Greg Erlandson

Greg Erlandson

Columnist

Where is the Spirit leading us? Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Where is the Spirit leading us?

In the midst of the current crisis in our Church — with a once-admired cardinal accused of heinous acts, bishops widely judged incapable of policing themselves, investigators poring through Church […]

What everybody didn’t know Default Thumbnail
Perspective

What everybody didn’t know

When the Pennsylvania grand jury issued its report last August chronicling the sexual abuse cases in six Pennsylvania dioceses, everybody thought they knew the whole story. After all, this was […]

Recovering intimacy in a lonely world Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Recovering intimacy in a lonely world

In the early 1990s, the famed mystery author P.D. James published “The Children of Men.” Set in the year 2021, it describes a dystopian world where the human race had […]

Extra! Extra! Read all about it? Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Extra! Extra! Read all about it?

Fifty-three journalists were killed worldwide in 2018. Some died in war, but a shocking number died exposing corruption, covering protests or just doing their job. Time magazine called them and […]

Ecclesial déjà vu all over again Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Ecclesial déjà vu all over again

After a surprise derailment by the Vatican of a long-awaited vote of the U.S. bishops, tempers were frayed. “I feel frustrated,” said one powerful cardinal. An influential archbishop added, “The […]

Giving thanks for Thanksgiving Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Giving thanks for Thanksgiving

I was in the middle of a root canal when I began to think about gratitude. To be clear, I was not performing the root canal. It was being performed […]

Gobsmacked: Rome steps in, reform votes delayed Default Thumbnail
National

Gobsmacked: Rome steps in, reform votes delayed

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Seasoned bishop watchers know that just about every fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a surprise. Sometimes it’s an election result. Sometimes it […]

Getting real about our challenges Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Getting real about our challenges

Tracking the Catholic zeitgeist these days can be a dizzying experience. It helps to have a sense of history, and perhaps a sense of irony as well. Once upon a […]

In praise of middle children Default Thumbnail
Perspective

In praise of middle children

There’s something new to worry about these days: the disappearance of the middle child. One of the side effects of shrinking family size is that middle children are disappearing. With […]

The truth that set him free Default Thumbnail
Perspective

The truth that set him free

“I believe the Lord has put me here for this very moment. Throughout all of the pain, the Lord has never left me alone. He has continued to love me, […]

After meeting pope, cardinal says he’s hopeful about addressing crisis Default Thumbnail
National

After meeting pope, cardinal says he’s hopeful about addressing crisis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston struck a determinedly hopeful tone after his long-awaited meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the growing sexual abuse crisis in […]

Letter to an angry friend Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Letter to an angry friend

My friend, thank you for writing. You have every right to be angry. The recent revelations about sexual abuses and what Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo calls the “grave moral failures […]