John Grondelski

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Thoughts on the Methodist Split

News emerged Jan. 3 that the United Methodist Church (UMC) would be united no more: the denomination was going to disunite into two smaller sects, one called “traditionalist.” The split comes because Methodists last February voted at their St....

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Virginia’s ERA Push Could End in Disaster for All of Us

The Virginia General Assembly convenes for its new session Wednesday. Democrats are feeling their oats: for the first time in a generation, they control the governorship and both chambers of the legislature. Governor Ralph Northam rode out the...

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Jerusalem’s Priorities — And Ours

The readings for Epiphany, especially Matthew’s Gospel, pose a paradox. We have two sets of protagonists. One is “Magi from the east,” essentially astronomer-astrologers who, guided by their observations of the Book of Nature and their assorted...

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An Apologia Pro Vita Mea — and an Invitation to Readers

As 2019 has come to an end, I want to begin 2020 with a few words of why I write these blogs, and to invite readers to tell me what concerns them. I write mostly in the field of moral theology, largely because it implicates what most people do...

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Is Advent a Penitential Season?

Anna Abbott’s Dec. 19 blog, “Advent: The Other Penitential Season” stirred me to write this blog, which readers at another online journal had encouraged me two years ago to produce. Is Advent a “penitential season?” Strictly, from the viewpoint...

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On Rules in Society

On a recent Saturday morning, taking the Metro into Washington, I sat opposite a mother with her little boy. The boy was about four or five, i.e., perhaps not yet able to read. But he wore a denim jacket, on the back of which was proudly...

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I Believe in Life Everlasting

Christian creeds end with an affirmation of life everlasting. The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, which we say ever Sunday at Mass, affirms that “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” The Apostles’...

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Why Modern Man Can’t Understand Heaven

When you stop and think about it, the message of Christianity ought to be galvanizing, enrapturing, appealing. God loved the universe into creation. Man, despite his rejection of love, i.e., by sin, warped that creation. But God did not abandon...

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Hell is Real. People Really Go There. Why Modern Man Can’t Understand This...

Hell has always been a difficult doctrine for some people. That’s why, throughout Christian history, some have tried to eliminate it. Even in patristic times, the Fathers contended with and rejected apocatastasis, the view that in the end,...

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A Judgment About the Communion of Persons

Death, judgment, hell and heaven are traditionally listed as the “four last things” on which that branch of theology called eschatology focuses. Eschatology gains particular prominence in the Church’s readings as her liturgical year winds down,...