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An unexpected voice, a painful messageGreg Erlandson

For those who say the Church doesn't get it, or the Vatican doesn't get it, I offer up Msgr. John Kennedy. Msgr. Kennedy has perhaps the most unenviable job in the Church today. He is head of the Vatican ...

How far the Church has come this past year Greg Erlandson

For many Catholics these days, bishops are like members of Congress. We may like ours but distrust the lot of them. To judge from the reaction of social media to the U.S. bishops' June meeting, not a ...

Selling the sizzle at a parish near youGreg Erlandson

"Marketing is a contest for people's attention." -- Seth Godin I heard about a parish recently. It has regular Eucharistic Adoration, but only the old-timers show up, and their numbers are shrinking. ...

What if every life were precious? Greg Erlandson

When Alabama's governor, Kay Ivey, signed the nation's most restrictive abortion bill into law, she gave this simple explanation. "Every life is precious," she said. The law has been criticized by some ...

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 ...