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.

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...

April 29, 2004


From Dec. 9 to 12, 1531, the Mother of God appeared five times in what is present-day Mexico City.Three of the apparitions were to St. Juan Diego, a native American of the Chichimeca tribe of the Aztecs; one was to his elderly and infirm uncle Juan Bernardino, with whom he lived; and the final apparition was to St. Juan Diego, the Bishop and his attendants.In her final apparition, our Blessed Mother left her image permanent...

April 22, 2004


The Easter Season calls to mind the many and wonderful ways in which our risen Lord is alive for us in the Church.We think of the holy Eucharist, most of all, for it contains the entire good of our redemption (cf. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, Presbyterorum Ordinis, n. 5).By the holy Eucharist, Christ makes present for us always His sacrifice on Calvary.We think, too, of the...

April 15, 2004


So great is the mystery of the Redemption that we celebrate the Solemnity of the Resurrection for eight days, what we call in the Church an octave, from Easter Sunday to Divine Mercy Sunday.After the completion of the Octave of Easter, the Easter Season continues through Pentecost Sunday. On Pentecost Sunday, 50 days after Easter, we celebrate the completion of the work of our Redeemer with the sending of the Holy Spirit up...

April 7, 2004


With the celebration of the Mass of the Lord...

April 6, 2004

This is the homily of Archbishop Raymond L. Burke at the Mass of Installation on Jan. 26, the Memorial of Sts. Timothy and Titus, at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica.

Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen.

I. Saint Paul...

April 2, 2004


A week ago, on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, we celebrated the beginning of the work of our Redemption, when God the Son became man in the womb of the Virgin Mary through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit.That God Himself would come to live with us is a great and wonderful mystery.We call it the mystery of the Incarnation.
God the Son took our human nature for one only purpose, namely, to...

March 29, 2004


One of the principal responsibilities of the bishop is to teach the faith.During the Rite of Ordination of a bishop, the Book of the Gospels is placed on the head of the bishop-elect and then held over his head by two deacons during the Prayer of Ordination. Our Holy Father Pope John Paul II explains the meaning of this part of the Rite of Ordination:

"The Second Vatican Council, advancing along the path indicated by...

March 25, 2004


Essential to our Lenten penance is almsgiving or doing works of mercy.Too often, almsgiving may seem to be a kind of optional Lenten practice, a good work to do, if we can or if it pleases us.The truth is that all of our Lenten observance remains empty if it does not lead us to do works of mercy.Likewise, there can be no true conversion of heart, no sincere interior penance, which is not marked by almsgiving.The "Catechism...