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.

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....

June 7, 2001

Two weeks ago, the archdiocese lost two of its parishes - St. Catherine of Siena in Pagedale and St. Mary in Bridgeton. By now, parishioners of these two venerable parishes are worshiping at any one of a number of nearby parishes. Their transition to life in a new parish setting has begun.

Though the parishioners' loss should in no way be minimized - after all, one's parish provides a sense of identity; important pe...

May 31, 2001

In the fall of 1901, Archbishop John J. Kain informed the faithful of the archdiocese of the impending Eucharistic Congress. Though the deliberations of the congress would be confined to the clergy, the Archbishop invited the laity "to attend the solemn public functions and to offer up their fervent prayers that God may bless these deliberations and make them tend to spread more and more widely the knowledge and love of the...

May 31, 2001

The material extravagance characterizing marriage celebrations in our culture is a serious problem when it causes the engaged couple to disregard the centrality of the ceremony itself, and more importantly, the sacrament itself. However, the materialism here is a symptom of a larger and much more significant problem: a deteriorating respect for the marital commitment and the married way of life. This is not a profound insigh...

May 24, 2001

As followers of the Lord Jesus, we are familiar with his identity as the God-man and redeemer, with his teaching and with the events of his life on earth. We understand the reason for his entrance into human history and his suffering, death and resurrection which won reconciliation of men with God. As we are about to celebrate the feast of the Lord's ascension into heaven, we might ask what this event signifies. In what way...

May 18, 2001

Volunteerism is an important part of the fiber of American communities and millions get involved but, for millions more, there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to fulfill their desire to volunteer. American businesses, according to a recent Time magazine report, are now stepping in to help by offering employees paid time off to volunteer for causes of their choosing. The motivation isn't purely altruistic. In a ti...

May 16, 2001

The beleaguered Federal Bureau of Investigation has suffered yet another blow to its already damaged credibility and public image. After several high-profile botched investigations, such as the Los Alamos National Laboratory spy case and the bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, the post-sentencing revelation of new evidence in the conviction of Timothy McVeigh is shocking, even if not so surprising.

The McVeig...

May 11, 2001

This week the Holy Father continued the pilgrim journey that characterized the Holy Year 2000 as he fulfilled his desire to retrace St. Paul's path through Greece, Syria and Malta. It was a sojourn of thanksgiving, and prayerful meditation that sowed seeds for unity and reconciliation and broke through some barriers that have existed for too long.

May presents us fitting opportunities for our own pilgrimages, so expre...

May 11, 2001

Either/or. Black or white. In our contemporary culture, it is becoming increasingly commonplace to discuss complex issues in simplistic ways, using extreme language. We mostly see it in politics, where those who urge fiscal restraint are portrayed as "cold-hearted" while those who urge social reform are portrayed as "spendthrifts." Oftentimes a more fair, reasoned assessment is required.

It is especially unfortuna...

May 10, 2001

Someone throws a brick through the window of a sneaker store that has factories in Southeast Asia likely to be exploiting workers, including children. "Protesters" tear down a fence and throw rocks at police because of a meeting being held to negotiate world trade agreements. Such events taking place in Seattle and Canada in recent months should give us pause. The violence is never justified. But might not there be a just an...

May 10, 2001

On Feb. 26, 2001, Pope John Paul II announced that an extraordinary consistory or meeting of all the Church's cardinals would be convened in order to discuss and explore the ministry of the papacy and its meaning and relation to the collegiality of the bishops. Some elements of the press have already begun to misreport and misunderstand the aims of this meeting. Several reports have suggested that Pope John Paul II wishes to...