respect

BEFORE THE CROSS | Called to respect the human dignity of each person

This week we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph — foster father of Jesus and husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I want to take the occasion to address something that I've been thinking about for a while: sexual harassment.

Reclamation and reuse with respect

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Closing a parish church requires more than merely turning off the lights and locking the doors.

If it were as simple as that, the former church of Visitation-St. Ann Parish would have been shuttered nine weeks ago, after the farewell Mass on July 31.

Instead, the Archdiocese of St. Louis takes great care to remove and preserve significant religious artifacts from decommissioned churches, items that have been used in worship over many, many years — in the case of Visitation-St. Ann, for more than 100.

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