Humanae Vitae at 55
The anniversary of an important encyclical of the 20th century has gone unnoticedBy John M. Grondelski | July 25th 2023 12:55 PM
Pope St. Paul VI’s encyclical on human life (not “birth control”), Humanae vitae, marks its 55th anniversary Tuesday, July 25. Yes, you can be pardoned if you -- like most people -- didn’t notice. Arguably one of the most important encyclicals of the 20th century, not just in terms of…READ FULL BLOG POST
Confusion or Obfuscation?
The Church cannot bless two people specifically in relation to a disordered couplingBy James Hanink | July 11th 2023 3:49 PM
Endless print and online controversy can be a bit much. News from inside the Vatican, for example, can yield TMI—too much information. Beware the perils of second-hand theological controversy. Still, there are times when one might offer a comment or three. Consider some recent remarks of the Argentine theologian and…READ FULL BLOG POST
Time, Weekends, & Childhood
The protective wall of childhood innocence is being breachedBy John M. Grondelski | June 14th 2023 1:16 PM
The Psalmist sings of praise and wisdom from an unexpected source: “out of the mouth of children and of babes” (8:2). Occasionally one can find another source: in advertisements. An ad seen this morning in the Washington Metro was headlined “Childhood Passes Faster Than a Weekend.” Don’t it? Perhaps I’m…READ FULL BLOG POST
Where Are the June Weddings?
Church teaching on marriage is attractive, but it requires talking about it. We're notBy John M. Grondelski | June 7th 2023 11:58 AM
Once upon a time, not too long ago, June used to be associated with marriage. People spoke of “June weddings.” But while Stevie Wonder might have just been calling to say “I love you,” there was something prescient in his lyric about “no wedding Saturday within the month of June.”…READ FULL BLOG POST