John M. Grondelski

John M. Grondelski (Ph.D., Fordham) is a former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. All views expressed herein are his own.

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The Normalization of Sterility

Today is “World Vasectomy Day.” What do roaming vans offering fast, local sterilization tell us about how far our culture has fallen?

The Grave Evil of “Recomposting”

There is a movement to promote “recomposting” humans after death, but this process inherently devalues the human person by actively choosing to break down the difference between a person and a thing.

Three Months of Dangerous Holidays

Columbus Day started an almost three-month cultural flagellation feast for liberals which continues through Thanksgiving, reaches a peak at Christmas, and culminates in January 6th.

You Cannot Serve God and Mammon

Mammon is properly not “served” but “used.” It is a thing. It serves a purpose: acquiring goods that better human life. If we “use” mammon for that purpose, it’s good; if we “serve” mammon, we make a tool which should be our servant our master.

When Did John Lose His Head?

Some nominal Catholics want it both ways: acquiescing in, if not promoting, the contemporary ethic while having some sentimental moments about old John the Baptist.

Another Win for Religious Freedom

Kennedy v. Bremerton School District represents another victory for religious freedom and pushes back against the idea that religion must be invisible in the United States.

A Win for Religious Freedom

The Supreme Court’s in Carson v. Makin, striking down Maine’s ban on tuition reimbursement for certain high school students continues the Court’s efforts to roll back false understandings of the First Amendment.

How Men “Benefit” From Abortion

Pro-lifers have always maintained that, far from “liberating” women, Roe liberated men to follow their most base sexual instincts while sloughing the outcome on to women and on any child that is conceived.

The Visitation and the Personhood of the Unborn

As abortion increasingly roils American public life, the feast of the Visitation refutes the false prophets within Christianity, and unfortunately even Catholicism, who claim that support for abortion and Christianity are compatible.

Make Catholicism Penitential Again

Repentance is not a sometime dimension of the Church’s message, occasionally trotted out at Lent and maybe in a raging pandemic. It is an essential, everyday message of the Church.

Restore Year-Round Friday Abstinence

The 1966 bishops’ decision to drop Friday abstinence hasn’t borne fruit. Like the barren fig tree, there seems to be good reason to cut it down and clear the ground.  

McMansions With Nobody in Them

Bigger and newer housing means higher purchase costs and property taxes, which encumber a greater proportion of a family’s income for basic needs, squeezing out lower income families.

Elio’s Pickle

If restaurants are also public health gatekeepers, can they demand my cholesterol numbers before I can order spaghettini primavera? Have me weigh in before that slice of molten chocolate cake?

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Anyplace but Home for the Holidays

Our Elites tell us that we should be grateful that COVID has broken our imposed familial bonds at the holidays. But our Faith reminds of how important being together with family is.

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’Tis the Season to Be Guilty

British polemicist Thomas Macaulay said, in criticism of the Puritans, that they “hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.” The Puritans were practically a comedy club next to any contemporary “Progressive.” As we enter the season of “winter holidays” (can’t say “Thanksgiving” and especially … Read more

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