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.

November 27, 2002

As the stock market bumps along a rocky road filled with potholes and many Americans worry about rapidly decreasing nest eggs, there is one area of the economy that is booming. That area is housing. Tempted by low interest rates, Americans are buying first homes, trading up to larger housing or refinancing. Those who refinance often are pulling out cash, which increases the amount owed, to rehab or add on to their homes. Ami...

November 21, 2002

When the Bishops of the United States crafted their Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in June, they made it clear then that the very nature and structure of the Church required Vatican approval of the proposed legislation.

Those in and outside of the Church who have committed themselves to deepening their understanding of Church governance understood that June was the beginning, no...

November 21, 2002

What we do and what we don't do to the least of our brothers and sisters will be the measure of our own final judgment before God. This Sunday's Gospel could not be much clearer.

As such the Gospel provides the foundation for this weekend's appeal for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). For more than 30 years CCHD has sought to build what Pope John Paul II has called a culture of solidarit...

November 20, 2002

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The AHA's reversal

Last year the national board of the American Heart Association voted to fund embryonic stem cell research. Typically, such research depends upon destroyed human embryos or the tissues of aborted babies as sources for stem cells. Thus, the research which has promised miracle cures for such diseases as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and heart disease would achieve these great benefits a...

November 14, 2002

When one considers the mess of modern culture there is little to be optimistic about. However, as Christians we distinguish between optimism and hope with optimism being a kind of worldly attribute and hope being a virtue helping to define what should be an otherworldly vision toward union with God. We have hope that the culture can be renewed with the aid of Christian principles, and we look for signposts of renewal or refo...

November 14, 2002

This weekend at Sunday Mass, we hear the portion of the Gospel of St. Matthew called the "Parable of the Talents." A master going on a journey entrusts his possessions to his servants while he is away. The master is pleased with those who took what they were given and made more. Those servants who were faithful in small matters were to be given great responsibilities.

So, too, are we called to be faithful in the smal...

November 7, 2002

On Feb. 12, 1931, news reporters from around the world wrote about a momentous occurrence. On that day, Guglielmo Marconi - one of the inventors of radio - inaugurated Vatican Radio by introducing Pope Pius XI to radio listeners.

The Pope's message, delivered in Latin, echoed Sacred Scripture: "Listen, O heavens, to that which I say; listen, O Earth, listen to the words which come from my mouth listen...

November 7, 2002

It will be several weeks before we begin the Advent season of spiritual preparation for Christmas, but the secular preparation has already begun.

Although the day after Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, stores are already displaying holiday wares, our mailboxes are bulging with holiday catalogs and newspapers are growing thicker with ads. Arts and crafts bazaa...

October 31, 2002

This Tuesday's election could change a lot in the battle to protect the unborn if conscientious pro-lifers go to the polls. What would be required is for Catholics, for example, to take heed of the Church's pronouncements on the priorities and pre-eminent elements of faithful citizenship and then actually vote. Some statistics suggest that about half of eligible voters are registered, and perhaps half of them actually vote i...

October 31, 2002

This weekend, we say thank you to the religious sisters (and retired religious brothers and priests) who continue to enrich the Church.

These sisters and brothers prayed at the beds of the hospitalized and may have bathed and fed our own parents and grandparents in their last years. In the course of our school days they taught us to read and molded literature and science with faith and charity. Their zealous words and...

October 31, 2002

The month of November, which we observe as the month of the Holy Souls, is a solemn and encouraging reminder of the last things: death, judgment, heaven or hell.

Whenever we pray the Apostles Creed, or in the Sunday liturgy, the Nicene Creed, we express our belief in the doctrine of the communion of the saints. This is the truth that the saints in heaven who have attained the state of blessed union with God; the holy...

October 24, 2002

What did you do to end abortion in November 2002, people may ask in years to come.

Fifty years later it is handy for skeptics of the Church to look back at Pope Pius XII and wonder what more he might have done to stop the Holocaust.

Watching Ken Burns' great documentary series on the Civil War makes the evil of slavery - so casually a part of the early culture of the United States - emerge more clearly as the...

October 24, 2002

The Vatican's recent decision regarding the sexual misconduct policy of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has again thrust into the media spotlight the issue of clergy misconduct, episcopal lapses of responsibility and the complex nature of sin.

The first two items are familiar to the Church, which has attempted to address the scandal of clergy sexual abuse and the failures of leadership on the part of bishops...

October 17, 2002

The Archdiocese of St. Louis rejoices with the universal Church this week as Pope John Paul II has called a St. Louis priest to the episcopacy. Father Robert Hermann will be ordained auxiliary bishop of St. Louis on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

In Bishop-elect Hermann, the Pope has recognized an outstanding priest to assist Archbishop Justin Rigali in his role of...

October 17, 2002

Twenty-four years ago this week, the Archbishop of Krakow was elected the Bishop of Rome, the Pope of our Holy Roman Church. The man elected, Karol Wojtyla, had already lived a very full life; he was an actor, poet, teacher and theologian. He was a preacher, an author and a popular leader. But most of all, this man was a servant of God.

By now, the world knows him as a great man, one of the great men of history. But a...

October 17, 2002

Many of the anti-human ideologies of the 20th century are dead, thankfully. Communism, fascism and Freudianism are now defunct, and the modern world realizes how responsible these idea systems were for the carnage that is a hallmark of the past century.

However, Malthusianism is still hanging on within the United Nations Population Fund, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Planned Parentho...

October 10, 2002

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives defeated a measure that would have allowed religious organizations to endorse particular political candidates or parties. As noted in a story in this week's Review, such endorsements have violated the tax-exempt status of religious institutions since Congress passed an amendment nearly 50 years ago indicating as much.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops took n...

October 10, 2002

When voters get their ballots for the Nov. 5 election, they will be asked to consider four constitutional amendments and a statewide ballot proposal. Of these various initiatives one has emerged as a matter of discussion among pro-life advocates. Proposition A would seek to increase the per-package tax on cigarettes by 55 cents. The revenue raised would be earmarked for a number of health care and educational purposes, speci...