In the summer of 1947, Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter instructed all pastors in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to end segregation in their parish schools.
It was a decision met with disdain from many white Catholics who organized to oppose it before disbanding after Cardinal Ritter held firm. Cardinal Ritter continued his efforts for equality, including a letter in 1965 calling clergy to dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to the civil rights struggle.
When it was announced Nov. 8 that Cardinal Raymond Burke would be transferred from the office of prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura to Patron of the Knights of Malta, some media reports suggested that he had been prematurely dismissed and demoted.
We are called to be instruments of peace through our words and actions in all circumstances.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson made that point clear in discussing the turmoil and tragedy the St. Louis community has experienced following unrest in Ferguson after the fatal officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Archbishop Carlson noted the strength found in the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace."
The number three is critical in making a difference in the life of someone contemplating a vocation. When three or more people encourage someone to consider a religious vocation, he or she is five times more likely to take serious steps toward answering that call.
Being alone in considering a vocation is tough. Even having one other person giving encouragement results in a doubling of the likelihood that someone will consider a vocation.
Pope Francis calls for an overhaul of the framework of aid policies and food production. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines ties poverty-focused international assistance to building peace and prosperity in the world.