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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 ...

The sin of anti-Semitism resurfacesGreg Erlandson

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. The effigy was crafted to resemble a stereotype of an Orthodox ...

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 ...