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.

March 2, 2005

Introduction

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

Introduction

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

Introduction

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

Introduction

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...

January 13, 2005

Introduction

With this issue of the St. Louis Review, I invite every active parishioner in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to receive the official organ of communication of the archdiocese.If you have already been receiving the St. Louis Review, I trust that you have found it a good and sound means of keeping up on news of the Church in the archdiocese and in the world and of deepening your knowledge of our Catholic faith and its practice....

January 6, 2005

Introduction

On this coming Jan. 9 to 15, we will observe National Vocation Awareness Week.Beginning with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 9, the annual celebration gives us many helps in considering our share in Christ...

December 22, 2004

Introduction

As we celebrate the Birth of Our Lord, we are deeply conscious of the richness of the mystery of the Incarnation.Our mind will never comprehend all that the mystery means, yet God...

December 9, 2004

Introduction

On Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the universal Church marked the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Throughout the Church, celebrations were held to honor the truth of the Immaculate Conception with special solemnity.In Rome, the act of the definition of the truth by Blessed Pope Pius IX, who was the Roman pontiff from June 21, 184...

December 2, 2004

Introduction

On Nov. 20, Bishop Robert Hermann and I, together with the other bishops of Missouri and the bishops of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, traveled to Rome, arriving there the following day, due to the length of flight and the seven-hour difference in time between St. Louis and Rome.The purpose of our travel was to offer Mass at the tombs of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, and to meet with Pope John Paul II, the successor of S...

November 24, 2004

Introduction

From Monday, Nov. 15, to Thursday, Nov. 18, Bishop Robert J. Hermann and I participated in the General Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.You may have viewed some part of the meeting on Eternal Word Television Network, which broadcasts all of the proceedings.

The Conference of Bishops is, according to Church discipline, the full body of bishops of a certain nation or territory, exe...

November 19, 2004

Introduction

As we prepare for the celebration of Thanksgiving, our thoughts turn to the many blessings with which God has showered upon us throughout the year, beginning with gift of life itself and our Catholic faith.I hope that you will be able to participate in Mass on Thanksgiving Day. Holy Eucharist means literally "Holy Thanksgiving"; participation in the Eucharist is our most perfect way of expressing gratitude to God.If you are...

November 10, 2004

Introduction

On Nov. 6 I had the pleasure of speaking to the 81st annual meeting of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, which was held in St. Louis.It was an occasion of special joy for me because I had served on the board of directors of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference from 1996 to 2002.Also, coming from a rural background, I have always had a strong interest in the work of the conference on behalf of farmers who s...

November 3, 2004

Introduction

The month of November is set aside in the Church as a special time of prayer for the dead, beginning with the celebration of All Souls Day on Nov. 2.During November, we should develop a habit daily prayer for the dead, if we are not already doing so.Prayer for the dead is a spiritual work of mercy (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1032).

In other words, it is an essential part of our witness to God...

October 27, 2004

Introduction

Since the time of my theological studies in preparation for ordination to the priesthood, I have wanted to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to the places made sacred by our Lord...

October 22, 2004

Introduction

Recently, I met with a group of concerned adult Catholics who raised a number of serious questions about the life of the Church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.Their questions covered many aspects of the Church...