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 16, 2002

When the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education - a medical organization that gives the stamp of approval to physician residency programs - proposed mandating abortion training in all obstetrics/gynecology residency programs in 1995, Congress responded with protective legislation. The law declares that the federal government and any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance may not d...

May 9, 2002

This weekend, countless homilies will be delivered on the theme of Mary as the patroness and model of mothers. In our skeptical and materialistic age, there will be some hearers who will question its reality. After all, wasn't Mary gifted above all others to prepare her for her life's mission? As the mother of God-become-man, can her situation be compared to that of other mothers?

The answer to these que...

May 9, 2002

With spring comes transition, not only in nature, but in the lives of our young people. From eighth grade to graduate school, young people begin the process of saying goodbye and moving on to other realities only to begin again in a few short months. The period in between - known fondly as summer - is filled with work, play and rest. Yet, as our young people repeat this passage rite, a wonderful opportunity is p...

May 2, 2002

Before reciting the Regina Coeli with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for the noon blessing April 28, Pope John Paul II asked for "a chorus of uninterrupted prayer" for peace in the Holy Land. The Holy Father has had daily briefings on the situation in the Middle East. He has made direct phone contact with Franciscans in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and has spoken often of the perilous sit...

May 2, 2002

It is impossible to fully comprehend the hurt faced by children who are victims of the crime of sexual abuse by clergy. We can only try to imagine the pain, questions and isolation these individuals and their families have lived with for years and years. Nor should one minimize the hurt and anger these victims have felt as many of them have lost faith in their Church's ability to take proper action at the proper...

April 25, 2002

Last week in Oregon, a federal judge struck down a directive of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft that limited the ability of physicians to prescribe regulated drugs to patients as part of a suicide treatment. The directive stated that prescribing medicine to hasten the death of terminally ill patients was not a part of "legitimate medical practice." The judge's ruling striking down the directive indicated that each state...

April 25, 2002

When Katie Couric invited the world to watch her undergo a colonoscopy on the NBC Today Show, it seemed as if we had broken through all the inhibitions that in the past had kept people from discussing personal health problems. Through her efforts to encourage people to get this screening test, Couric also delivered the message that it is healthy to talk about our health. Most of us would agree. Yet one health topic still rem...

April 18, 2002

Especially since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, Catholics have become acquainted with Planned Parenthood's contemporary mission and method of operating. Since Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in the early part of the 20th century this organization battled the Church and its teachings on sexual morality, artificial contraception and abortion. And because the battle will continue it is incumbent upon Catholics and ot...

April 18, 2002

It is a tragic irony of history that the land once blessed by the birth of the Prince of Peace has become the site of unending and unrelenting internecine warfare.

The song of the angels has been replaced by the rumble of tanks leading incursions and the shrieks of onlookers shocked by suicide bombers.

We are overwhelmed by the ferocity of both Israelis and Palestinians and the wellspring of hatred...

April 12, 2002

Montreal, Canada, will be the host city this month for the Third Continental Congress on Vocations to Ordained Ministry and Consecrated Life. Delegates from various parts of North America will gather April 18-22 to discuss the multifaceted reality of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The delegates are generously responding to the call of our Holy Father to root vocation promotion in the new evangelization to whi...

April 11, 2002

According to documented scientific research on human fertility, the female egg, the male spermatozoa and the mucus of the female reproductive tract are three factors that are required for fertilization. Once the egg is released from the ovary, in the presence of mucus which supports fertility, fertilization can occur within a matter of minutes after healthy sperm cells enter the reproductive tract of the woman. Once fertili...

April 4, 2002

For the second year Divine Mercy Sunday will be observed throughout the Universal Church. In its decree of May 23, 2000, the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship said that "throughout the world, the second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that humankind will experience in t...

April 4, 2002

Priests don't have families.

So goes the rationale many are using nowadays to come up with a reason for the evil that is sexual abuse perpetrated by a small number of clergy. Media emphasis - including convenient alliterative devices like "Problem Priests," "Pedophile Priests" and "Catholicism in Crisis," and hackneyed wordplays like "Sins of the Fathers" - has given the impression the misdeeds are more prevalent with...

March 28, 2002

Holy Saturday's Easter Vigil will welcome new Catholics into the Church amid the profound liturgical celebrations of the Church's central mysteries and the evocative signs of fire, light and water. The fire purifies and stirs faith, hope and love in the hearts of all believers. The light of the paschal candle - Christ our light - breaks the darkness and shares his light with each baptized member of the Church. T...

March 28, 2002

We have spent these past six weeks of Lent listening to God's call to repentance and reconciliation. And now, as we reach the final hours of preparation for the celebration of Jesus' resurrection, it is time for us to take stock of just how our lives have changed since we were marked with the ashes of repentance. How are we different? Are we more loving? Compassionate? Understanding? Many, perhaps most of us, mi...

March 22, 2002

In these last days of March, we prepare to celebrate the paschal mysteries of Christ's death and resurrection. For many men and women in our archdiocese, these days include preparation and study as they complete their Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and enter the Church. Their studies includes Scripture and Church history. In a special way, the candidates study the sacraments of the Church. The study of sacra...

March 22, 2002

It is unusual that a Catholic newspaper has to warn its readers about sexually explicit content, but the following editorial warrants such a caution. The case in point is the recent choice made by the administration of St. Louis University to allow three performances of "The Vagina Monologues," a so-called feminist play written by Eve Ensler about "affirming" women's sexual experiences. According to the SLU student newspaper...

March 14, 2002

"Fiat Voluntas Tua" (Thy Will Be Done) was the motto on Auxiliary Bishop George J. Gottwald's coat of arms. It was also a precise description of his mode of life. The Gottwald family endowed the Church with two priests, the Bishop and his brother, Msgr. Joseph Gottwald. Both gave dedicated and outstanding priestly service to our archdiocese.

Bishop Gottwald was ordained a priest by Cardinal John Joseph Glennon on June...