Editorials

Editorial | Annual Catholic Appeal enables acts of courage and missionary discipleship

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today, we announce and celebrate the success of the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal. More than 51,000 households contributed almost 15 million to help build the Church. Thank you for your unwavering stewardship. By giving like this, even in the midst of the Beyond Sunday Campaign, you once again have demonstrated our unity and shown why St. Louis is such a remarkable archdiocese.

Editorial | Catholic education from 1818 to now: Building on strong foundation brings rewards

The history of formal Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis dates to 1818. Bishop Louis DuBourg of the Louisiana Territory established a seminary in Perryville and the first Catholic school in St. Louis. He invited the Religious of the Sacred Heart, the Vincentians and the Jesuits to become a part of this community.

Editorial | ‘Decent’ work provides dignity

Labor Day is a lot like other holidays that are observed on Mondays — we enjoy the time off, or at least the break from traffic if we have to work, but we often don't give much thought to its significance.

Editorial | Encourage, engage and pray our way to more women religious.

St. Louis is losing an important ministry. On Aug. 24, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced they are leaving St. Louis after almost 150 years of serving the poor elderly. The reason? Too few sisters.

We've heard this before. Generations ago, many Catholic schools were run by a sister. Catholic health care ministries were run by religious, not corporations.

Editorial | Adoption equals generosity

It wasn't easy, but it was worth it.

MaryPat St. Jean from Boston, Mass., recently wrote "The Blessing of 'Unanswered Prayers': An Adoption Story" for the U.S. bishops' For Your Marriage website. MaryPat and her husband, Tom, adopted four children.

The adoption application process, at times, felt profoundly invasive, she wrote. "There are some challenges that are unique to adoptive mothers and fathers. It is difficult to explain to adopted children that just because they were 'given up' for adoption, it does not mean that they were not 'wanted.'"

Editorial | Conceal-and-carry law doesn’t need changes

Common sense and the need to support our law-enforcement community are reasons legislators need to sustain Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill loosening the state's gun laws. The bill, among other changes, would remove the requirement to obtain a permit and training in order to carry a concealed firearm.

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