Nebraska recently joined 18 other states in banning the death penalty. Missouri must follow suit. Far from weakening or diverting attention from Missouri's impressive history of pro-life legislation, repealing the death penalty would provide a credible demonstration of our state's consistency in valuing and protecting all human life.
I have to give Archbishop Robert J. Carlson credit for writing another brilliant column in the St. Louis Review (Before the Cross, Feb. 16). When the Archbishop uses the spiritual analogy of comparing Lent with baseball, he is telling the faithful God wants us to follow Him.
Without proper conditioning, baseball players can't set records, let alone make the team roster. We Catholics revere the cross as our championship trophy over sin, and our entry into heaven.
A few days ago posted on the archdiocese's facebook page were pictures of people celebrating their Catholicism by holding up signs that read "¡Somos Católicos!" (We are Catholic!"). I also noticed comments directed against the post. As an 11-year-old Hispanic Catholic, I was saddened by these comments. Without services in languages other than English, those who speak other languages would be unable to express their faith and share with others the gift of God's message.
We are indeed blessed to have Pope Francis captain the ship of our Catholic faith. In a welcoming display of compassion and forgiveness, he has turned our ship into a joyous gathering of all the faithful, making special room for the needy and the disenfranchised. In so doing, he has shed light on our mission as Catholics: to truly love one another as God has loved us.