editorials

Editorial | Gun violence: Listen to the students

Good for them, and we hope it'll pay off for us.

Thousands of students and teachers walked out of their classrooms or took part in organized gatherings outdoors during the school day on March 14 as part of the the #Enough! National School Walkout to raise awareness about issues of school safety and the impact of gun violence. The nationwide march was organized by Women's March Youth Empower.

A wedding detour

People were tickled to their romantic core when Pope Francis officiated at an impromptu wedding ceremony in January on an airplane 36,000 feet above Chile.

The marriage in the sky, a papal first, was the type of spontaneous gesture that has made Francis an endearing global figure. It played out like a script from the old TV series "The Love Boat." The only way it would have melted more hearts was if it occurred on Valentine's Day.

Editorial | Open up to conversations about racism

The deep divide. The Delmar divide. These are terms that are used in the discussion of race relations in St. Louis.

There's also a message of hope. That hope is rooted in actions such as in our parishes the weekend of Feb. 17 and 18 when clergy addressed racism. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson made the request of the priests and deacons, pointing out that all people should be treated with dignity and respect.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Sacred language can lift worshippers

Upon hearing about the Latin Mass, the first response often is a question: Isn't the use of Latin in Catholic worship outdated — something Vatican Council II wanted the modern Church to leave behind?

In fact, the Council's Constitution on the Liturgy decreed, "The use of the Latin language is to be preserved, ... but since the use of the vernacular ... may frequently be of great advantage to the people, a wider use may be made of it, especially in readings, directives, and in some prayers and chants" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 36).

Editorial | Catholic Schools Week reminds us of the sacrifices of early Catholic education pioneers

Two hundred years ago when Catholic education got its start in St. Louis, certainly the classroom experience was a bit rudimentary.

Our first educators, many of them women religious such as St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, didn't have much when they came to the New World. Their work was considered by many a heroic response to the needs of that day — often educating the poor and marginalized of society. In those early days, there was no formal teacher training, the resources were few and the sacrifices great.

Editorial | Living the joy of the Gospel

In the apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("Joy of the Gospel"), Pope Francis wrote that "an evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come from a funeral!"

Likewise, he has frequently admonished priests "not to look so glum" after or while celebrating Mass. And he reminds priests that "the confessional must not be a torture chamber."

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