Editorial | After a year of healing we pray for peace, future

The days leading to Aug. 9 and the one-year anniversary of "Ferguson" are marked by uncertainty.

Simply, will there be violence, or not?

The hope is for peaceful commemorations of Michael Brown's life and death. The reality is that we just don't know; the racial violence of last summer and fall might be duplicated.

If so, hopefully, not as bad as Ferguson experienced last year, in the two-week siege after Brown's death and then after a St. Louis County grand jury opted not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

Or maybe not at all.

EDITORIAL | Humanity denied, women betrayed

As videos surfaced in the past two weeks of Planned Parenthood executives appearing to discuss the sale of fetal organs, persistent defenders of life weren't the only ones outraged. The undercover videos prompted investigations and a storm of social media outcry over the horrific practices discussed in the videos.

Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood has called foul. They claim that the videos were edited out of context and that the conversations weren't about the sale of body parts, just recovery of cost, as if that makes the practice acceptable.

Editorial | A connection with the people of Bolivia

In an address in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, Pope Francis said he didn't have a "recipe" for a perfect economic-social-political system, but he noted that the problems with the current system are obvious and the Gospel contains principles that can help.

As reported by Catholic News Service, activists at the meeting -- including labor union representatives and people who organize cooperatives for the poor who make a meager living recycling trash or farming small plots or fishing -- combat "many forms of exclusion and injustice," the pope said.

Editorial | We all need to care for our common home

Pope Francis' new encyclical "Laudato Si:' On Care for Our Common Home" is addressed to "every person living on this planet."

That means you. And, come to think of it, the encyclical also would apply to the astronauts living in the International Space Station, even though technically they're not on this planet.

Editorial | What do we say about marriage now?

"The decision issued today by the Supreme Court to effectively change the legal definition of marriage in the United States does not alter the unassailable truth that marriage is, and always will be, the life-long, life-giving union of one man and one woman."

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

For more information about Catholic teaching about marriage, see www.archstl.org/marriage 

Editorial | Sharing truth with compassion

Come the end of this month, the nation likely will witness a redefinition of marriage.

Same-sex marriage already has become a part of our culture. According to Gallup, there are approximately 400,000 same-sex married couples in the United States. That number is expected to grow exponentially if the U.S. Supreme Court decides that same-sex marriage should be made legal nationwide.

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