Greg Erlandson

Columnist

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A Season of Change, A Time of Hope

There are a lot of joys about being a grandparent, but for starters, it lets us relive those first months and years of being a parent. We’ve got a lot […]

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The Advent of Population Decline

As we await the birth of the Savior Child, it seems fitting to note that in many parts of the developed world, the lack of babies is a growing concern. […]

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In Business for the Common Good

Catholic entrepreneurs have an imposing defender in Andreas Widmer. Think business guru Peter Drucker wielding a halberd. The 6-foot-9-inch ex-Swiss Guard is an entrepreneur, teacher, and enthusiastic cheerleader of the […]

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Catholics Weigh in with their Concerns

Catholics have lots of opinions about their Church these days, from preaching to polarization. So imagine what happens when you ask 700,000 what they think.  That’s how many Americans took […]

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Expanding the Circle of Protection

One of the maddening aspects of America’s political landscape for Catholics is the inconsistencies of both political parties. Some folks may oppose the death penalty but are just fine with […]

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A Tree Falls and is Noticed

I’ve never lost a tree before. Our property had three magnificent oaks, each more than a hundred, maybe 150 years old. Like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ents, each had its own gravitas. […]

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Appreciating good homilies

Here’s an answer that should show up on Catholic Jeopardy: “Eight minutes.” The question is: “What does Pope Francis think the ideal length of a homily should be?” This pope, […]

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A tale of two weddings

How do we attract people to our Church? How do we invite people to “come and see”? These are questions being asked with greater urgency these days. The “nones,” that […]

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My sense, your nonsense

A friend of mine is threatening to run for office. His slogan will be “Stop the Nonsense.” I think it’s a slogan an increasing number of us could get behind. Nonsense […]

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The squeakiest wheels and the rest of us

What if there are not one but two chasms that divide Americans today? One chasm separates the reds and blues, the ideologically conservative and the ideologically progressive. This is the […]

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Evening news despair and Easter hope

One of the best decisions my wife and I ever made was to keep our television out of the bedroom. We’ve never fallen asleep bathed in the blue glow of […]

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What kind of Christian do others think we are?

When Pope Francis announced that the next world Synod of Bishops would convene on the topic of synodality, a lot of eyebrows were raised. A synod on synodality seemed redundant, […]