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.

September 15, 2016

In this current age, many of us are accustomed to doing things by sheer will and resolve. We value rugged individualism and take great pride in personal efforts. The Olympics were a great illustration of this high value of individual performance and achievement. In this extraordinary gathering of cultures and peoples, we witnessed how ordinary men and women exhibited extraordinary grit and determination in competition.

In a similar mann...

September 15, 2016

Amid all the Olympics coverage I watched, I was most taken by the women's basketball team. Their passion was mesmerizing and their tenacity in stepping up to all manner of challenges made me proud. In particular, I couldn't get over how they were repeatedly described as "unselfish."

Each individual player is a legend in her own right, having led her respective college and WNBA team to notable victories. Yet each played for the good of t...

September 8, 2016

The history of formal Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis dates to 1818. Bishop Louis DuBourg of the Louisiana Territory established a seminary in Perryville and the first Catholic school in St. Louis. He invited the Religious of the Sacred Heart, the Vincentians and the Jesuits to become a part of this community.

Among those who came were St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Father Joseph Rosati, and Father Pierre DeSmet, combi...

Christina Capecchi
September 8, 2016

The phone call came when I was making dinner on a hum-drum Sunday whose excitement had peaked with a trip to the grocery store.

It had been months since I'd spoken with my college friend Wendy, but she skipped right over the small talk: She's moving to St. Croix.

When I heard St. Croix, I thought Wisconsin and the river I've fished with my brother. But Wendy clarified: the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The life she had planned for...

Joseph Kenny
September 8, 2016

As a relief pitcher for a rookie-league baseball team signed near the end of the season, the Ogden Raptors' Vinny Santarsiero barely was noticed. Yet a look into his background reveals a tale of perseverance, patience and promise.

Like Roy Hobbs, played by Robert Redford in the movie "The Natural," Santarsiero dropped in on a team while the season was underway, bringing an interesting back story and having overcome an unfortunate incide...

September 8, 2016

Addressing white privelege

Thank-you for publishing the two excellent guest columnist articles by Dorothy Dempsey and Cathy Pressimone (Viewpoints, Sept. 5-11) . Both articles addressed the need for all of us to be more mindful of the divide that sadly continues to exist between white persons and our black brothers and sisters.

We as Catholics, and yes, those of us who are privileged white Catholics, need to ad...

September 1, 2016

Labor Day is a lot like other holidays that are observed on Mondays — we enjoy the time off, or at least the break from traffic if we have to work, but we often don't give much thought to its significance.

The Catholic Church, however, has a lot to say about labor. Work is more than a way to make a living; it's a form of continuing participation in God's creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of worke...

September 1, 2016

After Fontbonne President Michael Pressimone opened the "Take Your Summer Seriously: gathering June 29, Margaret-Mary Moore played guitar and offered a musical rendition of "Open the eyes of my heart," and I followed with a prayer of thanksgiving for allowing this gathering for sharing of the hearts and minds.

We watched the "Eye on the Prize" episode about Emmet Till's murder. Afterward, Father Sean Martin, president of Aquinas Institu...

September 1, 2016

As a white woman, I've had to work hard to understand that I'm privileged in a way that my black brothers and sisters are not. I understand the confusion among many white people about "white privilege." To them, privilege means that individuals or groups receive certain advantages based on occupation or affluence, such as executives who enjoy economic advantages greater than the working class. These positions allow ex...

August 25, 2016

St. Louis is losing an important ministry. On Aug. 24, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced they are leaving St. Louis after almost 150 years of serving the poor elderly. The reason? Too few sisters.

We've heard this before. Generations ago, many Catholic schools were run by a sister. Catholic health care ministries were run by religious, not corporations.

There has been a significant decline in religious vocations among wome...

August 25, 2016

The world is awakening in rural Kentucky, and I feel honored to watch. Especially in this place.

As they have for more than a century and a half, the bells of the Abbey of Gethsemani rang bright and early. As they will throughout the week, they summoned me to Morning Prayer and Holy Mass with the Trappist monks and my quartet of friends. The sun won't rise officially here for another half-hour, so only a faint light in the sky is visibl...

August 25, 2016

A common mantra in journalism today is engagement. It's a back-and-forth exchange: journalists publish information, readers respond, journalists respond back, readers respond to that response. This commonly occurs on social media because the digital interface is easy and immediate.

This engagement was established long before the Internet, however. It's a common practice in journalism. In print publications, it usually appears in the "Op...

August 18, 2016

It wasn't easy, but it was worth it.

MaryPat St. Jean from Boston, Mass., recently wrote "The Blessing of 'Unanswered Prayers': An Adoption Story" for the U.S. bishops' For Your Marriage website. MaryPat and her husband, Tom, adopted four children.

The adoption application process, at times, felt profoundly invasive, she wrote. "There are some challenges that are unique to adoptive mothers and fathers. It is difficult to explain...

August 18, 2016

Living in the 21st century, it's easy to look back at history and note the advances, disappointments, struggles and difficulties produced by each historical age. We know the significance the printing press had for popular learning and the development of language in written form. We also point to the industrial revolution as bringing about considerable social mobility, transforming family life from an agrarian society to an urban culture. And i...

August 18, 2016

I love watching the Olympics. While the competition is intense, I am also drawn in by the beauty of the host country, the pageantry of the opening ceremonies, and the stories behind the athletes. This year's games have been more inspiring because faith has been more visible.

Let's start with the breathtaking topography of Rio de Janeiro. Topping this mountainous landscape is the statue of Christ the Redeemer, his arms open wide to the w...

August 15, 2016

Common sense and the need to support our law-enforcement community are reasons legislators need to sustain Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill loosening the state's gun laws. The bill, among other changes, would remove the requirement to obtain a permit and training in order to carry a concealed firearm.

Under current law, a person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons if he or she carries a concealed knife, firearm, blackjack, or...

August 11, 2016

One can't overstate how strange and perplexing this U.S. election season has been.

The call to fear and isolationism, the occasional drumbeat of nationalism approaching xenophobia depresses me. Have we heard the whispers of scapegoating of certain people — especially those of a different religion?

I found it so consoling that in the midst of the campaign season, a Sunday Gospel reading in July yielded the parable of the good Sama...

August 11, 2016

In July, I traveled to Serbia, Greece and Lebanon to review the refugee situation now that the borders to Northern Europe are closed. While the flow of people has diminished, it has not ceased. Migration is now largely dependent on traffickers who charge individuals 4,000 to 6,000 euros to facilitate illegal crossings.

Most of the refugees I met in Serbia were young Syrian men in their 20s who were desperate to find work. They were weig...