Opinion

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

September 12, 2002

In the fourth Station of the Cross, our Lord meets His mother Mary. He is weak and suffering and has fallen once already. He looks up and sees His dear mother. We can imagine the moment is tender - a mother seeing her suffering son carrying His own instrument of death; a son seeing His mother and longing for the safety of her arms. The moment is part of the larger plan of our own salvation through our Savior, Jesus Christ....

September 12, 2002

Take nothing away from Kelly Clarkson. The 20-year-old Burleson, Texas, native with the robust voice certainly made an impression during her weekly performances on the Fox television program "American Idol." In living rooms all over the country, it seems, Americans said much the same thing: "That girl can sing."

One may ask, however, if the gargantuan degree of attention paid to the television series says something pr...

September 5, 2002

This Sept. 11 we stand still, recollected and prayerful.

Pondering the savage images that always will remain a part of our collective memory, we commend to God again those who died and those they left behind. We continue to pray for our country's leaders, our servicemen and servicewomen abroad and those entrusted with the work of security here in our land. We savor the heroism and faith by which some forfeited their...

September 5, 2002

The month of September provides us with some beautiful and thought-provoking liturgical feasts.

Among these are the birthday of Our Lady; the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, a patron of this archdiocese and champion of the poor; the evangelist St. Matthew; the great biblical scholar St. Jerome; and St. Robert Bellarmine, theologian of the counter-reformation, to name a few. Especially noteworthy is the feast of St. Pet...

September 5, 2002

The mission of Pentecost that continues to drive the Church is the mandate to spread the message of the Gospel in the languages of all people.

Thus says Pope John Paul II in his 2002 message for World Communi-cations Day, as he particularly directs the efforts of his modern-day apostles across the thresholds of today's culture and toward the challenge of the Internet. This "new forum for proclaiming the Gospel," the...

August 29, 2002

Since 1972, the Catholic Church in the United States and abroad has tolerated a pro-abortion organization calling itself Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC). During its 30-year history the group has claimed to speak as a legitimate voice within the Church to purvey its real agenda: the total mainstreaming of abortion as a method of population control in the West and in the Third World.

In October 2001 the U.S. Confere...

August 22, 2002

Catholics in the archdiocese, by their contribution to the 2002 Archdiocesan Development Appeal, have responded, with deep trust in the Church, to the voices of those in need.

In a way that is sometimes touted as "American," Catholics across the country have been urged at times in the last difficult months to show their outrage at the current crisis facing the Church by withholding donations to their dioceses. Organi...

August 22, 2002

Some Missouri Catholic high school athletic teams will compete under new - and unjust - rules starting this fall.

Many smaller Catholic schools will find themselves now playing public schools with much larger enrollments. This mismatch results from a far-from-unanimous recent decision by the Missouri High School Activities' Association to multiply the enrollments of Catholic and other non-public schools by 35 percent...

August 15, 2002

Parents of Catholic school students are opening their checkbooks again to resume tuition payments as the kids go back to school. Pastors, too, are hoping the frequently lower summer Sunday collections will pick up as they prepare to meet the 2002-2003 budget for their parish schools. Parishioners bear an appreciable share of the subsidy cost for Catholic schools for their parish elementary and our archdiocesan high schools....

August 15, 2002

It seems the more social researchers look at the institution of marriage, the more they are finding that it is all about commitment. Couples married 40, 50 or more years are likely to say, "we could have told you that."

But today we tend to listen more to those who do surveys, collect and analyze data, and announce their findings to the news media. Somehow, their study results seem more valid than any wisdom Grandma...

August 8, 2002

The logo prominently displayed on the Internet Web site of the City of Normandy in North St. Louis County is a fleur-de-lis, a symbol commonly used to designate a French, Catholic identity and heritage. The Normandy Area Historical Association's Web site explains that "Anne Lucas-Hunt donated many acres of her property to the Roman Catholic organizations, resulting in a number of Church-related institutions being built here...

August 8, 2002

There can be little doubt that on July 23 President George W. Bush dealt a blow to the anti-human population control policies of the United Nations Population Fund.

The Bush administration announced it would not pay its $34 million payment for 2002 to the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) because of the fund's involvement in aiding the Chinese government in its forced-abortion, one-child policy. In refusing this payment t...

August 1, 2002

This coming Tuesday is Primary Election Day in Missouri.

It will likely be a hot August day, a day on which many will feel no urge to go outside their air-conditioned homes and offices. Polling places - schools, community centers, churches - may be stuffy and uncomfortable. Many of us will be on vacation or relaxing at home. Many will just not want to go out to vote.

Please vote. Vote because...

August 1, 2002

When disaster strikes and where people are at risk, we are used to seeing Red Cross and Salvation Army workers on the scene. These high-profile organizations have demonstrated their dedication and compassion time and time again and deserve the respect they receive.

Closer to home, there are many Catholic agencies and volunteers serving God and neighbor in every condition of life who may be less well known...

July 26, 2002

Since 1973 committed Catholics and many of our Christian brethren have fought against the most significant precedent in the contemporary culture war: the ensconcing of abortion in American law.

The combat waged has been fought on many fronts, but the primary battles have been waged with words. Anti-life and anti-family feminists worldwide have twisted and abused language, the meaning of words, to preserve and defend t...

July 25, 2002

Grace is difficult to explain.

Little understood by Catholics and less understood by mainstream society, the reality that God's favor is given to us freely to aid us in living holy lives seems altogether impossible. A myriad of questions arise when individuals consider how it works, why God does what he does and should mankind trust the reality of grace?

Secular society has chosen to respond to these quest...

July 19, 2002

Mention the Internet and most of us immediately think of e-mail, shopping on eBay, research for everything from school papers to family trees, and - sad to say - pornography and other exploitative venues.

Few would see the Internet as an aid to prayer and spirituality. Yet it can be. In his 2002 World Communications Day message, Pope John Paul II said "the new world of cyberspace is a summons to the great adventure of...

July 18, 2002

In just days, hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world - including nearly 500 from the Archdiocese of St. Louis - will gather for World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto, Canada.

The pilgrimage and celebration will culminate on July 28 with an outdoor Mass at Downsview Park, the largest urban park in that country. Approximately 750,000 people are expected to attend the final-day Eucharistic celebration...