For 25 years, St. Louis University has been led by Fr. Lawrence Biondi. For nearly two centuries, it has been led by the Jesuits. Soon, it may be led by neither.
A federal judge's decision to strike down portions of a Missouri law protecting conscience rights of those who object to coverage of contraceptives and abortifacients in their health plans attacks the conscience rights and religious liberty of all Missouri citizens, said the state's Catholic conference.
Judge Audrey Fleissig of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis issued her order March 14.
The St. Louis archdiocese will end its appeal of a court decision that removed its control of a disputed Polish church after a yearslong dispute.
In a joint statement issued in response to queries from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, attorneys for the archdiocese and St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church said they had resolved their legal struggle.
"The Archdiocese will dismiss its appeal, and the judgment of the trial court is now final," according to the statement issued Wednesday.
An appeals court issued a preliminary injunction against the federal government's contraceptive mandate, saying a Catholic-owned company does not have to comply with that part of the act.
A scruffy-looking man walked up and down St. Louis' antiques row, trying to peddle an old Bible to store owners, but several thought something was amiss.
Kenez Jakovac of Hammonds Books said he felt the same way, but paid the man $30 for the Bible on Dec. 23. Jakovac said he believed the Bible was worth $500 to $1,000 and he suspected it might be stolen.
He said he did an Internet search the day after Christmas and found a Post-Dispatch story about a special Bible stolen from St. Johns Lutheran Church just days before Christmas services.
At their fall meeting, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to accept a new preaching document, an admonishment of poor preaching.