Greg Erlandson

Greg Erlandson

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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 […]

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For unto us a child is born

There is nothing like the birth of a child to make one appreciate Christmas. Four times, I have experienced such Christmases. Now I am experiencing my fifth. It was the […]

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What the McCarrick report means for the Church

Two years ago, Pope Francis called for a full accounting of how Theodore McCarrick was able to rise through Church ranks, and he promised to make the report public. Some […]

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Where we go from here

“I think it’s a great opportunity.” I was bemoaning the state of a country divided almost down the middle. The election that so many people thought was for the soul […]

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A rosary for our nation

I’ve found myself praying for my country a lot these days. As a family, we remember to do so when we say grace at dinner. At other times — usually […]