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.

August 23, 2001

Readers of the recently published historical sketch "Archdiocese of St. Louis, Three Centuries of Catholicism 1700-2000" will recall that this year marks the 175th anniversary of the establishment of the archdiocese. In 1826, the work of the missionaries was crowned by Rome's decision to divide the Louisiana Purchase territory into two dioceses, New Orleans and St. Louis. The ecclesiastical boundaries of St. Louis then encom...

August 23, 2001

The image of hundreds of priest-concelebrants processing into the Trans World Dome for June's Eucharistic Congress Mass was described by one participant as "breathtaking." Similar images from the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass or at last week's episcopal ordination of Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Dolan help us realize our identity and mission as the Catholic Church in the third millennium. Indeed, a growing chorus of faithful obedien...

August 16, 2001

President George W. Bush has made his decision regarding federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Elsewhere in this week's St. Louis Review Archbishop Justin Rigali offers his thoughts on the president's decision.

An intriguing aspect of the entire matter is that the Church's position on the issue was actively sought out by our nation's leader. For the past eight years, the former leader of our nation - in ac...

August 16, 2001

Everyone loves a good story. From tots to the elderly, we like to hear and read stories or watch them on stage and screen. And most of us like to tell stories. We often delight in relating something that happened on our vacation, a memory from our childhood or a passed-down episode from our family history. Why is it, then, that so few of us are willing to share our faith stories? Why do we refrain from telling stories of ou...

August 9, 2001

Proponents of government funding of immoral embryonic stem cell research continually repeat the question that has become a mantra in the debate: If embryos frozen in fertility clinics are to be destroyed anyway, why not use them for the benefit of the rest of us? This appealing argument is flawed. Its first flaw is that it does not respect the fact that those who produced these embryos did so precisely because they constitut...

August 9, 2001

During the last 100 years the world has witnessed unprecedented religious persecution and genocide. In fact, human slaughter and wholesale human exploitation have become so much a part of modern life that we risk becoming hardened to its presence and its cause in our own political and cultural lives. One contemporary situation which has garnered scant attention in the Western press is the civil war and the enslavement of wo...

August 2, 2001

St. Therese Lisieux is patroness of the missions though she hardly traveled in the course of her brief life. She desired to be a missionary and spent her life making little sacrifices of love to further the work of Christ.

Most of us will never visit Bolivia or any other part of South America, but we can be co-missionaries with our St. Louis priests and the other priests and religious who go there on our behalf. It i...

August 2, 2001

So rocker Rod Stewart thinks that marriage licenses should be renewed each year just like, his words here, a "dog license." Wed twice and a notorious womanizer, the 56-year-old father of five thinks the marriage vows that have been in existence "for 600 years" are hopelessly out of date because they were designed for people with a 35-year life span.

These days, he pontificates, marriage-for-life is too big a commitmen...

July 26, 2001

When the Holy Father stressed in his meeting with President George W. Bush the particularly horrific nature of creating human embryos for the express purpose of research, he did not give the president a moral free pass to foster life-destroying research on human embryos that were created for the "higher" purpose of implantation and are now abandoned.

On the anniversary of "Humanae Vitae" (Pope Paul VI, July 25, 1968),...

July 26, 2001

With the death on July 22 of Jesuit Father Paul C. Reinert, a genuine St. Louis icon passed into eternity and completed a golden page in the history of our region.

For 75 of his nearly 91 years, Father Reinert gave devoted service to God, the Church, the Society of Jesus, St. Louis University and the people of our community.

Father Reinert's long association with St. Louis University was a happy marriage for hi...

July 26, 2001

Last week in Genoa, Italy, leaders from eight powerful nations met for the G-8 summit meeting. G-8 is the abbreviation for the "Group of 8" and describes meetings focused on the international monetary situation. Attendees are the heads of state of the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Russia, Italy, Germany and Canada. The "G" meetings began in 1973 as G-5 meetings with finance ministers from five nations and...

July 19, 2001

We are in the middle of a summer of contradictions.

Most recently, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose to grant the 2008 Summer Olympic Games to Beijing, China. The decision was criticized by those who believe China's deplorable record of human rights abuses should have precluded it from being selected.

Indeed, China's history of forced abortions, repression of religious expression, crackdowns on p...

July 18, 2001

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...

July 18, 2001

There is a relatively new scientific field called neurotheology that is causing quite a stir in some circles. Researchers, who have worked with Tibetan Buddhists and Franciscan nuns, are bent on determining what happens in the brain when people have mystical experiences. Their published work reveals fascinating new information about how the brain functions but nothing about the existence of God.

In a well-researched a...

June 28, 2001

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 at the sacrifice of innocent human life. The Ch...

June 21, 2001

The priestly ordination classes of 1951 and 1976 have brought inestimable gifts to the Church. Last week's Review supplement honored these gold and silver jubilarians in the midst of all the men and women who, this year, celebrate special anniversaries of their religious or priestly vocations.

On Tuesday the Pope acknowledged one silver standout, calling him to a new episcopal ministry beyond what has already been an...

June 21, 2001

Catholics of St. Louis will long remember this month for the magnificent outpouring of faith and eucharistic devotion generated by the archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress. The shared belief in the sacramental Presence of our divine Lord created an atmosphere of genuine religious joy and pride.

The Second Vatican Council described the sacred liturgy as "the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it i...

June 7, 2001

For many of us, these early days of summer are a time of transition. Many students finish up the school year. Some get summer jobs, others attend camps and still others - our graduates - begin new adventures of work or additional schooling. Our hard-working school teachers, school administrators and school support staff get a welcome break. To all students, teachers, staff: Congratulations and have a safe and happy summer....