John Grondelski

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Wanted: Better Homily and Communications Training for Priests

The episcopal shutdown of public celebration of the Mass in the United States has put focus on what might be called “palliative pastoral care” to address the faithful’s inaccessibility to “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen...

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4 Lessons from Our Lord’s ‘Au Revoir’

“You are here to say goodbye to us, and we don’t have a good word for it in English. The best is ‘au revoir’ – we’ll see you again.” —Richard M. Nixon, Farewell to White House Staff, Aug. 9, 1974   Parting with someone is hard. There are...

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Let’s Celebrate the Vigil of Pentecost

As we approach the end of May, some dioceses have begun to remove the nationwide moratorium on celebration of public Masses. Week by week, a few dioceses are resuming Sunday Masses. May 31 is the Solemnity of Pentecost, among the three most...

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On the 100th Birthday of St. John Paul II

Monday, May 18, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Karol Józef Wojtyła, a boy who would grow up to become Pope John Paul II 58 years later. There will undoubtedly be numerous articles about the significance of his life; permit me to share...

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Valuing Ordinary People and Ordinary Lives

Ordinary People was a 1980 film about a “typical” (i.e., upper middle class) Midwestern family that falls apart after one son dies accidentally and the other attempts suicide. It focuses attention on “what could happen to us all,” even in the...

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The Deconstruction of Motherhood

Today is Mother’s Day. According to the old saw, “motherhood, apple pie, and baseball” are among the most beloved and uncontroversial things out there. Hallmark (and the USPS) sure hope so: lots of cards will be delivered this weekend, too. But...

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Plague Time Thoughts from Ingmar Bergman

For homebound Catholics during the current COVID-19 epidemic, watching movies may be one way of passing time. Steve Greydanus is the Register’s film critic, so I always welcome his suggestions. The Vatican, to mark the centennial of cinema in...

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A Defense of Consecration to Mary

It disturbs me that there persists a stubborn, anti-Marian streak among certain contemporary Catholic theologians, who often try to find justification for their anti-Marian animus in the documents or, more often, the “spirit” of Vatican...

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The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker: On the Priority of Labor

May 1 is the Optional Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker. It coincides in many parts of the world with May as “International Labor Day,” a communist-inspired observance, given that communism purported to be the advocate of the worker. Work is an...

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Harvard Mag’s Anti-Parent Broadside Needs Vigorous Response

Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Bartholet’s comments branding homeschooling, in an Arizona Law Review as rife with “danger” and full of “risks” hit the mainstream press recently, perhaps because of a summary in her university’s alumni magazine....