Since we’re into Archbishop pictures– the Archdiocesan website just posted this photo of a pretty cool chasuble, mitre and crozier for Archbishop-elect Carlson. A different look than some of the Saginaw pictures we’ve seen.
But this noble bride of our God is not to remain for ever an exile from her Lord. As Mary was left for several years upon the earth, in order that she might labour for the glory of her Son, and was then taken up to heaven, there to reign eternally with Him; so likewise the Church is to remain militant here below as long as God sees her to be needed for completing the number of His elect.
Those are the statistics from the FBI for A.D. 2008,as reported at STLToday. The crimes included in the definition of violent crimes are murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and assault.
When you add the 30,443 property crimes– burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson , that comes to an average of 103 serious crimes committed in the city every day.
How is 2009 going?Click here for a map of this year’s murders in the St. Louis area.
This isn’t Iraq– this is our city. When you look at the map, above, you immediately note that the vast majority of the murders are taking place in North St. Louis City and Near North St. Louis County, though no region is untouched. Regardless of your opinion on the issue generally, it is no wonder that a north-side alderman encouraged law-abiding citizens there to obtain concealed carry permits. There is no question that the veneer of society and civility is worn through in many places.
Now, do you want the really sobering news?These numbers represent an improvement from the year before.
St. Louis, Missouri
In 2008, this city reported 7,383 violent crimes and 30,443 property crimes.
Violent crime is composed of four offenses: Murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.
BY THE NUMBERS
Population (2008 only)
Motor Vehicle Theft
The 2008 population figures are FBI estimates based on provisional data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
St. Charles Co. 676
Jefferson Co. 628
Lincoln Co. 108
Franklin Co. 269
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program
Vatican laments drop in confessions
Jun 2 11:41 AM US/Eastern
VATICAN CITY (AP) – A Vatican official is lamenting that many faithful no longer confess their sins, and says some confuse a psychologist’s couch for a confessional booth.
Archbishop Mauro Piacenza has told Vatican Radio the sacrament of penance has been experiencing a “deep crisis” for decades. Piacenza, an official for the Vatican office on clergy, says fewer people distinguish between good and evil, and as a result don’t go to confession.
The archbishop said in the interview Tuesday that if faithful don’t have a sense of sin, they might “confuse” confession with “the couch of a psychologist or a psychiatrist.”
He says the Vatican plans to publish this year a kind of handbook on confession to drum up enthusiasm among Catholics toward the sacrament.