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.

October 6, 2017

Hurricane Harvey stranded Father David Bergeron in his pickup the night it ripped through Houston. The 38-year-old priest visited his brother and had to pull over on an overpass three miles from his home in the flood-ravaged southeast side of the city.

He couldn't make it any farther or go back, so he curled up in his truck and tried to sleep as thunder and sirens alternated — rain pounding, wind howling, his beloved city churning in de...

October 6, 2017

It should come as no surprise that a couple Catholic guys believe in a resurrection.

In this case, "resurrection" refers to the St. Louis Browns baseball team. The Browns played in St. Louis from 1902 through the 1953 season before moving to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Orioles.

The Catholic guys are Bill Borst of Annunziata Parish in Ladue and Bill Rogers of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in Oakville. They're organizers...

Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, wiping out power and communication infrastructure, damaging homes and farms.
September 29, 2017

The island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million citizens of the United States, remains almost entirely without electricity and telecommunications and is coping with severe shortages of food and drinkable water almost a week after being hit by Hurricane Maria. But that communications blackout is no excuse for the island's virtual absence from news coverage over the past weekend, when mainland newspapers and television were more focused on footba...

September 29, 2017

This month marks a significant anniversary in the history of technology: The 10-year anniversary of the iPhone. Apple celebrated by unveiling yet another iPhone, this one called the iPhone X.

Apple's captivating products are a ready reminder of the significant place that personal technology occupies in our culture. Global media outlets flock to northern California anytime Apple is ready to offer something new.

Millions around the...

September 29, 2017

Of the 65.6 million displaced people in the world, 10.3 million became displaced in 2016, reported the United Nations refugee agency. This equates to one person becoming displaced every three seconds.

Many of these migrants, refugees and internally displaced people are children and teenagers. Yet often their journeys are invisible, and they are voiceless. Or, for some countries, they become just a number.

But these are human bein...

September 21, 2017

God has been making covenants with mankind since Adam and Eve. Remember Abraham, Moses, David, Noah and the New Covenant with Jesus, to name several. Covenants are part of our faith and sacred tradition.

Every year in the fall, many parishes celebrate their annual parish stewardship renewal. It's a time for both parish communities and individual parishioners to reflect on the gifts they have been given and then, in gratitude, return to...

September 21, 2017

Every weekday during my 30-minute commute to work, I drive past 15 Christian churches. They're quite diverse, ranging from St. Monica Catholic Church to a large non-denominational one to churches named Ark of Safety, Matthias' Lot and Destiny Church.

Seeing those non-Roman Catholic churches always makes my heart hurt.

When I see those 14 churches, or any Protestant church, I see places filled with men, women and children with who...

September 21, 2017

God has been making covenants with mankind since Adam and Eve. Remember Abraham, Moses, David, Noah and the New Covenant with Jesus, to name several. Covenants are part of our faith and sacred tradition.

Every year in the fall, many parishes celebrate their annual parish stewardship renewal. It's a time for both parish communities and individual parishioners to reflect on the gifts they have been given and then, in gratitude, return to...

September 15, 2017

Annual Catholic Appeal supporters follow Jesus' command 

Pope Francis, speaking in his recent visit to Colombia, said the only way forward is to follow Jesus, obeying His command to cast out nets, which means taking responsibility for personal conversion and changing the world.

Jesus invites us to take shared risks, to leave behind our selfishness and to follow Him, Pope Francis told the crowd.

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September 14, 2017

Anti-Catholicism has been called "the last acceptable prejudice." Tragically, it was on display at the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to be a federal appellate judge.

Barrett, a professor at Notre Dame Law School, is a constitutional law expert who has clerked for appellate and Supreme Court judges. She is eminently qualified. A Catholic at a Catholic university, she has helped law stu...

September 14, 2017

Today, it seems almost impossible for anyone to stay engaged with things happening around us. Our eyes and minds drift from one thing to another in a matter of seconds. Whether on our smartphones and tablets or simply taking a stroll, we find it hard to dwell on things, especially if they are not intentionally designed to grab our attention.

The experience of actually taking the time to contemplate our surroundings doesn't fare well in...

September 8, 2017

The absurdity of ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program might best be summed up by reports by McClatchy and other news sources. The news outlets reported that some young immigrants protected by the program who were brought to the U.S. undocumented as children and later enlisted in the military are worried they'll be deported, left without legal protection to stay in the country they signed up to defend.

Most of...

September 8, 2017

The rain fell heavy that Monday morning in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bleary-eyed travelers plotted alternative routes over eggs and potatoes at the Embassy Suites.

A white-haired man wearing a Saturn shirt had heard it would be clearer in Columbia, Mo., than Kansas City, Mo., and decided to attempt the added hour of travel for a better view of the Great American Eclipse.

"If we can't make it there in time," he said, "our ship is s...

September 8, 2017

The student representatives of 13 schools in the Archdiocesan Athletic Association (AAA) got the message. There's plenty of reasons to play high school sports and, with apologies to Vince Lombardi, winning isn't the only thing — it ranks far down the list. And there's no excuse for racist remarks or gestures, on or off the field, or insults from fans.

About six to 10 students from each school were selected to attend the meeting Aug. 30...

August 31, 2017

Jim McIngvale, known as "Mattress Mack," opened up his two Gallery Furniture stores in Houston for people displaced by the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

He was housing 400 people by Aug. 28, according to media reports, providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for them.

Why? "I was raised as a Catholic. I continued my Catholic faith throughout my life, trying to do the right thing and hopefully, you do the right thing and help people...

August 31, 2017

I can't pray.

Well, that's not accurate. If only it was that cut and dried. In reality, the spiritual issue is exceedingly more complicated.

I can communicate with God — to God — in limited ways. I made promises to people that I would lift up their special prayer intentions on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. So I say those intercessory prayers, asking for blessings and love in a special way for those family, friends and stranger...

August 31, 2017

Every new school year is a chance for a fresh start. It's exciting, but as weeks go by, we can fall back into bad habits. There are ways to maintain your drive to succeed despite new (and old) challenges.

Here are some tips for the new academic year:

• Prioritize your physical, mental and spiritual health.

• Get enough sleep. Sleeping more than six hours allows for brain development (which occurs until age 25 or 30). A reg...

Diamond ring beams and solar flares during near totality of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
August 24, 2017

Praise be to you, my Lord." These are the words that open Pope Francis' encyclical on ecology and care for God's creation. Quoting St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Sun, the pope reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.

This was apparent on Aug. 21 when many in the archdiocese witnessed a total solar eclipse. What a spectacular scene as a...