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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 28 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 40 weeks 5 days 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 46 weeks 6 days 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 48 weeks 21 hours 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 51 weeks 5 days 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...