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 28, 2002

Holy Saturday's Easter Vigil will welcome new Catholics into the Church amid the profound liturgical celebrations of the Church's central mysteries and the evocative signs of fire, light and water. The fire purifies and stirs faith, hope and love in the hearts of all believers. The light of the paschal candle - Christ our light - breaks the darkness and shares his light with each baptized member of the Church. T...

March 28, 2002

We have spent these past six weeks of Lent listening to God's call to repentance and reconciliation. And now, as we reach the final hours of preparation for the celebration of Jesus' resurrection, it is time for us to take stock of just how our lives have changed since we were marked with the ashes of repentance. How are we different? Are we more loving? Compassionate? Understanding? Many, perhaps most of us, mi...

March 22, 2002

In these last days of March, we prepare to celebrate the paschal mysteries of Christ's death and resurrection. For many men and women in our archdiocese, these days include preparation and study as they complete their Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and enter the Church. Their studies includes Scripture and Church history. In a special way, the candidates study the sacraments of the Church. The study of sacra...

March 22, 2002

It is unusual that a Catholic newspaper has to warn its readers about sexually explicit content, but the following editorial warrants such a caution. The case in point is the recent choice made by the administration of St. Louis University to allow three performances of "The Vagina Monologues," a so-called feminist play written by Eve Ensler about "affirming" women's sexual experiences. According to the SLU student newspaper...

March 14, 2002

"Fiat Voluntas Tua" (Thy Will Be Done) was the motto on Auxiliary Bishop George J. Gottwald's coat of arms. It was also a precise description of his mode of life. The Gottwald family endowed the Church with two priests, the Bishop and his brother, Msgr. Joseph Gottwald. Both gave dedicated and outstanding priestly service to our archdiocese.

Bishop Gottwald was ordained a priest by Cardinal John Joseph Glennon on June...

March 14, 2002

"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel" (Mk 1: 15). This is the great message of love and mercy that Jesus Christ uses to inaugurate his public ministry and in truth to announce the salvation coming to us from our heavenly Father. The Lord's message is not only about our sinfulness, but more importantly about the profound love and mercy of our heavenly Father. This dyna...

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...