Greg Erlandson

Columnist

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Advice for avoiding the ‘rotten fruit’ of our digital age

The Eighth Commandment is taking a beating on the internet. So is the fifth. Lying and defaming are no longer sins. They are clickbait. The crisis of fake news and […]

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The stories we tell, the lessons we learn

When I have reunions with my brothers and sisters, at some point we start telling stories about growing up. Invariably, we will remember events, good and bad, from different perspectives. […]

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Going buggy with Brood X

When I first learned of the imminent arrival of the 17-year cicadas, Brood X according to those who name such things, it brought to mind my years in the Midwest. […]

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Caring for Mom as Mom cared for me

There is a particularly unexpected twist in the saga of many families when the child suddenly starts acting the parent and the parent resembles the child. It is not a […]

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Numbers down and ‘nones’ up, where to now?

As if the bishops needed anything more to worry about these days, Gallup released a poll just before Easter documenting a sharp decline in religious membership among Americans over the […]

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One year later, measuring our gains and losses

One year ago, I left my office for what I thought was a few weeks. Soon, I was wearing gloves to the grocery store and sanitizing the groceries when I […]

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How badly do we want to return?

What if you were a Catholic who had not seen a priest in 60 years? What if you had not seen a priest in one year? Jesuit Father Anthony Corcoran […]

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Them’s fighting words!

When Father Angelo Bianchi, a wonderful Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions missionary, married my wife and me, he gave us some bad advice. Oh, it sounded good at the time. […]

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Celebrating our anniversary with Pope Francis

It’s not often you get the pope to celebrate your birthday, even if it’s your 100th. Catholic News Service turned 100 in the midst of the pandemic, so it took […]

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A new day and an offer to engage

Inauguration Day began with a private Mass of Thanksgiving held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, for the Biden family and congressional leadership. The inauguration itself started with an invocation […]

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Stepping back from the brink

Jan. 6, 2021, was an epiphany of sorts for Americans who watched in horror as a mob breached the U.S. Capitol, assaulted police and vandalized offices. It was both shockingly […]

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Doctrine committee sets standards for evaluating, improving church hymns

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Expressing concern for the doctrinal soundness of some of the lyrics of Catholic hymns now available for use in Catholic liturgies, the U.S. bishops’ doctrine committee in […]