John Grondelski

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Some Thoughts on the New Urbanism

One of the pleasures of reviewing books for The National Catholic Register is that it often introduces me to subjects about which I might not otherwise read. Case-in-point: about 15 years ago, I reviewed Philip Bess’s Till We Have Built...

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This Sunday’s Readings Tell us About a Humble God

The readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 9) tell us about a humble God. Elijah the prophet hides in a cave on Mount Horeb (otherwise known as Mount Sinai). The First Reading doesn’t tell us the context: Elijah is on Mount Horeb...

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12 Baskets Teach One Important Truth About the Priesthood

This Sunday’s Gospel focuses on Jesus’ multiplication of the loaves and fishes to feed the hungry mass. The 5,000+ people who had followed Jesus needed to be fed, and Jesus tells his apostles to “give them some food yourselves.” Despairing of the...

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Reflections on Coronavirus and the Pontifical Academy for Life

The Pontifical Academy for Life’s July 22 paper on the new coronavirus has already been criticized in various quarters for its quasi-secular character — a Vatican document about a crisis that had at one point managed to shut down public...

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The Archbishop of Paris is Right: Humanae Vitae is Prophetic

Archbishop Michel Aupetit is a voice to listen to, not just because he is a bishop but because he is a practicing physician who brings rich medical experience with him. July 25 marks the 52nd anniversary of St. Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae...

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For the Next Three Sundays, the Gospels Teach of the Kingdom

For the next three Sundays, the Church’s Gospel will tap Chapter 13 of St. Matthew, which contains five parables about the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew, as a devout Jew, prefers to speak of the “Kingdom of Heaven” rather than the “Kingdom of...

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3 Important Takeaways from the Little Sisters’ Victory

The July 8 Supreme Court victory of the Little Sisters should be an occasion to rejoice for Catholics, pro-lifers and all people of good will who respect others’ consciences. Against a concerted push by the attorneys general of Pennsylvania and...

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The Blaine Amendment Ruling: A Glass Half Full?

Lots of Catholics were happy at the June 30 Supreme Court decision in Espinosa et al. v. Montana Department of Revenue, striking down the Blaine Amendment to the Montana State Constitution. It is cause for happiness, but perhaps a happiness that...

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Religious Freedom Inside the Church

“Beginning June 22, the Feast of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher,” says the announcement, “the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrates Religious Freedom Week. Join us in promoting religious freedom For the Good of All.” This...

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Fathers as Specimens

“Appalling,” “stunningly depraved,” and “twisted” were among the social media comments on a new “reality” TV show, Labor of Love. The program, according to press reports, is modeled on series like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette but takes the...