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.

November 17, 2005

Introduction

Chapter 8, the final chapter of the instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, takes up the question of the remedy of liturgical abuses.It begins by reminding us that a liturgical abuse is, in fact, "a real falsification of Catholic liturgy." Constant vigilance is required against such falsification and, when it occurs, it must be corrected. It makes no sense for the Church to acknowledge serious wounds inflicted upon her sacred...

November 3, 2005

Introduction

Our communion in the Church is most rich. By our baptism, we are called to be saints, to be, in the words of our Lord, "perfect as [our] heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48).In other words, through the Sacrament of Baptism, we become part of the great communion of men and women, living and dead, who have come to life in Christ and strive to follow Him faithfully (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 954-959)....

October 27, 2005

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Introduction

1."In our day," or, in Latin, "Nostra Aetate," are the opening words of one of the shortest and yet most compelling documents of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.The full title of the document is: "Declaration on the Relation of the Church to NonChristian Religions."Oct. 28 marks the 40th anniversary of its promulgation.

2.In these last days of October, various celebra...

October 13, 2005

Introduction

In coming to the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I was especially happy that the archdiocese has its own college seminary, Cardinal Glennon College, and its own theological seminary, Kenrick School of Theology.Both seminaries are located in the same building at 5200 Glennon Drive in the City of Shrewsbury and are commonly called by one name: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.At one time, the two seminaries were housed in two separate buil...

October 6, 2005

Introduction

One of the major celebrations of each Church Year is World Mission Sunday.This year, we will observe World Mission Sunday on the weekend of Oct. 15-16.

World Mission Sunday is so important to our life in the Church because Christ calls us to be one with Him as He gives Himself for the salvation of the world.In the Eucharistic Sacrifice, which is the source of our life in Christ and its highest expression, Christ unit...

September 29, 2005

Introduction

Having completed the discussion of the Church...

September 28, 2005

Introduction
Chapter 4 of the instruction "Redemptionis Sacramentum," published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to complement the encyclical letter "Ecclesia de Eucharistia" of our late and most beloved Pope John Paul II, treats the liturgical norms pertaining to Holy Communion. Christ makes ever new His Sacrifice on Calvary, in order that we may be united with Him through Holy Communion, the r...

September 28, 2005

Introduction
Chapter 4 of the instruction "Redemptionis Sacramentum," published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to complement the encyclical letter "Ecclesia de Eucharistia" of our late and most beloved Pope John Paul II, treats the liturgical norms pertaining to Holy Communion. Christ makes ever new His Sacrifice on Calvary, in order that we may be united with Him through Holy Communion, the r...

September 28, 2005

Introduction

Chapter Five of the instruction "Redemptionis Sacramentum," published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to complement the encyclical letter "Ecclesia de Eucharistia" of our late and most beloved Pope John Paul II, is titled "Certain other matters concerning the Eucharist."As the title indicates, it treats the aspects of the celebration of the Holy Mass that have not yet been treated...

September 16, 2005

Introduction

This coming weekend, Sept. 17-18, our archdiocese will observe its fifth annual Stewardship Awareness Sunday.Stewardship Awareness Sunday provides us the occasion to celebrate both the abundant goodness of God to us and our responsibility to share the same good gifts with one another.In parishes throughout the archdiocese, the faithful will be encouraged to think upon the particular ways in which they can live out the Gospe...

September 1, 2005

Relief for Hurricane Victims

Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi who are suffering so greatly in these days from natural disaster.The people of Florida have also been affected and, as the storm moves northward, people of other states will suffer.

Many lives have been lost and the goods upon which life and livelihood depend have been destroyed.Many of our brothers and sisters are str...

August 25, 2005

Introduction

It was a blessing to take part in World Youth Day 2005 at Cologne in Germany with some 300 of our youth...

August 18, 2005

Introduction

The first two chapters of the instruction "Redemptionis Sacramentum," published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to complement the encyclical letter "Ecclesia de Eucharistia" of our late and most beloved Pope John Paul II, treat the responsibilities of pastors (Roman pontiff, diocesan bishop and priests) and deacons for the worthy celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, and the active p...

August 11, 2005

Introduction

On Aug. 10, 178 faithful from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Bethalto, Ill., including eight priests and 39 seminarians from the archdiocese, left from Lambert St. Louis International Airport on pilgrimage to World Youth Day which, this year, is being held in Cologne, Germany.They are part of the pilgrimage organized by the Office of Youth Ministry of the archdiocese, under the direction...

August 3, 2005

Introduction

Having set forth the responsibilities of the pastors (Roman pontiff, bishops and priests) and deacons of the Church for the correct and worthy celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, the instruction "Redemptionis Sacramentum" next treats the participation of the lay faithful in the Eucharistic Sacrifice.Chapter Two of the instruction is titled "The Participation of the Lay Christian Faithful in the Eucharistic Celebration."

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July 28, 2005

Introduction

Frequently, I am asked who is in charge of the discipline of the celebrations of the Sacred Liturgy. Usually, the question is raised in terms of some unusual or unexpected change in the celebration of the Mass or other sacred rite.The question is most important, for the Sacred Liturgy is a divine gift to the Church, which is owed our greatest care and highest respect.The celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, therefore, must be...

July 20, 2005

Introduction

The Catholic bishops of the United States have designated July 24-30 for our annual Natural Family Planning Awareness Week. As in the past, the celebration takes place during the time of the anniversary of the publication of Pope Paul VI...

July 14, 2005

Introduction

The conclusion of the pontificate of our late and most beloved Pope John Paul II was marked by a singular attention to the Holy Eucharist.His last encyclical letter was on the Holy Eucharist: "Ecclesia de Eucharistia (On the Eucharist in Its Relationship to the Church)," issued on April 17, Holy Thursday, 2003.In my columns during March, April and May of this year, I reflected upon the Holy Father...