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Stepping back from the brinkGreg Erlandson

Jan. 6, 2021 was an epiphany of sorts for Americans who watched in horror as a mob breached the U.S. Capitol, assaulted police, and vandalized offices. It was both shockingly unexpected and shockingly ...

Calling a truce in the war on holly jolly Greg Erlandson

You've heard about the war on Christmas. But have you heard about the war on holly jolly? It's a war my wife Corine has waged for some years now. It always starts the same way; my children will tell ...

For unto us a child is bornGreg Erlandson

There is nothing like the birth of a child to make one appreciate Christmas. Four times, I have experienced such Christmases. Now I am experiencing my fifth. It was the birth of my first grandchild. He ...

What the McCarrick report means for the Church Greg Erlandson

Two years ago, Pope Francis called for a full accounting of how Theodore McCarrick was able to rise through Church ranks, and he promised to make the report public. Some people disbelieved such a report ...

Where we go from hereGreg Erlandson

"I think it's a great opportunity." I was bemoaning the state of a country divided almost down the middle. The election that so many people thought was for the soul of the country or for its future instead ...

A rosary for our nation Greg Erlandson

I've found myself praying for my country a lot these days. As a family, we remember to do so when we say grace at dinner. At other times -- usually after reading some terrible headline or seeing the latest ...

The Church's guidance for the Catholic voterGreg Erlandson

There is much to appreciate about working in the Catholic press, but every four years can become an occasion to think about a career change. Every four years, not coincidentally, is election time, and ...

What comes after the pandemic? Greg Erlandson

While we are still in the midst of the worst pandemic of the past century, with almost 200,000 people dead in our country alone, Pope Francis is thinking about what comes next. What do we do the day after ...