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The hollow manGreg Erlandson

What savagery lies in the breast of man? Two recent television epics ask us to contemplate this question. The first is Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's magnificent documentary, "The Vietnam War." The ...

Good news, bad news Greg Erlandson

Would it surprise you to know that most Catholic parishioners are quite happy with their parishes? A whopping 92 percent rate their satisfaction with their parish as good or excellent. Would it also ...

Tearing down prejudiceGreg Erlandson

Watching TV images of crowds pulling down a statue of a Civil War soldier in North Carolina, I found myself thinking of a 16th-century pope named Paul IV. He was so loathed by Romans, Jews and Christians ...

In praise of millennials Greg Erlandson

One of the most common comments I heard about the crowd of storm trooper wannabes marching with backyard tiki torches and wooden shields through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, was how many ...

Persevering in prayerGreg Erlandson

The daughter of a good friend of mine died this week of a drug overdose. I had been praying for her for at least two years. I keep a list of people I pray for. I always hated the idea of saying, "You ...

A Mass confusion Greg Erlandson

In professional Catholic circles, a tired joke that still makes the rounds goes like this: Q: What's the difference between a liturgist and a terrorist? A: You can negotiate with a terrorist. Most ...

What does persecution look like?Greg Erlandson

In Terry Gilliam's 1985 dystopian film "Brazil," there is a scene where diners at a restaurant casually continue eating their meals while a terrorist bomb explodes nearby, taking out another table of ...

At life's end Greg Erlandson

My father-in-law died this past month. He was a good, hardworking man, an immigrant, self-taught and self-reliant. As is likely both the fear and the fate of many of us, he died in a hospital, tethered ...