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Leon Taylor to be Executed on November 19

Leon Taylor to be Executed on November 19

The state of Missouri is continuing the pace of setting an execution a month with the execution of Leon Taylor scheduled for November 19.  Mr. Taylor, an African-American, was sentenced to death for the 1994 gas station robbery/murder of Robert Newton, who was white. In Taylor’s case, issues of racial disparity and legal misfortune are [...]

Join Your Voice with Civic and Religious Leaders Asking for Clemency

Join Your Voice with Civic and Religious Leaders Asking for Clemency

This week civic and religious leaders, including the Catholic bishops of Missouri, sent a clemency letter to Governor Nixon asking that he show mercy to Leon Taylor and commute his sentence to life in prison without parole. Aside from issues of racial disparity in the case (see above article) the letter also mentions Taylor’s rehabilitation [...]

Archbishop Carlson Calls for Peace in Ferguson

Archbishop Carlson Calls for Peace in Ferguson

In anticipation of the grand jury verdict that is expected any day, Archbishop Carlson has re-issued his call for peace in St. Louis regarding what occurred in Ferguson earlier this fall.  Archbishop Carlson’s statement calls for “integration of our hearts,” and challenges anyone who would resort to violence to reconsider. “Be an instrument of peace [...]

Peace and Justice Weekend Planned in Ferguson

Peace and Justice Weekend Planned in Ferguson

In light of the grand jury investigation into the Michael Brown case, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and Our Lady of Guadalupe parishes in Ferguson, Mo. are changing their Mass schedules this weekend to be exclusively dedicated to “peace and justice.” Under various needs and occasions pastors have the option of offering customized Masses. An opportunity [...]

Does Early Intervention Make A Difference?

Does Early Intervention Make A Difference?

Early intervention can be a lifesaver for babies. The benefits of some early interventions are obvious but bear repeating. The work of pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes have played a role in reducing the abortion rate in Missouri.  In 1990 there were an estimated 19,582 abortions, but by 2012 (latest data available) the number [...]

The Wild Swans of Binder

The Wild Swans of Binder

This week we spotted a pair of swans basking in the morning sun of a quiet cove of Binder Lake. The lake is just a few minutes west of Jefferson City and hosts migrating ducks and other waterfowl at this time of year. The elegant beauty of swans has inspired countless painters and poets. The [...]

Missouri "Same-Sex Marriage" Ban Deemed Unconstitutional

Missouri “Same-Sex Marriage” Ban Deemed Unconstitutional

St. Louis state Circuit Judge Rex Burlison issued an order this week holding that Missouri law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman is unconstitutional and violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling requires the St. Louis City clerk to issue marriage licenses to [...]

Missouri Federal District Judge Strikes Missouri's "Same-Sex Marriage" Ban

Missouri Federal District Judge Strikes Missouri’s “Same-Sex Marriage” Ban

This week in Kansas City, U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith struck down Missouri law defining marriage as the union of a man and women. Judge Smith delayed implementing the ruling pending an appeal by the state.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds "Same-Sex Marriage" Ban

Federal Appeals Court Upholds “Same-Sex Marriage” Ban

The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Ohio has upheld laws banning “same-sex marriage” in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  This is the first federal appeals court to do so, and makes U.S. Supreme Court review of the issue more likely in the near future, most likely this term, which concludes at the end [...]