John M. Grondelski

John M. Grondelski (Ph.D., Fordham) is a former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. All views expressed herein are his own.

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Taking Archbishop Paglia at His Word

The Pontifical Academy for Life assured us that, though we had seen the naked text of Archbishop Paglia’s remarks on assisted suicide, he was attired in the finest and fullest of ecclesiastical garb.

Hands Off Easter!

There’s a movement afoot to fix a common date for Easter by 2025. It’s a movement fraught with problems.

The Marriage/Parenthood Disconnect

While conceptually distinctive, Catholic theology has always recognized marriage and parenthood typically go in tandem and that openness to life is a prerequisite to entering a valid marriage.

“C’mon, Ring Those Bells!”

Church steeples point men’s attention beyond the horizontal, the level of their eyes, and church bells are acoustic reminders of transcendence. Today’s world needs more, not less, of those reminders.

Start Living a New Kind of Year

Living wholly in the civil, present, temporal world tends to blur our attention to the “bigger picture.” Trying to live according to the rhythms of the liturgical year gives us perspective: everything is not about the right now and the demands of the moment.

Our Holy Innocents Today

The Feast of the Holy Innocents should remind us of the abortion holocaust, not immigration debates. The Church’s vestments are red because the children bled and were dead, not because the Holy Family fled.

Loosing and Binding

Penitents do not have an absolute right to absolution: they must meet what the sacrament itself requires for the forgiveness of sins.


The Normalization of Sterility

Today is “World Vasectomy Day.” What do roaming vans offering fast, local sterilization tell us about how far our culture has fallen?

The Grave Evil of “Recomposting”

There is a movement to promote “recomposting” humans after death, but this process inherently devalues the human person by actively choosing to break down the difference between a person and a thing.

Three Months of Dangerous Holidays

Columbus Day started an almost three-month cultural flagellation feast for liberals which continues through Thanksgiving, reaches a peak at Christmas, and culminates in January 6th.

You Cannot Serve God and Mammon

Mammon is properly not “served” but “used.” It is a thing. It serves a purpose: acquiring goods that better human life. If we “use” mammon for that purpose, it’s good; if we “serve” mammon, we make a tool which should be our servant our master.

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