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The light at the tunnel's end is still far awayGreg Erlandson

It has been a rough 18 months for the U.S. bishops. Much as they would like it to be over, some observers, including a fellow bishop, think they still have a long way to go. The cascade of bad news started ...

The fleeing nones Greg Erlandson

I grew up in a family of seven kids, which I considered a midsized Catholic brood. I knew families that could field entire baseball and even football teams. As a kid, I kept score of such matters and ...

Don't let Halloween scare youGreg Erlandson

Sometimes kids can be way more sensible than grown-ups. When the "Harry Potter" series was all the rage (has it stopped being all the rage yet?), there was a mild hysteria whipped up in certain fundamentalist ...

It's time to create a pro-life culture Greg Erlandson

Charles Camosy is a most unusual pro-life optimist. Make that a Catholic pro-life optimist. He chronicles the debased language of abortion supporters -- calling an unborn baby's heartbeat a "cardiac ...

The sin of anti-Semitism resurfacesGreg Erlandson

The world reacted with horror and outrage earlier this year when a town in Poland marked Good Friday with a ritual beating of a Judas effigy. The effigy was crafted to resemble a stereotype of an Orthodox ...

Do we really believe in the Real Presence? Greg Erlandson

When Pope Francis recently said that every time we receive Communion, it should be like our first time, it reminded me of a friend's story. He had left his then-youngest son in the pew while the rest ...

A news junkie hits the beachGreg Erlandson

I know it's not just me. More and more people are telling me that they just can't take the news anymore. Like me, they find it overwhelmingly depressing. It raises our blood pressure. It leaves us discontented. ...

How far is too far for Mass? Greg Erlandson

How far would you drive for Mass? I don't know if anyone has ever done a study of such a pedestrian topic, but it is a question that will become increasingly relevant. Once upon a time, driving farther ...