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.

May 18, 2001

Volunteerism is an important part of the fiber of American communities and millions get involved but, for millions more, there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to fulfill their desire to volunteer. American businesses, according to a recent Time magazine report, are now stepping in to help by offering employees paid time off to volunteer for causes of their choosing. The motivation isn't purely altruistic. In a ti...

May 16, 2001

The beleaguered Federal Bureau of Investigation has suffered yet another blow to its already damaged credibility and public image. After several high-profile botched investigations, such as the Los Alamos National Laboratory spy case and the bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, the post-sentencing revelation of new evidence in the conviction of Timothy McVeigh is shocking, even if not so surprising.

The McVeig...

May 11, 2001

This week the Holy Father continued the pilgrim journey that characterized the Holy Year 2000 as he fulfilled his desire to retrace St. Paul's path through Greece, Syria and Malta. It was a sojourn of thanksgiving, and prayerful meditation that sowed seeds for unity and reconciliation and broke through some barriers that have existed for too long.

May presents us fitting opportunities for our own pilgrimages, so expre...

May 11, 2001

Either/or. Black or white. In our contemporary culture, it is becoming increasingly commonplace to discuss complex issues in simplistic ways, using extreme language. We mostly see it in politics, where those who urge fiscal restraint are portrayed as "cold-hearted" while those who urge social reform are portrayed as "spendthrifts." Oftentimes a more fair, reasoned assessment is required.

It is especially unfortuna...

May 10, 2001

Someone throws a brick through the window of a sneaker store that has factories in Southeast Asia likely to be exploiting workers, including children. "Protesters" tear down a fence and throw rocks at police because of a meeting being held to negotiate world trade agreements. Such events taking place in Seattle and Canada in recent months should give us pause. The violence is never justified. But might not there be a just an...

May 10, 2001

On Feb. 26, 2001, Pope John Paul II announced that an extraordinary consistory or meeting of all the Church's cardinals would be convened in order to discuss and explore the ministry of the papacy and its meaning and relation to the collegiality of the bishops. Some elements of the press have already begun to misreport and misunderstand the aims of this meeting. Several reports have suggested that Pope John Paul II wishes to...