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."
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.
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.
One morning last week at a south St. Louis County auto dealer's repair shop, a dozen or so workers bustled as customers began arriving. The jobs there typically offer decent pay. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median hourly wage for automotive and service technicians and auto mechanics is $17.60, with the highest-paid mechanics sometimes making $30 or more an hour.
Amid the strife in Ferguson, the word "execution" has been prominent, as though Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson drove up to unarmed Michael Brown, who sat down in the street, raised his arms in surrender and was shot dead.
The version officials offer is that Brown struggled with Wilson and fought for Wilson's gun. As Brown walked away, police say, he turned and rushed Wilson, who shot and killed Brown to protect himself.
These are vastly different versions of the same event, an event in which the facts have been minimal.
As the St. Louis community experienced looting and violence after an apparently unarmed African-American teen was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, the importance of education as a way out of poverty and a way to pass on values was cited by speakers at an Aug. 11 community forum held by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.