When St. Louis deacon Wissam Akiki is ordained Thursday, he'll become the first married Maronite Catholic priest in the U.S. At first glance, this feels like huge news for the church, especially for a town as Catholic as St. Louis. And it sort of is. After all, Pope Francis made a special, one-time ... More >>
Yes, it may be a bit self-centered of us to think, as soon as we heard the news yesterday of Pope Benedict XVI's impending resignation, which St. Louisan should replace him? But really, isn't it high time there was a Pope from the Western Hemisphere? And why not from St. Louis, the most Catholic of ... More >>
What's Daily RFT gonna do without Todd Akin in the Senate? After breathing a sigh of relief for our state's integrity, we've gotta admit we'll miss the man who has given us so much in mortifying entertainment, from "legitimate rape" to "at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God" to the p ... More >>
These "radical feminunzies" have exposed a rift between American Catholics regarding the mission and structure of the Church. St Louis, with its diverse population of 650,000 Catholics, was the perfect staging ground.
Wash those hands!From Newsday, via Gawker, comes a twist to the usual food-poisoning story: exposure to hepatitis A during the communion portion of a Catholic mass in Long Island.Department and church officials did not name the source of the virus, but said that people who attended services [on ... More >>
image viaHere in St. Louis, lots and lots of people are working tirelessly to explain the meaning of life -- not in the philosophical sense, but literally: How does the universe work? Here are some of the discoveries they've made this month, as reported in Riverfront Times and Daily RFT: It ... More >>
AFP/GettyMaybe he said maybe.Pope Benedict has broken with decades of established Vatican tradition by stating in an interview that there are situations in which condom use is acceptable for preventing the spread of disease.In a book-length interview called Light of the World released today, Bene ... More >>
Jay BevenourRev. Raymond BurkeYesterday Pope Benedict XVI promoted former St. Louis archbishop Raymond Burke to the rank of cardinal -- the fourth-highest status in the Catholic church. In honor of Burke's ascension up the hierarchy, here are a few of the cardinal's actions over the years that we ... More >>
Saving goals souls one at a time.The Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, will soon welcome a new bishop to their flock. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Thomas J. Paprocki to the position yesterday.Paprocki is interesting for several reasons. Fist of all, he is an avid hockey fan and sometimes ... More >>
Acclaimed sculptor and lifelong St. Louisan Ernest Trova is dead at 82. Trova was best known for his Falling Man series and helping to found St. Louis' Laumeier Sculpture Park. Pope Benedict XVI stripped the Rev. Marek Bozek of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church of his functions as a priest. The move is j ... More >>
Raymond Burke is highly traditional. That's why he received the final vows of a transgendered nun.
Published the week of March 15
Father Lawrence Biondi is praised for revamping the campus of St. Louis University and boosting its endowment. But the enemies he's made along the way claim that behind the fountains, statues and donations stands a Jesuit bully who's more interested in th
Father James Carney left St. Louis to work with the poor in Honduras, putting him at odds with both church and state. Fifteen years after his mysterious death, a new CIA report raises more questions than answers.