Church teaching articles and columns

Below are the latest columns from the St. Louis Review. Click on a title or the 'Continue Reading' link to read the whole story.

September 16, 2004


On this coming weekend, we will observe the fourth annual Stewardship Awareness Sunday in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.All parishes will recognize and celebrate the great works which have been accomplished in the Church in the archdiocese and far beyond, thanks to the parishioners who have generously shared with the Church God...

September 9, 2004

Pastoral Letter on Civic Responsibility

During the time of my pilgrimage to Rome to receive the sacred pallium, at the end of June and beginning of July, I promised to write a pastoral letter to assist the faithful in the archdiocese in exercising their civic responsibility, especially the duty to vote, in accord with the moral law. A number of factors have kept me from finishing the writing of the pastoral letter until now. In the mean...

September 1, 2004


I am happy to announce to you the successful completion of the 2004 Archdiocesan Development Appeal.Thanks to the generosity of many of the faithful in the Archdiocese, the Appeal has exceeded its goal of $11.6 million.To all who contributed to the 2004 appeal, I express heartfelt gratitude.To my expression of gratitude, I add the thanks of the many individuals and families served by our archdiocesan schools, Catholic Chari...

August 26, 2004


There are always so many subjects about which I would like to write to you. Usually, I try to limit myself to one topic a week, hoping that eventually I will be able to communicate with you about all matters of our mutual Christian concern.This week, however, I want to address three timely subjects, about which, I trust, you would like to hear a word from me.

Relief for victims of Hurricane Charley

All of us h...

August 20, 2004

Church Teaching


It will come as no surprise that there has always been a devotion to the Pierced Heart of Jesus. The Holy Scriptures both reflect a devotion present in the Church from the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit and inspire the same devotion in those who reflect upon the Word of God with faith. It is especially in the application of the Word of God to the daily life of Christians that Church teaching has...

August 20, 2004


John Joseph Cardinal Carberry, sixth Bishop and fifth Archbishop of St. Louis, was born on July 31, 1904.On this past Saturday, July 31, 100 years to the day since his birth, I celebrated Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, in order to thank God for the gift of his life and priestly vocation and to pray for his eternal rest.I was pleased that Msgr. Joseph D. Pins, rector of the Cathedral, who was ordained by Cardin...

August 18, 2004


Last week, I wrote about the vocation to holiness of life, to which we are all called at baptism and confirmation, and the stable form which that vocation takes in adult life, in response to God...

August 12, 2004


On Aug. 4 and 5 of last week, I traveled to Chicago to take part in an inquirers...

August 10, 2004


On this past July 14, the Church in the United States had its annual celebration of the memory of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. The celebration of the memory of Blessed Kateri is the occasion to reflect with wonder and gratitude at the work of God...

August 10, 2004


From July 25 to 31, the Catholic Church in the United States has been observing Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a celebration of great significance for families, for the whole Church and for society, in general.Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is always planned around the anniversary of the publication of Pope Paul VI...

July 16, 2004

The Pallium

On Tuesday, June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles, His Holiness Pope John Paul II imposed the pallium upon me.The pallium is the official vestment of the metropolitan archbishop. A metropolitan archbishop has the pastoral care of an archdiocese or metropolitan see. In the universal Church, the individual dioceses in a geographical area are gathered into provinces.In each province, one of the dioceses is the...

July 15, 2004

On June 28, the Missouri Catholic Conference published a letter written by the bishops of the Province of St. Louis, which is made up of the state of Missouri. The letter is addressed to all of the faithful of the province regarding an action of the legislature of Missouri.The action in question has profound implications for the future of marriage and family life.

The legislative branch of the state government has decided to place befor...

June 24, 2004


On Friday, June 25, I will depart from St. Louis on pilgrimage to Rome for the reception of the pallium. Several priests and some 115 other faithful of the archdiocese will accompany me on the pilgrimage. Also, a pilgrim group of about 45 priests and faithful from the Diocese of La Crosse, in which I formally served as bishop, will be journeying to Rome. Our pilgrimage will include the celebration of the holy Mass at the fo...

June 11, 2004

A Matter of Deep Concern

Before returning to the discussion of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I ask your help on behalf of the poor of Haiti. Last Friday, Bishop Yves-Marie Pan, CSC, of Les Gonaves in Haiti, was in St. Louis to visit friends and seek help for the poor of his diocese. I was happy to meet him for the first time and to visit with him.

He explained to me the extreme poverty in his diocese, with many...

June 3, 2004


Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a most effective means of living always in the company of our Lord Jesus whom we receive in Holy Communion. In other words, our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an extended act of love for Him who shows us the greatest possible love by offering His Body and Blood for us in the Eucharistic Sacrifice.In His fourth apparition to St. Margaret Mary, our Lord revealed His Sacred He...

June 2, 2004


One of the important duties of the bishop is to foster the devotional life of the faithful entrusted to his pastoral care.In his post-synodal apostolic exhortation "On the Bishop, Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Hope of the World," Pastores Gregis (Oct. 16, 2003), Pope John Paul II reminded all bishops:

"The Synod Fathers reaffirmed the importance of popular piety in the handing on and the growth of fai...

May 20, 2004


On this past Sunday, our Holy Father declared Gianna Beretta Molla a saint of the Church.St. Gianna was a wife and mother, and a physician, who died on Easter Saturday (April 28) of 1962, following the birth of her fourth child. Gianna is a contraction for Giovanna in Italian...

May 7, 2004


On Monday, May 3, I traveled to Kansas City in our state to ordain Msgr. Robert W. Finn, up to now the editor of the St. Louis Review, to the episcopate. Now Bishop Finn is the Coadjutor Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, one of the four dioceses in Missouri. As Coadjutor Bishop, Bishop Finn will share with Bishop Raymond J. Boland, the Diocesan Bishop, in the pastoral care and governance of the Diocese, in preparation for h...