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.

March 7, 2002

In these last weeks, increased speculation as well as a growing awareness of the truth of the abuse of children by priests within and beyond the archdiocese has given rise to a sickening feeling in the pit of our stomachs. It seems to be a rather universal phenomenon, no matter where our first sympathies might lie. Anger, sorrow and fear are also understandable, though uncomfortable, human reactions. Denial, too, finds its wa...

March 7, 2002

Think of the Internet as a hammer. That's the message, more or less, of two new Vatican documents pertaining to the World Wide Web: "The Church and Internet" and "Ethics in Internet," both released late last month by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

A hammer is a tool. The Internet is a tool. Both can be used for good purposes or bad purposes. A hammer can be used to build a house. The Internet...

March 6, 2002

Seminarians

Editor:

A couple of weeks ago there was a letter to the editor about being at Planned Parenthood Clinic at 6:30 a.m. watching the sun come up. That is a great place to be, and the sunrise is very beautiful, but seeing 12 of our Kenrick-Glennon seminarians come to Planned Parenthood for their morning prayer warms my heart even more than the sunrise....

March 1, 2002

The United States and its allies have declared war on terrorism but it is only one part of the greatest threat to the world today. Much more rampant and sinister than terrorism, and certainly its root cause, is what aptly may be called corruption. This is the stuff of the seven deadly sins: It is as old and primeval as original sin itself. It permeates all areas of the world and all levels of society, though it seems least ev...

March 1, 2002

In arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court 10 days ago, attorneys for Daryl Renard Atkins said that there was a compelling national consensus that the execution of mentally retarded persons was wrong and should be judged unconstitutional. They are appealing the capital sentence of their client who is said to have an IQ of 59, significantly below the norm of 70 thought to mark a dividing line between the mentally competent and...

March 1, 2002

Easter connection

Editor:

The Feast of Divine Mercy is so totally awesome. That is why Jesus told St. Faustina that he wanted it to be celebrated at the "greatest and highest" time of the year. It is intimately connected to the death and resurrection of Jesus. The beautiful painting shows the resurrected Jesus with the white and red rays streaming from his hea...

February 26, 2002

Good humor

Editor:

Regarding your editorial "Respect for our religious women" of Feb. 1, I agree with your concern about some depictions, as in "Sacrilege." But "Nunsense?" or, especially, "Late Nite Catechism?" Lighten up, Review editorial writers!

You're right - I and other area Catholics, including men and women religious, have flocked to "Late Nite...

February 21, 2002

On Feb. 22 each year the Church celebrates the feast entitled "The Chair of St. Peter." This feast is intended to honor the establishment by St. Peter of the Church of Rome and to highlight respect for the papal office of Peter and his successors. At one time there were two feasts honoring the Chair of St. Peter, one at Rome and the other at Antioch, where the first pope established the Church and shepherded the people for s...

February 14, 2002

Society is increasingly more aware of the danger and damage of divorce. After decades of assertions by psychologists and sociologists alike that there are benefits to divorce, a vocal minority is calling that assertion into question. Studies in both the United States and in Europe are revealing that divorce, even in difficult situations, does not benefit children, spouses or society.

Children who are victims of divorce...

February 14, 2002

"Let us pray."

Mother Teresa of Calcutta constantly used these or similar words when she spoke, or wrote them on the top of cards and in letters to friends, supporters and others. Mother Teresa knew, and she never ceased reminding herself and everyone else, that the heart of her life was prayer. As she served others - from Calcutta to St. Louis and around the world - she served in faith and love for Jesus Christ.

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February 8, 2002

Why join a prayer group?

With Lent only days away, many parishes are currently encouraging parishioners to join small prayer groups that will meet in homes during the Lenten season. Some people may take the plunge because they view the effort as a new twist on the familiar practice of giving up something for Lent. In this case, they would give up some of their time, a precious commodity today. Others will incorporate t...

February 7, 2002

At the beginning of the third millennium the Catholic Church stands in an often lonely position because of its defense of life at all stages, its commitment to the dignity of married love and its necessary relation to procreation, and its untiring dedication to the marginalized within all societies. There is no other institution in society where these stands are more desperately needed than in health care and medical research institutions thro...

February 7, 2002

In the mid-1990s a couple of scientists discovered the body of a 14-year-old girl frozen to the ground some 20,700 feet high up in the Andes Mountains. Ash from a nearby volcano had accelerated the snowmelt on the mountaintop exposing the corpse. The two chiseled the body out of the ice and transported it to Catholic University in Peru where research was performed.
Scientific testing and clues from the clothing that covered the body reve...

February 5, 2002

This winter, three different local theater companies are presenting three different plays that, either affectionately or combatively, take shots at the Catholic Church by utilizing lead characters who are nuns. None of the three would count as especially positive ways to recognize the World Day for Consecrated Life, to be celebrated locally on Feb. 2.

One show is Late Nite Catechism. In the midst of a long run at a loc...

January 24, 2002

Today we highlight the outstanding work of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Ours is one of the strongest school systems in the United States, public or private, and this is so for a number of reasons, starting with the rich heritage of faith that has so long characterized this historic archdiocese. The Catholic schools here lead the way in many areas because our parents, teachers and parishioners underst...

January 24, 2002

Roe vs. Wade is 29 years old - older than most who are joining the pro-life movement today. Yet even among those who know that it was a bad decision, how many of us really know what it said? It's appropriate, at this time of year, to review its shaky foundation.

The decision, drafted by Justice Harry Blackmun, began by presenting a dubious historical account of abortion. It was important for the court to establish...

January 17, 2002

This weekend the archdiocese will mark the anniversary of the life-shattering decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, Roe vs. Wade, which with its companion, Doe vs. Bolton, has led to the open-door policy that we Americans have on abortion. In the name of the U.S. Constitution these decisions have enshrined the privacy rights spawned by the court's reasoning in Griswold vs. Connecticut and similar decisions which outlawed state...

January 17, 2002

National holidays are so often appreciated for the time off from work that their origin and purpose is neglected. Whether the nation is celebrating her birthday or remembering her important presidents, the focus is often on the freedom of the day and less so a reflection on why the nation has offered these holidays to us.

This dynamic is true of the national holiday celebrating the life and accomplishment of Dr. Mar...