Opinion

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March 14, 2003

The 15th of March was known in ancient Rome as the "Ides of March." Most famously, we know of it from accounts of the assassination of Julius Caesar by Brutus on the Ides of March. What people may not know is that the Ides (along with Nones and Kalends) were Roman designations to mark days. Not unlike how we use the modern month, Romans marked important days of their history - like birthdays or anniversaries, in...

March 14, 2003

As a Catholic people, the central mystery of our lives is the Eucharist. The "Catechism of the Catholic Church" reminds us that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our lives, that all that we are now and hope to be flows from and is sustained by the Eucharist. It is easy to see how from this position of centrality, the Eucharistic Sacrifice, the Mass, is such an essential part of the lifeblood of the Churc...

March 6, 2003

Pope John Paul II has unambiguously expressed the hope for peace in the conflict with Iraq. He has not only spoken consistently and with fervor in this regard, he has launched diplomatic initiatives to bring moral pressure to bear on Iraq, on the United States, Great Britain, Spain and, collectively, on all world leaders through the United Nations. This past week the Pope sent Cardinal Pio Laghi, the Vatican's former apostol...

March 6, 2003

Intellectual honesty should lead anyone to acknowledge that the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision was an act of judicial legislation. It violated the constitutional specification of separation of powers. By judicial fiat abortion became the law of the land.

In 1972 the leadership of the Democratic party made the fateful choice to become the party of abortion. Since that time Democrats in Congres...

February 27, 2003

Ash Wednesday is March 5. And while every year Catholics talk about "giving something up for Lent," in 2003 the Church is asking us to think outside the "giving things up" box. Pope John Paul II has, specifically, called on Catholics this Lenten season to find "fulfillment in a free gift of self to others."

In his 2003 Lenten message, released on Jan. 7, the Holy Father offered as a guide for meditation a...

February 21, 2003

The efficacy of the United Nations is on the line because of the possible war with Iraq. But the United Nations' worth should be questioned on another basis: its anti-human population control agenda and its shameful silence on sex-selective abortion in both India and China.

A recent report underscores the serious demographic problems in many parts of India and China. There is a 40 million "shortfall" of w...

February 20, 2003

Millions of Americans are hooked on a new computer game that mimics real suburban life. Called the Sims (short for simulation), it is, in essence, a computerized version of the old childhood game we called "playing house." While it is good to see a non-violent computer/video game on the market, it raises a question. Are computer games worth an investment of our time?

In the original CD-ROM version of the...

February 13, 2003

The celebration of Black History Month is a necessary and vital reality in a nation divided by racism and even now struggling with the specter of segregation, racial hatred and violence.

This celebration is both good news and bad news. The good news in the celebration of Black History Month is that our nation and our Church continue the good work of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Woodson was the second African American to rec...

February 13, 2003

Members of the media should be servants of authentic peace. That is the thrust of Pope John Paul II's Jan. 24 message for World Communications Day. It is a timely goal for this year's observance of Catholic Press Month, coming at a moment imperiled by the prospect of war.

The way the media must promote peace can be gleaned from an encyclical written 40 years ago by Blessed John XXIII. In his letter, entitled "Pacem i...

February 6, 2003

Feb. 9 is World Marriage Day. The Church also marks this second Sunday of February as an opportunity to celebrate the vocation of marriage and the lifelong love and commitment of husbands and wives.

This idea of a day for marriage started with the Marriage Encounter movement as a local celebration in Louisiana in 1981 and has grown into a worldwide celebration of husbands, wives and marriage. Within the...

February 6, 2003

Over the last few months the St. Louis Review has reported on a series of school mergers and consolidations from various geographical areas across the archdiocese. Budget planning schedules, staffing considerations and, most important, the placement of students for next year caused the decisions to be announced all within a rather brief window of time, thus intensifying the impact of the actions. A very painful...

January 30, 2003

This weekend Catholics will observe World Day for Consecrated Life. Special liturgies will honor and pray for religious brothers, sisters and priests who have vowed to serve God in their chosen communities and to observe a lifelong commitment to poverty, chastity and obedience.

Consecrated life has its roots in the very early history of the Church when holy men, known as the Desert Fathers, separated themselves from m...

January 30, 2003

As President George W. Bush was proclaiming Jan. 19 as "Sanctity of Life Day" in the United States, six presidential hopefuls shared the stage with the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, cheering the 30-year legacy of Roe vs. Wade in the United States. Missouri hopeful U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt spoke about the "sanctity" of a woman's right to choose.

In the same week the Vatican issued a...

January 23, 2003

On the first day of February, St. Martin de Porres School in Hazelwood will host an open house for prospective students and their parents. Faculty, staff, students and parents will be - to put it bluntly - showing off the place. They will be telling families in North St. Louis County how important and special a Catholic education can be. It is one of hundreds of events slated for Catholic Schools Week, an annual...

January 23, 2003

At age 65, Jack Nicholson is starring in a new movie and there's talk in the industry that he is certain to get his 12th Oscar nomination. Meryl Streep, now in her 50s, also has two new movies in theaters. Meanwhile, 77-year-old Paul Newman is starring on Broadway in a revival of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town." Despite their age, these actors continue to work in their chosen profession. Look at their contemporarie...

January 17, 2003

There have been a great number of lies perpetrated in the name of ideology in our time. We have seen the undoing of the inhuman lies of communism and fascism and their warped views of the good society and the human person. But we still live with what is arguably the most pernicious lie purveyed in the name of freedom for women: that abortion is a moral good for both women and the larger culture.

We have lived with th...

January 17, 2003

The Raelians, who claim that we are all the product of space alien cloning, have spurred a great effort by scientific enterprises and scientists to distance themselves from this bizarre group and their for-profit corporation, Clonaid. Clonaid claims to have produced human beings by cloning. Two, they say, have been carried to term and born. Mainstream advocates of human cloning want more cloning but they do not like the Rael...

January 9, 2003

Hope! Hope is confidence that the promises that God has fulfilled in Jesus Christ will indeed be fulfilled in our lives. Society is desperately in need of hope in the midst of war, violence and scandal. Unfortunately, scandal and violence sell newspapers and increase the viewing audience on television.

It is difficult in this climate to speak about signs and witnesses to hope, yet the signs are there. The most visib...