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 21, 2001

Lucille was in her 60s and had cancer. She wasn't in pain, but she worried a lot. Her treatment was expensive, but her greatest worry was that she was beginning to be a burden to her husband. She gradually stopped doing the things she normally liked to do, like experimenting with new recipes and writing long letters to friends on home-made stationery. Lucille didn't realize it, but she was clinically depressed. Instead of loo...

November 15, 2001

We Catholics today don't tend to wear our religion on our sleeves. If asked to tell about ourselves, "I'm a Catholic" would probably not be the first words out of our mouths. Those words would be somewhere in our description, however, because our Catholic beliefs are an integral part of who we are. Those beliefs are an ingrained guide for our thoughts and actions. The results are evident everywhere, even if we don't take...

November 15, 2001

On Nov. 13, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the annual Peter Richard Kenrick lecture at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The justice, a lifelong Catholic, addressed the seminarians, faculty and guests in a lecture entitled "The Religion Clauses of the Constitution." Justice Scalia's lecture was powerful; his intellect is impressive and his rhetoric persuasive. And his faith is clear. We are grateful for his time, his...

November 15, 2001

"O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife; Who more than self their country loved; And mercy more than life!" (from "America the Beautiful," by Katharine Lee Bates).

God has "shed his grace" on America precisely in this time of war by stirring up in human hearts the virtue of patriotism: a sense of piety for our country. St. Thomas Aquinas describes these virtues as the reverence due our parents and family an...

November 8, 2001

Since Sept. 11 we have seen a parade of journalists and experts discuss the "reasons" for the terrorist attacks. We have even heard from many within the Church who believe that the economic inequality among nations is at the root of such violence. If only we could redistribute wealth such violence would be eradicated. This kind of explanation is alluring, but it seriously misses the mark. During the 20th century such rationa...

November 1, 2001

Catholic "China watchers" have been intrigued in recent weeks by the overtures of Pope John Paul II to normalize relations between the Church and the Peoples' Republic. According to a story in Catholic World News, Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau, secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education, told the Italian daily newspaper Avvenire that the Pope is trying to restart the dialogue between China and the Holy See -...

November 1, 2001

The news release arrived via fax. The headline - underlined and in bold type - "PRESS RELEASE - Mailroom Respiratory Kit for Biological Terrorism Response."

The release noted that "upon strong request," a Long Beach, Calif., firm "has put together a Mailroom Respiratory Kit For Biological Terrorism Response." It said, "As the war is moving closer to home and we are having more civilian casualties than military casual...

October 25, 2001

All Hallows was the early English designation of all the blessed ones or all of the saints. Children dressed as their patron saints. The theme of the observance was Christian hope. The injection of ghostly figures and skeletons came from St. Matthew's description of the death of Jesus: "Many bodies of saints who had fallen asleep were raised."

In Rome the magnificent Pantheon, built by Emperor Marcus Agrippa in 27 B.C...

October 25, 2001

In a plea to "shut the gates of death, hatred and terror" and stop "the Mideast's spiral of violence," Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem called for an end to the clashes in the West Bank that have resulted in so many deaths and injuries. In the most recent escalation of military action in Bethlehem following the assassination of an Israeli Cabinet member, Church leaders said Israeli armed forces were restricting the...

October 25, 2001

Human life is sacred to us, not just because it is a good, but because human life is precious to God. As the end of this month of October draws near, a month dedicated to the cause of life, we do well to reflect upon this fundamental tenet upon which the Christian pro-life movement rests. The true origin and destiny of human beings are so basic to the Christian witness for life that to ignore them is to lose sight of the rea...

October 17, 2001

"Those who have come into genuine contact with Christ cannot keep him for themselves, they must proclaim him." These words of Pope John Paul II are the underlying dynamic of the whole evangelization work entrusted to the Church on Pentecost Sunday. They are thematic to the 75th World Mission Sunday, celebrated in every diocese, parish and institute of the Catholic world this weekend, Oct. 20-21. As we have known Jesus Christ...

October 17, 2001

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, many of us ordinary folk are asking what we can do to further the cause of peace and bring an end to terrorism in the world. Simply going about our everyday lives just doesn't seem to be enough. Each of us also needs to assess our life and look for areas where we can place more emphasis on doing God's work on earth.

Everyone reading this, for ex...

October 11, 2001

While few will forget Sept. 11, 2001, because of the tragic events of that fateful day, another day - Sept. 14, 2001 - likewise should be remembered as a day in which faith was manifested in ways and magnitudes rarely seen in American history.

Friday, Sept. 14, was named a special Day of Prayer and Remembrance by President George W. Bush. Houses of worship were asked to open their doors during the noon hour so that A...

October 11, 2001

The Catholic Church in the United States designates time each October to launch a program that highlights and reflects gratitude for God's first gift to us: the gift of human life. Beginning the first Sunday of October we recommit ourselves to building a culture in which every human life is valued, no matter how poor or sick, how old or microscopic that life may be.

Recent tragic events may tempt us to think we are v...

October 4, 2001

When the U.S. Supreme Court refused this week to reconsider the life imprisonment sentence of Terry Nichols, Timothy McVeigh's co-conspirator in the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, they may have done a valuable service for the pro-life cause. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals still could decide to grant a retrial based on the FBI's belated release of evidence. But barring some demonstration of new evidence vindicating Ni...

October 4, 2001

During the last several weeks the country has grieved and prayed. It looks as if many aspects of the culture have changed profoundly. Gratuitously violent content in television and film is no longer deemed appropriate, partisan political and ideological differences are somewhat muted, and caution in travel and finances is everywhere evident. But more significantly we should hope and pray for a change in the moral climate of...

September 27, 2001

Archbishop Edwin F. O...

September 27, 2001

For a few years angels were...