Editorial | Another way to show respect for life

Respect for life takes many forms, as shown in an article in the Review this week. Rose Gronemeyer, a special education teacher at Sacred Heart School in Florissant for nearly four decades, and several friends opened the Village of the Blue Rose in 2000 to provide a safe, nurturing environment for young adults with special needs — a place where after their education they could live, work and — most of all — grow in body, mind and spirit.

Spread the word: People with disabilities belong

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) spreads the Gospel by spreading the word that people with disabilities belong in the Church.

"By virtue of our baptism, everyone belongs," said Janice Benton, executive director of the NCPD. "If you recognize that and appreciate people for who they are and are open to those relationships, then we all will be the best Church we can be to each other."

Synod report highlights pastoral care of society's marginalized

VATICAN CITY -- While they did not grab headlines, the elderly and people with disabilities, openness to life and the plight of migrants and refugees were also on the agenda of the Synod of Bishops on the family.

The synod's final report, which was approved Oct. 24, addressed the pastoral needs of those who are often cast aside to the margins of society, those who are often neglected and abandoned in a world that places profit over value.

Sponsor says aim of bill on 'wrongful birth' suits to protect disabled

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., has introduced the Every Child Is a Blessing Act to combat "wrongful birth" lawsuits and prevent discrimination against children born with disabilities.

Wrongful birth cases are based on the grounds that parents would have aborted their child if they knew that he or she would be born with a disability.

As a Catholic and a staunch pro-life supporter, Palazzo said that after "coming across this disturbing trend of lawsuits, I created this bill in order to prevent discrimination and protect life."

GUEST COLUMNIST | Why I could never see my brother's disability

Mandi Josias

Growing up, my mom always spoke of my brother's disability, but as a child, I could never see it. We were 16 years apart, and I just idolized my brother. He was fun, caring, kind, a little crazy, but had the biggest heart of anyone I know.

More importantly, my brother always saw people as people. Never once did I see him judge someone -- always accepting and always kind. He reminded me constantly of the Dr. Seuss quote, "A person is a person, no matter how small." Something we should all live by.

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