Editorials

Holy Week makes a difference

Pilgrims carried palm fronds and olive branches at a Palm Sunday procession last year on the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem April 13. Christian pilgrims walked the path that Jesus took when He rode a donkey into Jerusalem.

Holy Week often is a powerful experience as processions, especially the Way of the Cross, and other devotional practices give people the opportunity to relive events in the Bible.

Taking part means identifying oneself with Christ, following in His footsteps and making His journey our own.

This is when we remember the last week of Jesus' life on earth, His Passion and Resurrection. It begins with Palm Sunday -- Jesus' triumphant arrival in Jerusalem -- and continues through the Easter triduum. It reaches the heart of being a Christian and places our thoughts on what Jesus did for us.

Editorial | Religious persecution pains us

You know it's serious when Pope Francis accuses the world of trying to hide the persecution of Christians.

It pains the pope, and we don't like to see the pope -- or so many others -- in pain.

"With pain, with much pain I learned of the terrorist attacks today against two churches in the city Lahore in Pakistan, which have resulted in numerous deaths and injuries," Pope Francis said to a crowd of pilgrims and tourists gathered for the Angelus prayer March 15 in St. Peter's Square. A Taliban splinter group, calling itself Jamatul Ahrar, has claimed responsibility.

Editorial | Abolish killing

When it comes to capital punishment, there's always that sticky problem of the Fifth Commandment against killing.

Make no mistake: The Catholic Church is firmly opposed to the death penalty today, and our state must move toward its abolition.

The latest proclamation of the Church's position comes from Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's permanent observer to United Nations agencies in Geneva.

EDITORIAL | Opinion is no match for experience

We've been offered reminders lately about how words and actions hurt.

Our state auditor is dead. Issues that surfaced last year in Ferguson still divide our community. A former Major League Baseball player's daughter was the subject of horrible Twitter attacks.

By now, you know these stories. They've been covered extensively by local and national media, so this editorial will spare you the displeasure of reading the sordid details. There's no need to repeat the hate.

Editorial | Here's the score: heaven 1, hell 0

It's right there on the page-one masthead of this newspaper: "The Archdiocese of St. Louis -- Helping you get to heaven."

Proof of that help is Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's new pastoral letter on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, "Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician." A perfect fit for Lenten reflection, the pastoral letter points out that sin means something is deeply wounded in us and we have weakened or ruptured our relationship with God. In the Sacrament of Penance, God's desire to heal us meets our desire to be healed.

Editorial | Religion and the Middle East: Not so simple

Earlier this month, 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped while working in Libya were beheaded by an extremist group. As reported by Catholic News Service, the brutal killing was depicted in gruesome detail in a video released Feb. 15 on a pro-Islamic State website.

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