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A queen and two popesGreg Erlandson

"Verisimilitude" is a $10 word that is quite handy these days. It means "giving the appearance of being true or real." It might be an appropriate, if clunky, label for a new genre of docu-fiction, where ...

The dollars and sense of our Catholic tithing Greg Erlandson

My kids find it hilarious when my wife pulls out her checkbook -- banking's equivalent of a typewriter. But we still write checks every week to put in our offering envelope for church. I know this is ...

Finding reason to hope amid the pessimismGreg Erlandson

My father-in-law, Joseph, was a wonderful guy. An immigrant who passionately loved America, he was hardworking, honest and thrifty. He had a laborer's hands but a poet's mind. Joseph had seen enough of ...

Advent: Can we do it? Greg Erlandson

How is your supply of Christmas cheer doing these days? Mine is in rather short supply. Every year, around this time, I grouse about the Christmas ads in September and the Christmas music in October, ...

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 ...