John Grabowski

Academic Areas

  • Historical and Systematic Theology
  • Moral Theology/Ethics
  • School

  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Expertise

  • Fundamental Moral Theology
  • Marriage
  • Sexual Ethics
  • Theological Anthropology
  • Virtue Theory
  • Gender Issues
  • Biography

    A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Grabowski earned his B.A. in theology at the University of Steubenville and his Ph.D. at Marquette University.  For the last thirty years he has been on the faculty of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he is currently Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology/ Ethics.  He and his wife were appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope Benedict XVI in the fall of 2009 where they served as a member couple.  He has served two terms as a theological advisor to the U.S.C.C.B. Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, and Youth and one term as an advisor to the subcommittee which produced the Pastoral Letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan (2009).  In 2015 he was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as an expert (adiutor) at the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

    Dr. Grabowski has published widely in the areas of moral theology, marriage, sexuality, and bioethics.  His articles have appeared in scholarly journals as Nova et Vetera, The Thomist, The Heythrop Journal, and the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly as well as more popular publications such as America, Commonweal, The Living Light, and Our Sunday Visitor.  His books include Sex and Virtue: An Introduction to Sexual Ethics (CUA Press, 2003), Transformed in Christ: Essays on the Renewal of Moral Theology (Sapientia Press, 2017), One Body:  A Program of Marriage Formation for the New Evangelization with Claire Grabowski (Emmaus Road Press, 2018), A Catechism for Family Life with Sarah Bartel (CUA Press, 2018), and Raising Catholic Kids for Their Vocations with Claire Grabowski (TAN, 2019).

    Dr. Grabowski has lectured and presented at conferences across the United States.  He and his wife Claire are regular guests on Greg and Lisa Popcak’s radio show More 2 Life on EWTN.  They have five children, six grandchildren, and reside in the Archdiocese of Washington.

    Publications

    • Raising Catholic Kids for Their Vocations

      Raising Catholic Kids for Their Vocations

      Raising Catholic Kids for Their Vocations

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    • A Catechism for Family Life

      A Catechism for Family Life

      A Catechism for Family Life: Insights from Catholic Teaching on Love, Marriage, Sex, and Parenting

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    • One Body

      One Body

      One Body: A Program of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment for the New Evangelization

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    • Transformed in Christ

      Transformed in Christ

      Transformed in Christ: Essays on the Renewal of Moral Theology

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    • Sex and Virtue

      Sex and Virtue

      Sex and Virtue: An Introduction to Sexual Ethics

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