A forum of Catholic Thought

Do we really believe in the Real Presence?Greg Erlandson

When Pope Francis recently said that every time we receive Communion, it should be like our first time, it reminded me of a friend's story. He had left his then-youngest son in the pew while the rest ...

A news junkie hits the beach Greg Erlandson

I know it's not just me. More and more people are telling me that they just can't take the news anymore. Like me, they find it overwhelmingly depressing. It raises our blood pressure. It leaves us discontented. ...

How far is too far for Mass?Greg Erlandson

How far would you drive for Mass? I don't know if anyone has ever done a study of such a pedestrian topic, but it is a question that will become increasingly relevant. Once upon a time, driving farther ...

An unexpected voice, a painful message Greg 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 yearGreg 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 you Greg 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 do Greg 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 ...