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Tim Townsend

Tim Townsend is religion writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Blog Posts by Tim Townsend

Posted by Tim Townsend 42 weeks 1 day ago
ST. LOUIS — Kristen Leslie began her 2003 book, When Violence Is No Stranger, with a verse from Psalms, a nod to her training as a theologian.“It is not enemies who taunt me — I could bear that...
Posted by Tim Townsend 1 year 2 weeks ago
Sarah Decareaux was lying on the cold, concrete floor of a barn.She closed her eyes, curled her knees into her chest, and told herself that what was happening wasn’t real.She felt claustrophobic. She...
Posted by Tim Townsend 1 year 8 weeks ago
On the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Rev. Gary Meier addressed a congregation of sorts — people who wanted to hear what the Roman Catholic priest had been thinking since, nearly...
Posted by Tim Townsend 1 year 9 weeks ago
Each year 90,000 parents in the U.S. confront the profound suffering that follows the death of a child or adolescent.Some of those rely on faith to help them through their grief. Others look to...
Posted by Tim Townsend 1 year 13 weeks ago
On a recent rainy Saturday, about 125 Catholics packed a basement conference room, many of them older, most of them lay people. Many were representing their parishes.They gathered here to learn how...