Greg Erlandson

Columnist

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Lessons from Ukraine’s witness

Putin’s war is teaching us something about ourselves, if we are paying attention. The scenes of brave Ukrainians standing in front of tanks, making Molotov cocktails, picking up arms to […]

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The struggle for hearts and minds will continue

In advance of the Supreme Court’s much-awaited decision on the Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks, the abortion wars have heated up again. When pro-lifers rallied […]

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Bridging divides shoulder to shoulder

The anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot that humiliated Congress and horrified a good portion of our nation has gone more or less as one might have predicted during these […]

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In the storm’s wake, our neighbors need us

Christmas this year arrived amid shock and tears. The images of devastation wrought by at least 22 tornadoes slashing their way through Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois are etched in […]

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If every parish was a pro-life safe haven

My track record as a predictor of Supreme Court abortion decisions took a hit years ago when I wrote an editorial predicting that Planned Parenthood v. Casey would overturn Roe […]

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The miracle we share at every Mass

At their fall meeting, the bishops will have a chance to review, amend and vote on a draft statement titled “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the […]

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Lessons from a COVID-19 infection

Experiencing COVID-19 these days brings to mind the scene in “Ben-Hur” when the lepers are proclaiming themselves “Unclean! Unclean!” People compare COVID-19 to the flu, which in many cases is […]

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The lethal tenderness of the death doctors

By the time Dr. Jack Kevorkian was put in prison for second-degree murder, he had helped an estimated 130 patients kill themselves. The first person he “helped” was an Oregon […]

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When our children leave the faith

Once upon a time, you may have prayed for your darling child to become a nun. Odds are you never prayed that she become a none. Gallup reported earlier this […]

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A retirement project like no other

“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness.” — Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, “Don Quixote” What should a retired philosophy professor […]

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When tomorrow is a day too late

The human tendency to postpone and procrastinate is at times breathtaking. It can also be fatal. Now that Americans are starting to believe that COVID-19 variations can be more efficiently […]

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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 […]