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What has been done and what we still need to doGreg Erlandson

Josh Shapiro, the attorney general for the state of Pennsylvania, has used the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral as an opportunity to write a column upbraiding U.S. bishops. Noting how quickly Catholics ...

A letter in the inbox of every young Catholic Greg Erlandson

Attention Catholic young people, by which I mean everyone under 30: Pope Francis has written you a letter. Called "Christ Is Alive," it is a historic document in that it isn't just a letter about young ...

Scary prayers that are good for youGreg Erlandson

I have a short list of scary prayers. Scary prayers are prayers where even the very words you say seem to convict you. Most prayers are prayers of petition, prayers where we are asking God for his intervention. ...

Winter's chill and the loss of a friend Greg Erlandson

Growing up on Los Angeles, I never really appreciated the seasons. As the old joke goes, Southern California has only two: brushfire season and mudslide season. This seems even more true these days, whether ...

After the Vatican's summit on abuse, the stakes are clearGreg Erlandson

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The long-awaited "Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church," nicknamed the abuse summit, was an extraordinary and historic gathering that surpassed many expectations while ...

Where is the Spirit leading us? Greg Erlandson

In the midst of the current crisis in our church -- with a once-admired cardinal accused of heinous acts, bishops widely judged incapable of policing themselves, investigators poring through church archives ...

Recovering intimacy in a lonely worldGreg Erlandson

In the early 1990s, the famed mystery author P.D. James published "The Children of Men." Set in the year 2021, it describes a dystopian world where the human race had become incapable of reproducing itself. The ...

Ecclesial déjà vu all over again Greg 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 ...