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.

November 10, 2017

Sometimes it takes just one case to blow the lid off a long-fermenting scandal.

Hollywood has seen the opening of a scandal of sexual abuse and cover-ups, with the primary impetus being the recent revelations concerning movie executive Harvey Weinstein, one of the film industry's most powerful men.

Weinstein's abuse of young women in the film industry, ranging from indecent exposure to alleged rape, are shocking, as is the fact t...

November 10, 2017

Have faith, St. Louis sports fans. The Houston Astros baseball team began in 1962, and it took them 55 years to win the World Series. That brings hope for the St. Louis Blues, which became an NHL franchise in 1967.

Despite the lack of a Stanley Cup championship, the Blues have missed the playoffs only eight times and have a plethora of highlights throughout their 50 seasons.

Dan O'Neill, a St. Margaret Mary Alacoque parishioner,...

November 10, 2017

This season sparkles with joy. We open our homes to family and friends, greeting each other at the doors under twinkling lights.

But a small moment often catches in our throat. We set one less place for Thanksgiving dinner. Or we cross a name off this year's Christmas list.

Wherever we gather around holiday tables this year, there will be holes left by those who aren't there. Relatives who have died. Loved ones lost to addiction....

November 3, 2017

Despite its countless benefits in advancing learning and global communication, the internet has had its pitfalls. The most heinous has been the growth of online child sexual exploitation.

Children make up more than one-quarter of the 3.2 billion internet users, according to WePROTECT Global Alliance, and they are the most vulnerable to new forms of harm and abuse.

One recent study, led by Statistics Canada in 2016, showed child p...

November 3, 2017

Putting complete trust in God is one of the characteristics of living a stewardship lifestyle. It means being generous with all of our gifts; not just one or two things we pick and choose.

If we're honest with ourselves, when it comes to sharing, many pick the path of least resistance, the path that causes the least discomfort. We tend to share from our surplus.

Many of us know people who go to daily Mass and regularly attend par...

November 3, 2017

Even before she was married, Emily Stimpson Chapman asked for baby prayers.

"I'd be in an antique store buying little trinkets for the wedding decorations, and I would be asking strangers: 'Pray that we have a baby!'" she said.

The Pittsburgh-based Catholic writer had long yearned to enter into motherhood, so when the love of her life got down on bended knee, she began dispensing prayer requests. She was 40, and math was not on h...

October 27, 2017

In "The Joy of the Gospel," Pope Francis urges people to reach out to the peripheries. Reflecting on his writings, Sister Constance Veit, director of communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor, stated that the elderly can hardly be a periphery in the Church since they often disproportionately fill the pews of our Catholic churches and serve in large numbers in its ministries.

But a deeper look at the situation of the elderly in A...

October 27, 2017

Domestic violence is a serious problem affecting millions of people throughout our country. Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used by one person to maintain power and control over another within an intimate relationship. It turns a loving relationship into one of violence, fear and control.

The Centers for Disease Control reports one in four women and one in seven men in the U.S. reported suffering severe physical violence. Tra...

October 26, 2017

Centuries ago, a man was stalking a magnificent stag in the woods, skipping out on Good Friday prayer. The stag stopped and looked right at the hunter — the sort of moment that gets our blood pumping and our limbs shaking. Some call it buck fever. For Hubertus, it was a calling.

In the basket of the stag's glorious rack was a glowing crucifix. He heard a voice warning him to turn to God or face eternity in hell.

No doubt, any mod...

October 20, 2017

We can be a people of hope, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson writes in a reflection on Pope Francis exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel" in this issue of the Review.

It's a welcome message today. We hear about killings in the streets, terrorism, politicians shouting at each other, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures and unabashed consumerism. Even sports fails us sometimes when we read about out-of-control and "me-first" players, coa...

October 20, 2017

As a college student, I spend much of my time deliberating the great questions of our day, not least among them: the limp salad or the pizza? Shredded carrots and dressing could spruce up the former; the latter's grease I could dab off.

But increasingly, the minimal effort required to render the inedible appealing is daunting enough that I choose not to eat at all. It's a pathetic defeat. I'm not blind to the privilege of a cafeteria at...

October 20, 2017

At a Steubenville Conference not too long ago, Life Teen's Emily Wilson told hundreds of young people that we are all hungry and thirsty for more than what the world has to offer.

At a certain time in our lives, we realize something is missing, so we start looking, searching, yearning. Wilson talked about how often we go around trying to find solutions for this thirst, trying to fill it with vanity, material possessions, social status,...

October 12, 2017

During Respect Life Month in October, the Church draws attention to the importance of promoting the sacredness of human life. It's an opportunity to remind ourselves that this respect extends to all human beings — from the unborn to the elderly, to those who live in poverty or face injustices because of their race, and those with physical or mental illness, as just a few examples.

Being pro-life is a way of life, and as Catholics, we sh...

October 12, 2017

In June, at an audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City, Italian police officers were thanked for their service. The pope emphasized to them, "your vocation is service," and he highlighted how their mission as police officers "is expressed in service to others" through their "constant availability, patience, a spirit of sacrifice and sense of duty."

Adhering to this understanding of their calling and its expectations, the pope noted,...

October 12, 2017

I suspect that many of us find ourselves asking questions about our world today. We seem to be experiencing incredible turmoil and unrest in our local, regional, national and global communities. Whether dealing with natural catastrophes, human brokenness or sinful actions, we can't seem to find a way out of this current malaise.

Recent natural disasters in Florida and the Caribbean, the tragedy in Las Vegas and our own local pursuits fo...

October 6, 2017

In the past three years, God has given us some pretty big signs.

St. Louis has experienced two major events — the shooting death of Michael Brown by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, and the not-guilty verdict of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

What has followed — the protests, the forming of commissions to identify and address underlying issues related to t...

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...