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 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...

October 3, 2002

According to a venerable tradition, the devotion of the rosary was commended to St. Dominic (who died in 1221) by Our Blessed Lady. He and his companions preached the rosary as a means of healing the ravages caused by the Albigensian heresy.

The rosary is both profound and simple, with an appeal for the learned and for ordinary men and women. It provides a format for meditation on the life and saving mis...

October 3, 2002

This past January marked the 25th anniversary of the first ordinations of permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The intervening years have been richly blessed by the ordained ministry of these men who, together with priests, assist the bishop of the diocese in his ministry to the people of God. Often without much formal recognition - and in most cases without any monetary compensation - the deacons...

September 26, 2002

What do we have that has not first come from God?

This Sunday throughout the archdiocese parishes are encouraged to celebrate Stewardship Awareness Sunday as a time to remind each of us that we are called to be good stewards of the many blessings God showered upon us. The responsibility to give back to God comes from the Sacred Scripture where we are told over and over again in countless ways, "Without cost you have r...

September 26, 2002

The current abuse scandal in the Church has served to underscore a variety of problems which her leaders and her laity need to address at their roots. It has become clear that certain of the laity feel alienated and in some cases betrayed. Many men and women who have been loyal to the Church and her teachings are still reeling from recent disclosures, especially in Boston, New York and Los Angeles. No one can deny that what...

September 25, 2002

In the past few months, there has been some welcome yet prejudiced attention in the world press to the unprecedented catastrophe of AIDS in the African continent. The attention probably was due to recent U.N. activities. In fact, on June 29, pro-family delegations declared victory concerning the wording of the U.N. Draft Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, containing many positive verbal protections for children, women, f...