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.

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...

September 20, 2001

Last Sunday's Mass of supplication at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York was punctuated by sustained bursts of applause and standing ovations. Just a few days after, and at the epicenter of this tragedy, we could watch Cardinal Edward M. Egan direct the congregation's attention to the heroic charity of rescuers, firemen, police, the mayor and governor, medical personnel and others. All present gave thanks.

It is not...

September 20, 2001

Last year our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, expressed his wish that "the occasion of the Great Jubilee will ensure that 'an ever greater number of people may fully find themselves through a sincere gift of self.' This sincere gift of self is the very life of a steward. It requires that we give everything we are and have back to the Lord for his use. In this way, we allow him to do his will -and not our own - to build up th...

September 20, 2001

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, we turn our thoughts to what the thousands of its victims were doing when struck down. They were at work. Like millions of us, they were at jobs that supported them and their families and that contributed, in countless ways, to the well-being of people throughout the world. They, like us, were doing God's work on earth.

We don't often think of our jobs as God's work....

September 14, 2001

Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, will be remembered in the history of the United States as a day of great distress, a day of the wrath of man against man, a day of mourning, a day of frantic searching, a day of heroic assistance, a day of fervent prayer. September 11, 2001, is a day that marks the beginning of a long and painful national journey.

Archbishop Justin Rigali has professed "our hope in the living God,"...

September 14, 2001

Among the many incongruities in the culture of death is the institutionalization of death-dealing policies in some of our health care facilities that are supposed to serve life. One example of this type policy is the use of an abortion procedure in which labor is induced prematurely when doctors have concluded that the child the mother is carrying has a serious genetic defect. In some cases when the procedure is used the new...

September 7, 2001

This past week the United Nations held the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. However, the overriding focus of the meeting has not turned out to be a meaningful recognition of widespread racism and intolerance in the world. Rather, certain Arab nations present at the meeting and many pro-Palestinian and Arab NGOs in a parallel forum were allowed by the U.N. community...

September 7, 2001

This weekend parishes throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis will take up a special collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign. The annual collection supports important evangelization efforts in the media, both locally and nationally.

Earlier this year, Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore discussed the unique role of the media in modern society and the important need for the Church both to work with the medi...

August 30, 2001

With thanks and well-deserved congratulations, Archbishop Justin Rigali has acknowledged the success of the 2001 Archdiocesan Development Appeal (ADA) this week in surpassing its $11 million goal. The consistent, generous response of the faithful coupled with the superb organizational structure at the archdiocesan and parish levels is a combination that pays off for so many needy - Catholics and non-Catholics - of our area....

August 30, 2001

Pro football referees are in a labor impasse with the National Football League. The league has even begun hiring replacement referees who will call the games when the season starts next week. Barring a settlement, it appears the NFL will probably "lock out" the referees.

Labor struggles are, indeed, complex issues that impact employees, employers, their families, the survivability of the "company," as well as the con...

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...