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St. Louis on the Air
3:50 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

St. Louis Has Fewer Catholics But Does That Signal Decline?

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
(via Flickr/Scuddr)

Institutional religions are losing members to those who claim to be “unaffiliated,” people who are often religious or spiritual in some way but don’t belong to an institution. Nearly one in five of U.S. adults are “unaffiliated” according to the Pew Research Center.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:03 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Discussion: The Papacy Of Pope Francis And His Impact On The Catholic Church

Pope Francis on a visit to Argentina last March.
(via Wikimedia Commons/Casa Rosada)

In the 11 months since Pope Francis began his papacy, he has gained widespread approval and a reputation for shaking things up.

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Obituary
9:16 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Sister Harriet Padberg: Pioneer In Music Therapy, Longtime Teacher

Sister Harriet Padberg
Credit Courtesy of the Society of the Sacred Heart

Sister Harriet Ann Padberg, a gifted musician and composer, who spent the last 40 years of her long life advocating music as a therapeutic way of improving the lives of people with physical and mental disabilities, found joy listening to Mozart’s music in her last hour.    

The lifelong St. Louisan died Jan. 2 of complications after a fall and hip break. She was 91.

“We were playing Mozart, she loved Mozart, it was very peaceful,” her sister Peggy Padberg McGarry, of Houston, said.

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Religion
10:59 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Vatican Reorganizes Congregation For Bishops; Burke And Rigali Not Reappointed

Raymond Leo Burke, spring 2008
Credit Wikipedia

Monday two former St. Louis archbishops, Cardinal Raymond Burke and Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, lost their posts on the Congregation for Bishops. This powerful Vatican committee nominates priests to be bishops worldwide. It meets on alternate Thursdays in Rome.

While Rigali's removal is not unexpected since he is retired with the title Philadelphia archbishop emeritus, the Burke move is dramatic.

Burke is a Vatican cardinal "in full" and head of the tribunal of last resort, which can countermand bishops when they want to remove priests from the clerical state, for example.

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Education
3:58 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Despite Declining Enrollment, Seven South City Catholic Schools Will Remain Open

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While two Catholic grade schools will close in south St. Louis next fall, seven other parishes confirmed today that their schools will remain open.

All nine schools are members of the South City Collaboration, a coalition of parishes working together on challenges in their schools like declining enrollment, financial difficulties and the shifting population of south St. Louis. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Settlement Houses Then And Now: Fulfilling The Needs Of Their Community

Photo circa 1940s, Caroline Mission, Lafayette Park in St. Louis a settlement house now known as Neighborhood Houses
(Photo Courtesy: Neighborhood Houses)

When settlement houses were founded in the United States in the late 19th century, the idea was for educated middle-class or upper-class individuals to settle in impoverished areas, and through their influence and resources help lift their neighbors out of poverty.

Perhaps the most famous American Settlement House was Chicago's  Hull House, founded by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Star in 1889.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:32 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Local Reaction To Pope Francis, New Leader Of The Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis
(via Flickr/Christus Vincit)

The new pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the first-ever Jesuit pope and the first non-European pope of the modern era.  He is the first to adopt the name Francis.

Pope Francis now leads the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Host Don Marsh spoke with a variety of guests to talk about the meaning behind Pope Francis’ selection and about some of the major controversial issues within the Church, including clergy sexual abuse, the role of women and same sex marriage.

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Pope Francis
5:48 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Habemus Papam: St. Louis Reacts To News Of New Pope

Catholic leaders in St. Louis say they are "delighted" by the selection of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. He is pictured here in April 2012 with the head of government in Buenos Aires.
(via Flickr/Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

The head of the Archdiocese of St. Louis says he is "delighted" with the selection of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

White smoke from the Sistine Chapel  announced the selection of a new pope  just about 1 p.m. local time. Bergoglio's name was revealed about an hour later. Until today, he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Religion
7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning

Pope Benedict XVI, on Saturday at the Vatican.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 1:49 pm

(Most recent update: 2:50 p.m ET.)

For the first time in nearly 600 years, a pope is resigning from his post as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning that he is stepping down effective Feb. 28.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:03 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

The Intersection of Religion & Politics: The Catholic Perspective

(via Flickr/Matt Donovan)

The economy is identified as the top concern and voting issue in this presidential election.  There is, however, a strong and sometimes overriding religious subtext on such issues as abortion, contraception, and same sex marriage.  In advance of an upcoming lecture at Fontbonne University on “Faithful Citizenship: A Forum on Religion and Public Life,” host Don Marsh talks with some of the panelists about the intersection of politics and religion, engaging in a broad discussion though approaching it from the Catholic perspective.

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