask the Lord to help us understand his law of love," he said. "How good, how beautiful it would be if we loved one another as real brothers and sisters?"

Editorial | Overcoming moral obesity

Here is a sample of what the Vatican is up against as the Synod of Bishops on the family meets in Rome this month. Consider these statistics in the United States regarding marriage and family:

- More than 40 percent of children are born outside of marriage;

- The percentage of men and women who don't marry has doubled in the past 50 years;

- One out of three babies born today has one parent in the household;

Is this surprising? No. Should we be concerned? Absolutely.

Editorial | Love, reverence, respect

It all boils down to love, reverence and respect.

"Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God's creation, made in His own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect," Pope Francis said in his Day for Life Greeting last year.

When God created each of us, He did so with precision and purpose, and He looks on each of us with love that can't be outdone in intensity or tenderness, said Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

Editorial | Respond to challenges to the family structure

Major challenges face families today, including an erosion of their foundation.

The Catholic Church has been a major advocate for families and continues to do so. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined Pope Francis and the office for the Synod of Bishops in encouraging a universal Day of Prayer on Sept. 28 for the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican. The synod, Oct. 5-19, will address "Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization."

EDITORIAL | Upholding the mission of Catholic schools

Codes of conduct are common in the workplace. Police officers might be dismissed if they publicly profess beliefs that suggest the inability to serve and protect a community. Journalists are expected to maintain neutrality and not publicly engage in activities or expressions that might bring fairness and neutrality to question. Professional athletes are held to moral standards to guard the reputations of teams and leagues and because they are role models for millions of youth.

EDITORIAL | Save two Missouri pro-life bills

When state legislators convene in a veto session Sept. 10, they will consider three critical pieces of legistaltion vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

First is legislation that would increase the waiting period for having an abortion to 72 hours from 24 hours. Another is a bill that increases tax credits available for pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes and food pantries. A third seeks to restore funding for grants to provide services to ex-offenders to help them in their transition from prison.

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