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Expanding the circle of protectionGreg Erlandson

One of the maddening aspects of America's political landscape for Catholics is the inconsistencies of both political parties. Some folks may oppose the death penalty but are just fine with abortion, ...

A tree falls and is noticed Greg Erlandson

I've never lost a tree before. Our property had three magnificent oaks, each more than a hundred, maybe a 150 years old. Like J.R.R. Tolkien's Ents, each had its own gravitas. One died after ...

In defense of funeralsGreg Erlandson

"Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man." -- Mercutio, "Romeo and Juliet" In the past two and a half months I've been to four funerals. Friends. A spouse of a friend. A child of a friend. ...

Giving birth to a new movement Greg Erlandson

In the 50th year since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision allowing abortion on demand, that same court has judged that case wrongly decided and kicked America's most neuralgic issue back ...

Appreciating good homiliesGreg Erlandson

Here's an answer that should show up on Catholic Jeopardy: "Eight minutes." The question is: "What does Pope Francis think the ideal length of a homily should be?" This pope, who has not been afraid ...

A tale of two weddings Greg Erlandson

How do we attract people to our Church? How do we invite people to "come and see"? These are questions being asked with greater urgency these days. The "nones," that is, those with no religious affiliation, ...

Who's listening to the women?Greg Erlandson

The leaked draft Supreme Court document that laid out the case for overturning Roe v. Wade making abortion a constitutional right has provoked an uproar. Abortion advocates are furious that the forthcoming ...

My sense, your nonsense Greg Erlandson

A friend of mine is threatening to run for office. His slogan will be "Stop the Nonsense." I think it's a slogan an increasing number of us could get behind. Nonsense is in the eye of the beholder, ...