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 1, 2002

This coming Tuesday is Primary Election Day in Missouri.

It will likely be a hot August day, a day on which many will feel no urge to go outside their air-conditioned homes and offices. Polling places - schools, community centers, churches - may be stuffy and uncomfortable. Many of us will be on vacation or relaxing at home. Many will just not want to go out to vote.

Please vote. Vote because...

August 1, 2002

When disaster strikes and where people are at risk, we are used to seeing Red Cross and Salvation Army workers on the scene. These high-profile organizations have demonstrated their dedication and compassion time and time again and deserve the respect they receive.

Closer to home, there are many Catholic agencies and volunteers serving God and neighbor in every condition of life who may be less well known...

July 26, 2002

Since 1973 committed Catholics and many of our Christian brethren have fought against the most significant precedent in the contemporary culture war: the ensconcing of abortion in American law.

The combat waged has been fought on many fronts, but the primary battles have been waged with words. Anti-life and anti-family feminists worldwide have twisted and abused language, the meaning of words, to preserve and defend t...

July 25, 2002

Grace is difficult to explain.

Little understood by Catholics and less understood by mainstream society, the reality that God's favor is given to us freely to aid us in living holy lives seems altogether impossible. A myriad of questions arise when individuals consider how it works, why God does what he does and should mankind trust the reality of grace?

Secular society has chosen to respond to these quest...

July 19, 2002

Mention the Internet and most of us immediately think of e-mail, shopping on eBay, research for everything from school papers to family trees, and - sad to say - pornography and other exploitative venues.

Few would see the Internet as an aid to prayer and spirituality. Yet it can be. In his 2002 World Communications Day message, Pope John Paul II said "the new world of cyberspace is a summons to the great adventure of...

July 18, 2002

In just days, hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world - including nearly 500 from the Archdiocese of St. Louis - will gather for World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto, Canada.

The pilgrimage and celebration will culminate on July 28 with an outdoor Mass at Downsview Park, the largest urban park in that country. Approximately 750,000 people are expected to attend the final-day Eucharistic celebration...

July 11, 2002

In recent days several newspapers have reported the diminishment of "the once formidable power of the Roman Catholic Church" due to the clergy sex abuse scandals.

According to the Washington Post, "The scandal has muted the Church's voice on a range of issues, conservative and liberal, from opposing gay marriage and pushing for parental consent for teenagers seeking abortions, to raising the minimum wage....

July 11, 2002

The life of a militant atheist must be very difficult.

Militant atheists not only deny the existence of God but also are driven by an incomprehensible zeal to persuade others to subscribe to the tenets of their unbelief.

What an empty existence! To be committed to the creed that there is no God, no divine providence and no future beyond death is the ultimate description of life without hope.

Our natio...

June 27, 2002

Caring for the sick has become a multibillion dollar industry in the United States, far removed from the image we have of a parent bringing chicken soup to an ailing child.

Certainly all of us have benefited from the drugs and other forms of treatment, from the surgical procedures and the many types of therapies, from the skills of health care professionals, technicians and caregivers, and from the screening tests an...

June 26, 2002

In a special way, this Fourth of July is a day of celebration.

We fly the flag, wear our red, white and blue, and sing the national anthem with renewed patriotism. We remember the heroes in our midst - from the firefighters, police and rescue workers of last Sept. 11 to the men and women securing peace overseas.

We remember those who have died in the past year - we pray for them and their families. We salu...

June 26, 2002

Pope John Paul II gave Milwaukee a new archbishop this week.

Though not completely a surprise to those who speculate about these things, there is nonetheless a warranted exhilaration in the affirmation of Bishop Timothy Dolan - less than one year into his episcopal ministry in St. Louis - being sent to shepherd the metropolitan see of Milwaukee.

Archbishop-elect Dolan will be the 10th bishop of the historic Wi...

June 20, 2002

On June 14 the bishops of the United States overwhelmingly approved the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People." By a similar vote they sent to the Vatican the norms that establish the legal groundwork for fully implementing the charter in Church law.

In several places in today's paper the elements of the charter are outlined and discussed. It is worth emphasizing that the charter is mor...

June 20, 2002

On Oct. 15, 1951, in a small laboratory in Mexico City, one of the key episodes in social and cultural history occurred: The first synthesis of a steroid oral contraceptive called norethindrone was formed - an event that triggered the development of the pill. Carl Djerassi is world renowned for the development of the pill. He wrote a book about it, "This Man's Pill" (2001), where he presents a forceful and chilling account o...

June 13, 2002

A hallmark of our modern society is mobility and change. The days of living and dying in the same house have come and gone as families relocate within cities, between cities and even around the world. The job market, which in years past rewarded longevity and loyalty, compensates change and transition. Society encourages us to grow constantly, to try new and different products, to experience new and different r...

June 13, 2002

The United States bishops meet twice a year. They come together each fall in Washington, D.C. In the spring they vary the scenery and travel to some other U.S. city. The longer and more exhaustive agenda is usually reserved for the fall gathering. The spring meeting usually covers less business and attracts a comparatively small cadre of Catholic press representatives. Now comes Dallas.

The business item...

June 6, 2002

Two giants ambled to the microphone last week to lobby in support of human cloning. Former Sens. John C. Danforth and Thomas Eagleton, renowned for lifelong exemplary public service and highly regarded by their Republican and Democratic colleagues and constituents, added a sense of gravity to the debate to promote so-called therapeutic cloning. Both expressed support for proposed legislation that would allow cloning for medi...

June 6, 2002

Today, June 7, we celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Tomorrow we observe the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is both appropriate and useful to reflect on the meaning of these devotional titles.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the title of a profound and widespread devotion that received renewed emphasis because of a series of visions granted to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French Visitation nun...

June 6, 2002

Three weeks ago the St. Louis Review ran a guest editorial by Maureen Kramlich, a public policy analyst with the Pro-Life Secretariat of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Kramlich discussed the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA), an important piece of federal legislation designed to strengthen existing federal law, which states that no level of government receiving federal financial assistance may discriminate agai...