John Grabowski, associate professor, moral theology, and his wife Claire, were interviewed for a story in Crux on Valentine’s Day and Amoris Laetitia. See below.
On Valentine’s Day, ‘The Joy of Love’ could be a lasting gift
Date: Feb. 13, 2017
Author: Mark Zimmerman
“I think Amoris Laetitia helps couples discover a more realistic and long-lasting love than the feelings of romance or passion that our culture fixates on at Valentine’s Day,” said John Grabowski, an associate professor in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America.
Grabowski, who serves as a theological adviser to the U.S. Catholic Conference Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth, was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as an expert at the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family. Amoris Laetitia was drawn from that synod and one in 2014 which examined Catholic teaching on marriage and family and the challenges facing today’s couples and families.
Since the apostolic exhortation was issued last year, much media attention has swirled around the controversy over whether it opens a door for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion, but Grabowski said that if Catholics would take the time to read the document slowly and carefully, it could “have a huge impact on couples and families.”
Grabowski and his wife Claire will mark their 32nd wedding anniversary this spring, and they have five children and two grandchildren. In 2009, the Grabowskis were appointed to the Pontifical Council of the Family as a member couple.
For about 25 years, they have been volunteering in parish marriage ministry. At their parish in Maryland, St. Ignatius of Loyola in Ijamsville, they help prepare engaged couples for marriage and lead a marriage formation program that this past fall drew 40 couples, including newlyweds and a couple that has been married for 50 years. ...
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