Editorials

Editorial | Parishes may close but their faith lives on

From a purely human standpoint, the closing of Immaculate Conception Parish in St. Mary brings a sense of sadness and perhaps grief, similar to the passing of a trusted, long-time friend.

Dating to its founding in 1874, the parish had been home as residents of St. Mary celebrated the rhythms of life — baptisms to funerals, with every significant sacramental life event in between. They received the sacraments, attended the parish school, got married, went to picnics and socials, played bingo, quilted and just plain enjoyed life.

Editorial | Don’t change law on churches and concealed carry

Sometimes, rights collide. Our rights to freely worship and to self-protection should not.

But bills in the Missouri Assembly would eliminate the need for people to obtain permission before carrying concealed firearms into a church or other religious space. If this bill were to pass, churches wishing to prohibit firearms would have to post signs in their sacred spaces specifically prohibiting guns.

Imagine this: a big sign reading, "NO FIREARMS ALLOWED," next to an image of Jesus Christ at a church entrance.

Editorial | Treat creation with respect, concern

Pope Francis is gravely concerned about the 3 billion people who live in impoverished conditions — places that are very hot but have no air conditioning, where clean water is scarce and where families depend on subsistence farming. They contribute less than 10 percent to the world's greenhouse gas emissions, yet these are among the people most affected by global climate disruptions.

Editorial | Easter, all the time, night or day

Alleluia, Christ has risen! Happy Easter!

But wait ... there's more!

Easter is more than just a one-off celebration on Easter Sunday to be put aside until next year. Far from it. Easter is an attitude, and the fun is just beginning.

Easter Sunday starts the Easter Octave, the eight-day span of Easter Sunday through Divine Mercy Sunday. In this issue of the St. Louis Review, there's a list of parishes celebrating the feast of Divine Mercy, which falls this year on Sunday, April 8.

There's more.

Editorial | Gun violence: Listen to the students

Good for them, and we hope it'll pay off for us.

Thousands of students and teachers walked out of their classrooms or took part in organized gatherings outdoors during the school day on March 14 as part of the the #Enough! National School Walkout to raise awareness about issues of school safety and the impact of gun violence. The nationwide march was organized by Women's March Youth Empower.

A wedding detour

People were tickled to their romantic core when Pope Francis officiated at an impromptu wedding ceremony in January on an airplane 36,000 feet above Chile.

The marriage in the sky, a papal first, was the type of spontaneous gesture that has made Francis an endearing global figure. It played out like a script from the old TV series "The Love Boat." The only way it would have melted more hearts was if it occurred on Valentine's Day.

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