John Grondelski

Since You Can’t Take It With You

My wife, Dorotka, enjoys watching programs about real estate and houses. A sub-genre of those programs is old houses, and the treasures to be found in attics, especially (but not only) in the attics of hoarders. Attics have ceased to be an...

Do We Really Believe ‘the Children are Our Future?’

Whitney Houston told us in song, back in 1985, that “I believe the children are our future.” In doing so, she joined a long line of people, starting in Antiquity and running through George Benson (from whom Houston got the song), that recognized...

The Amazing, Little-Known Story of 11 Nuns of Nowogródek, Martyred by Nazis 76 Years Ago Today

Nuns have often been called “brides of Christ,” referring to their mystical espousal of the Lord, often symbolized by their receiving wedding rings (think St. Catherine of Siena) at their final profession of vows. Today, I want to share the...

Illusions Aside, Nobody Marries Alone

“Super easy,” was how one practitioner described getting married under the District of Columbia’s “self-officiant” marriage procedures. Self-officiant weddings are ceremonies in which one of the parties getting married also acts as the...

NYTimes Asks Questions About Sex That JPII Answered

Katelyn Beaty in the June 17 New York Times laments what she describes as baneful effects of the “purity culture” promoted among American Protestant Evangelicals in the 1990s and early 2000s. “Purity culture” was “a term … that stressed the...

Irreligion, Sexual Abuse and Sacrilege

Over at Commonweal, Boston College theology and law professor Cathleen Kaveny tries to obfuscate the meaning of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s recent letter

The Supreme Court and Another Kind of ‘Habeas Corpus’

The United States Supreme Court used its most recent abortion case, Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, to split the difference: it upheld part of an Indiana law May 28 regulating the disposal of fetal remains after abortion, but...

Who’s Afraid of Arabic Numerals?

Mustafa Akyol’s June 4 op-ed at The New York Times (“Who’s Afraid of Arabic Numerals?”) was intended to combat Arabo-/Islamo-phobia while highlighting the contributions medieval Arabic culture made to world civilization. Too bad it reinforces...

Do We Need “Sundays After Pentecost?”

In the previous Roman Calendar, the Sundays that we now call the second part of “Ordinary Time” used to be called “Sundays after Pentecost.” With the reform of the Roman Calendar in 1969, Ordinary Time now begins on the Monday after Pentecost...

The First Amendment Protects Religion, Not Neutrality

On June 20, the United States Supreme Court ruled, in American Legion et al. v. American Humanist Association et al. that a 94-year old cross memorializing local fallen World War I soldiers and standing on public land in Bladensburg, Maryland,...