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A plea for our fellow CatholicsGreg Erlandson

This Advent, stop worrying about Christmas presents and hanging lights, negotiating mall traffic or scouring the web for the perfect gift. This Advent, imagine that you and your family lose everything. ...

Mass murder and our culture of death Greg Erlandson

On Nov. 14, Kevin Janson Neal paced about a remote elementary school in the small Northern California community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, apparently looking for children to shoot during a killing spree ...

A tale of two popesGreg Erlandson

There's a quote attributed, probably falsely, to Mark Twain that observes, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes." I suppose it is a sign that I'm getting older, because I'm starting to ...

Harvey Weinstein's not alone Greg Erlandson

Harvey Weinstein is a pig. It's not language I would normally use in a column, but the cascade of revelations about his treatment of women and men, most particularly his twisted and apparently constant ...

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 ...