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Reflecting on the before and after of the pandemic

Reflecting on the before and after of the pandemic

| Greg Erlandson | May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’ve been experiencing some weird side effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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An opportunity not to be missed

An opportunity not to be missed

| Greg Erlandson | April 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’d love to be writing about something other than the coronavirus crisis, but it is hard to think of any other event that has so transfixed our attention. It is as if the entire world — well, maybe not Florida — has been forced to take a 30-day retreat to contemplate what really matters.

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A crisis that may be an opportunity

A crisis that may be an opportunity

| Greg Erlandson | March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” said former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. His adage came to mind as I surveyed the human and economic wreckage strewn in the wake of the coronavirus.

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A queen and two popes

A queen and two popes

| Greg Erlandson | January 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Verisimilitude” is a $10 word that is quite handy these days. It means “giving the appearance of being true or real.”

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The fleeing nones

The fleeing nones

| Greg Erlandson | November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 felt that Mom and Dad were lagging.

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The sin of anti-Semitism resurfaces

The sin of anti-Semitism resurfaces

| Greg Erlandson | October 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The world reacted with horror and outrage earlier this year when a town in Poland marked Good Friday with a ritual beating of a Judas effigy.

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Do we really believe in the Real Presence?

Do we really believe in the Real Presence?

| Greg Erlandson | August 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

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.

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What if every life were precious?

What if every life were precious?

| Greg Erlandson | May 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey, signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion bill into law, she gave this simple explanation.

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Scary prayers that are good for you

Scary prayers that are good for you

| Greg Erlandson | May 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

I have a short list of scary prayers.

Scary prayers are prayers where even the very words you say seem to convict you.

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What has been done and what we still need to do

What has been done and what we still need to do

| Greg Erlandson | May 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

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.

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What everybody didn’t know

What everybody didn’t know

| Greg Erlandson | February 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

When the Pennsylvania grand jury issued its report last August chronicling the sexual abuse cases in six Pennsylvania dioceses, everybody thought they knew the whole story. After all, this was a grand jury, and the attorney general of Pennsylvania was presenting its 1,356-page report to the world as evidence of a grand conspiracy by the leaders of the Catholic Church in his state to cover up abuse allegations and ignore victims.

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Recovering intimacy in a lonely world

Recovering intimacy in a lonely world

| Greg Erlandson | January 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the early 1990s, the famed mystery author P.D. James published “The Children of Men.” Set in the year 2021, it describes a dystopian world where the human race had become incapable of reproducing itself.

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