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Ecclesial déjà vu all over againGreg Erlandson

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 thinking ...

In praise of middle children Greg Erlandson

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 more and more ...

The truth that set him freeGreg Erlandson

"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, heal me and still calls me to serve him." Those are ...

Sweden's Catholic past and future Greg Erlandson

Standing in a field north of Stockholm, I was looking at a Viking rune, an arrow-shaped stone as tall as a person. It was etched with words in Old Norse that wound like a ribbon over the face of the stone. ...

A crisis regarding the responsibility of church authoritiesGreg Erlandson

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When Catholic News Service posted a short video of the Pennsylvania attorney general's Aug. 14 news conference announcing a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses, ...

Letter to an angry friend Greg Erlandson

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 of judgment on the ...

Celebrating our technicolor gloryGreg Erlandson

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 the manifest blessings of the Midwest: Housing prices ...

A family moment Greg Erlandson

"It is a profound spiritual experience to contemplate our loved ones with the eyes of God and to see Christ in them." Pope Francis may not have had a conga line in mind when he wrote these words in ...