Opinion

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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...

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...