John Grondelski

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“Whoever Receives One Child Such as This in My Name, Receives Me”

Children will play a prominent role in the Gospels of the next three Sundays (and trust in the next five). This week, Jesus uses children as the example of what receiving one in my name means. Next week, we will be warned it would be better to be...

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Humanae Vitae — ‘Who Do You Say That I Am?’

The authority we acknowledge in or attribute to a person or an institution is normally associated with identity: who or what they are defines their authority. Indeed, whom or what we acknowledge someone or something to be is usually the central...

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Dear USCCB: We Need to Talk About Burials and Cremation

Although I fully expect that the USCCB’s fall General Assembly this November in Baltimore will be consumed with the clerical sexual abuse scandal (and remain amazed that, given the depth of this sordid scandal, the bishops are sitting around for...

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Hearing and Speaking the Truth of Humanae Vitae

In today’s Gospel, Jesus cures a man who is deaf and suffering from a speech impediment. Jesus prays over him, “Ephphatha—be opened!” and the man gains the capacity to hear and to speak. Indeed, he’s so good at speaking that, despite Jesus’...

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Humanae Vitae and the Two Sides of Human Acts

This Sunday’s readings remind us there are the two sides to every human act: what we do and why we do it. Those two sides (and circumstances) must go together for an act to be good: we have to do the right thing and do it for the right reasons....

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Cooperation, Corporations, Conscience and Cant

“Cooperation” is a useful category in Catholic moral theology to address actions having moral aspects and involving others. Cooperation can be formal or material. The former entails agreement with an act: “I want to do this.” The latter deals...

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Humanae Vitae — Where Shall We Go?

For the past four weeks, the Church has read from John 6, Jesus’ teaching about Communion, the Eucharist. She wraps that extended study today. For the past four weeks, we explored the meaning of communion as it relates to giving of human life,...

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Here’s What Arizona Wants to Do With Frozen Embryos

Catholic circles generally marked July 25 as the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae vitae. That anniversary overshadowed another, no less important one: it was the 40th birthday of Louise Brown, the first...

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Eucharist, Parenthood, Communion of Persons

Last week, in the context of Jesus’ ongoing Eucharistic teaching, we looked at the communion of persons which constitutes marriage. While marriage is a distinct institution, with its own identity, rights and duties, in real-life marriage...

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Marriage, Holy Eucharist and the Communion of Persons

In this 19th week of Ordinary Time, we have reached the midpoint of John’s Eucharistic catechesis. Three Sundays ago, Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes, reminding us of God’s providential care for even the human needs of his disciples. Two...