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Joseph Kenny
May 5, 2016

The example of a Catholic athlete who put his faith into action is as close as an Italian restaurant from the main street in the "Hill" neighborhood of south St. Louis.

I'm referring to former athlete and sports broadcaster Joe Garagiola, who grew up on Elizabeth Avenue on the "Hill" and died March 23 at age 90. Like his boyhood buddy and fellow ballplayer Yogi Berra, also from the "Hill," he maintained his love for the Catholic faith a...

April 28, 2016

The Missouri legislature is in its final two weeks, and its time to weigh in on the issues.

The St. Louis Review has been keeping readers informed of various matters before the legislature — including bills regarding abortion, other respect-life issues and juvenile justice matters — and how Church teaching applies. For example, the Missouri Catholic Conference supports a bill to ban juveniles from being held in adult jails pre-trial con...

April 28, 2016

In speaking engagements around the country in recent years, I ask Catholic audiences how many know the date of their baptism. The high-end response is a little under 10 percent. The average is about 2-3 percent. This, brethren, is a problem.

You know your birthday. You know (or you'd better know, gentlemen) your wedding anniversary. You know your children's birthdays. So why don't you know the date when you became a friend and companion...

April 28, 2016

My friend Sister Maura worries about my travels to risky places for Catholic Relief Services. On the other hand, I marvel at how this soft-spoken and diminutive nun of 90 provides medical care in the toughest local neighborhood to which I have never traveled alone.

While CRS abides by strict security protocols, there is no greater "protection" than that offered by our local communities. Beneficiaries and staff know one another as people...

April 21, 2016

As the Missouri legislative session comes to a close in a few weeks, lawmakers remain strong in their efforts to pass laws that hold abortion providers accountable for how they handle the remains of aborted babies.

Their work follows the release of a series of undercover videos produced in 2015 by the Center for Medical Progress. The videos depict Planned Parenthood officials discussing the potential sale of fetal body parts procured fr...

Mike Eisenbath
April 21, 2016

A boy falls and skins his knees. A boy wrestles in the living room and bonks his head on the coffee table. A boy tries to field a ground ball at shortstop, only to take a bad hop that bloodies his nose, or gets plowed by a much bigger boy on the football field.

"Boys will be boys," someone will tell the parents.

A boy with a wandering mind gets several poor grades on some math tests, prompting the teacher to send a note home. A b...

April 14, 2016

The Institute for Family Studies is a nonpartisan group with a good reputation for its efforts dedicated to strengthening marriage and family life.

A recent study by the institute and the American Enterprise Institute, “Strong Families, Prosperous States,” shows that higher levels of marriag...

F. Javier Orozco
April 14, 2016

A blessing and challenge of our culture is how rapidly people move from one event to another with relative ease and indifference. A variety of secular and religious rituals enter and depart in rhythmic fashion, each evoking different euphoric responses. Sports fans happily welcome the baseball season and leave behind fascination with March Madness. Movie watchers attentively watch the Oscars, even as they anticipate the upcoming summer blockbu...

April 13, 2016

I know people who gave up social media for Lent. I tried to go the other way. Plug in. Get social. Mention, hashtag and link.

My focus mostly was Twitter, a forum as volatile as it is friendly. It should be a great platform of evangelization for Catholic journalists. Through its mentions and hashtags, the Gospel message has potential to reach many people who wouldn't see stories in print. Often, those people are marginal — even hostile...

April 7, 2016

The civil rights era was an important time in the history of our country. Priests, religious sisters and brothers and lay Catholic faithful were involved in the struggle. We're proud of the legacy of the participation of the Catholic Church and Catholics during such historic and challenging times.

Today, many challenges remain. Dialogue among generations and people of different racial and ethnic groups should be a priority. One opportun...

Joseph Kenny
April 7, 2016

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith should feel lucky he's not in jail instead of receiving a six-game suspension for intentionally high-sticking Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle.

In the National Hockey League Department of Player Safety's own words, Keith looked directly at Coyle in the game on March 29, wound his arm back and whipped his stick forward in a chopping motion at the Coyle's face. In other words, it was an assau...

Christina Capecchi
April 7, 2016

Father Thomas Byles was 42 when he boarded the Titanic with his second-class ticket and portable altar stone. He had made arrangements with Captain Edward Smith to secure space on the ocean liner to celebrate Mass. Even on vacation a priest is never off duty, but the Catholic convert would have it no other way.

He saw his faith as "a wonderfully great gift," he once wrote to his brother, William, "a truly marvelous and altogether supern...

April 7, 2016

God's mercy

An early spring snow shower spread a blanket of pure white snow across our unsightly, leaf-littered backyard, a reminder of the transformative power of God's grace and how His gentle love caresses even the most callous and cynical among us.

If somehow you missed receiving forgiveness during Lent it's never too late to take advantage of God's life-saving gift of grace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation...

March 31, 2016

It's been said many times and in many ways in replies to appeals to help the world's poorest people in countries far from ours — in Africa, South America or the Caribbean .

"I don't want to respond because we have so many needy people right here in our own country, in our own town even."

It's a response worth considering, but what's missing is that we can do both; we can support organizations that are effective overseas and those...

George Weigel
March 31, 2016

Excavating my desk recently, I found the program notes from a Tallis Scholars concert my wife and I had attended a few months ago. Arvo Pärt's was described as "I am the true vine," and its "qualities of stasis and timelessness," as reminiscent of what "former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has described as 'silently waiting on the truth, pure sitting and breathing in the presence of the question mark'."

Which put me in mind of...

March 31, 2016


Alas, we are told that our own government does not believe that a violation of the Little Sisters of the Poor's beliefs is a violation of their religious liberty. Just when we think that the Obama administration could not possibly become any more lost at sea than it already is, we hear this. Never underestimate the danger of those who absolutely refuse to see the light.

When told of the Little Sisters' r...

March 24, 2016

We were tricked. We thought that we could take it easy now that Lent is over. But when we study the meaning of Easter, we realize that what we were doing in Lent is actually what we needed to do all along and need to continue doing — but maybe with a little more joy.

Easter is the celebration of the Lord's resurrection from the dead, culminating in His ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. There are 50...

Kurt Nelson
March 24, 2016

Last month the Catholic Education Office moved back to the Cardinal Rigali Center. While moving is both exciting and exhausting, I also found it to be a little surprising.

In the week before our move, I was packing up some folders and three-ring binders. As I pulled them off the shelf, a small treasure in the form of an index card fell onto the floor. As I turned the card over, I was amazed to see it was the original report card for a s...