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.
The torching of the QuikTrip stands as the seminal moment in rioting the day after Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American 18-year-old, was shot dead by a police officer, who witnesses say is white.
But the striking images from Ferguson were of police officers in riot gear and local photojournalist David Carson in his Iraq/Afghanistan gear — a military-grade helmet and armored vest, with a gas mask strapped to his leg.
This year's celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of our city is a fitting time to commit ourselves to the Christian values and dedication to the poor of the man whose name is St. Louis.
Louis IX served as king of France in the mid-13th century and was known as a living embodiment of the Christianity of the time. He had a special place in his heart for religious orders -- as does our city, known as the home of many communities of men and women religious and the many ministries they established here.
Since 2011, the United States has experienced an increase in the number of unaccompanied children arriving here, mainly at the U.S.-Mexico border. An average of 6,800 arrived each year between federal fiscal years 2004 and 2011. Now, the U.S. government estimates that 90,000 unaccompanied minors could enter the United States this fiscal year.
Last week Catholic news organizations, including the St. Louis Review, published a troubling story about the Louisiana Supreme Court attempting to compel a priest to break the seal of confession.
At issue was a lawsuit filed by the parents of a girl who claimed that, in 2008 at the age of 14, she told a priest that she had been abused by a now-deceased parishioner. The parents claim that the priest was negligent in not reporting the abuse. The girl claimed she told the priest of this in the confessional.