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.

Mike Eisenbath
May 19, 2016

For me, the cliché "I can read you like a book," means I understand a person very well, that I can tell what they're thinking without having to ask.

Indeed, we're all living and breathing books.

I have believed that since I began my professional writing career more than 30 years ago. Most of that writing involved sports. I wrote hundreds of feature stories about high school young women and men who played a variety of sports, coll...

Kurt Nelson
May 19, 2016

Last weekend the Church celebrated Pentecost. This feast commemorates the occasion of the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles in the form of tongues of fire — therefore red is the liturgical color for the day. So you can imagine that the seniors participating in Bishop DuBourg High School's Baccalaureate Mass on this year's Feast of Pentecost were an impressive sight at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in their red and white graduation robes.

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May 13, 2016

When a child has a fever or a rash that won't seem to go away, it's off to the doctor's office. Broken bones expedite a trip to the emergency room.

But somehow, we don't always treat emotional and mental well-being in the same way. And it's no wonder, the way our culture treats mental illness.

The comments and jokes about those with mental illness happen too often. Most people don't mean to be offensive, but it perpetuates the st...

F. Javier Orozco
May 13, 2016

The summer season seems to either catch us by surprise or be something we've been awaiting for a long time. In either case, summer weather brings with a number of opportunities — ranging from family picnics and BBQ cook-outs to individual strolls and team sports in the park.

Already, see the young and the old are enjoying fresh air and sunlight. Even our normal rhythm of rising and going to bed seems to have shifted with the change in t...

George Weigel
May 13, 2016

The Catholic love affair with the United States of America is heading into rough and uncharted waters — not only in this 2016 election cycle, but for the foreseeable future.

U.S. Catholics have, in a sense, been there and done that, given that the history of the Church in this country includes fending off anti-Catholic platforms like the 18th-century Know Nothing Party and the late-19th century American Protective Association. But there...

May 13, 2016

Bishop Rice

I would like to thank you for the passionate article on Bishop Edward Rice (Without Hesitation, Page 2, May 2-8). He truly lives his call to discern God's will and is an authentic witness and minister of the Gospel.

Sister Mary Joan Meyer, FSM

Franciscan Sisters of Mary

Body of Christ

I was sad after I read the article "Backbone" of Catholic...

Christina Capecchi
May 5, 2016

It had been a long day, and Brooke Paris couldn't wait to take off her heels, peel off her contacts and wipe off her make-up. She changed into her pajamas, climbed into bed and opened her MacBook to the pope's post-synodal apostolic exhortation.

"Amoris Laetitia" was released two weeks after Brooke's high-school sweetheart, Timothy Foley, had dropped to one knee in Mary's Garden, the grounds behind the Basilica of the National Shrine of...

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...