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.

April 27, 2005

Introduction

Our Lord has blessed us with a new shepherd for the universal Church, Pope Benedict XVI.Having enjoyed the extraordinary service of Pope John Paul II, we prayed fervently for a worthy successor to St. Peter as Vicar of Christ on earth.Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger worked intimately with our late Holy Father for practically his entire pontificate.His words at the Mass of Christian Burial for Pope John Paul II and since the time...

April 22, 2005

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On Sept. 19, we joined Catholics throughout our nation to celebrate Catechetical Sunday.Catechetical Sunday is a privileged time to reflect upon the fundamental apostolate of teaching the faith in the Church, the apostolate of the Church upon which all her other apostolates depend.It is also our annual time to commission new catechists and to express gratitude for the service of all catechists, especially by praying for the...

April 22, 2005

By Archbishop Raymond L. Burke

Introduction

One of the best memories which I have from my days in Catholic elementary school is the many activities surrounding the Church...

April 22, 2005

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During the past week, we celebrated the Memorial of St. Juan Diego, faithful messenger of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America and Star of the New Evangelization.The memorial of St. Juan Diego is Dec. 9.The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Dec. 12.This year, because the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe fell on the third Sunday of Advent, it was transferred to either Dec. 11 or Dec....

April 21, 2005

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During the Easter Season, the Church directs our attention to the first chapters of the Acts of the Apostles, which recount the story of the first days and weeks of her life.It is a wonderful story of the work of the Holy Spirit, drawing all to Christ in the Church and building up the Church in unity and love, so that she, in turn, might bring Christ to the world.On this coming weekend, we will hear the account of the ordin...

April 15, 2005

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My fourth reflection upon Pope John Paul II...

April 7, 2005

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On March 31, Terri Schindler Schiavo died from the lack of nutrition and hydration.For her parents, her brother and her sister, Terri...

March 30, 2005

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After having reflected upon the Holy Eucharist as the mystery of faith in the first chapter of his encyclical letter "Ecclesia de Eucharistia (On the Eucharist in Its Relationship to the Church)," Pope John Paul II reflects upon the Holy Eucharist as the source of the strength and the growth of the Church. Our Holy Father is inspired by the perennial teaching of the Church, expressed in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Chur...

March 23, 2005

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My second reflection upon the Church...

March 16, 2005

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This year, the date of the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord coincides with Good Friday (March 25). In the Latin Rite, when the Annunciation falls within the Sacred Triduum, it is transferred to the first available date, when it can be celebrated as its own solemnity.In the Byzantine Rite, when this happens, the celebration of the Annunciation and of Good Friday or Holy Saturday are held on the same day.While it is...

March 9, 2005

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In presenting the Church...

March 2, 2005

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During the remainder of the Lenten season and into the Easter season, I wish to reflect on the Holy Eucharist as a help to all the faithful in the archdiocese in observing the Year of the Eucharist, which Pope John Paul II has established from October of last year to October of this year.Our Holy Father, in calling us to carry out the mission of the Church at the beginning of the Third Christian Millennium, has rightly dire...

February 24, 2005

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

Introduction

1.The last words of Our Lord Jesus Christ on this earth, that is, before His Ascension, were the promise to remain with us always in the Church, until the day of His Final Coming.Before ascending to the Father, He commissioned the Apostles to establish His Church in every part of the world by teaching, sanctifying and governing, while assuring them that He Himself would be acting...

February 24, 2005

Near Southside parishes

36.St. Agatha Parish, which has been serving as a personal parish for the faithful attached to the celebration of the Mass and other sacred rites, according to the liturgical books in force in 1962, is to become the personal parish of the faithful of Polish language and heritage.

37. St. Francis de Sales Parish is to be suppressed, and its territory and faithful are to be united to St. Pius V Parish.The Ar...

February 16, 2005

Introduction

I had hoped to begin last week a series of reflections on the Holy Father...

February 2, 2005

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On this coming Wednesday, Feb. 9, we will begin our annual observance of the season of Lent.Lent is a time of strong grace for the purification and strengthening of our love of God and neighbor. On Ash Wednesday, we embark, in imitation of our Lord Jesus, on a 40-day spiritual journey of prayer and penance to fortify our life in Him, which began when we first received the sevenfold gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament o...

January 27, 2005

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On this past Jan. 22, we marked the 32nd anniversary of two historic and most unjust decisions of the highest court of justice in our nation.On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court gave rulings in the cases Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, which, in fact, made legal the taking of the innocent and defenseless life of the unborn human being.Since these rulings of the Supreme Court, more than 40 million unborn human beings, o...

January 20, 2005

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Having written about vocation and vocations on Jan. 7, I write this week about the particular vocation of an outstanding religious sister from St. Louis, Mother Mary Francis, PCC, abbess of the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Roswell, N.M. I have been profoundly blessed over the past several years by the faithful friendship of Mother Mary Francis and her community at Roswell.Once a year, at least, I try to...