Greg Erlandson

Greg Erlandson

Columnist

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Celebrating our technicolor glory

My wife and I moved from the Midwest to the East Coast a few years ago. There was a predictable amount of culture shock for both of us in leaving […]

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Cures for ‘chronic news funk’

I have been a news junkie almost all my life. I’ve read a daily newspaper since grammar school, progressing from comics to sports to the front page. I was the first […]

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A little boy meets a pastor

A remarkable video of Pope Francis answering a young boy’s deeply personal question was posted by Catholic News Service recently. It moved many viewers to tears. It also moved some […]