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

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The purpose of A Catechism for Family Life: Insights from Church Teaching on Love, Marriage, Sex, and Parenting is to present the teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to specific questions in marriage and family life. Many Catholics are under-catechized and have trouble both understanding and articulating Church teaching on sexuality and marriage to an increasingly challenging culture. Pope Francis, along with the fathers of the two recent Synods on the Family, have called for better formation for those who work in the area of marriage and family life (see Amoris Laetitia, 202).

To address this need, we gathered pertinent questions facing men, women, and pastoral workers in marriage and family life. We then found passages relevant to these questions by researching Church documents on marriage and family from the past one hundred years. These include papal encyclicals, apostolic exhortations, and addresses, Vatican II documents, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Mainstream media coverage of Church events and Church teaching leads many to misunderstand Catholic positions on marriage and family life. While the Catholic Church has developed a rich, detailed, and positive teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality, many Catholics do not have access to this teaching, buried as it is in lengthy Church documents which many find intimidating. Finding the relevant teaching to address specific questions is not always a simple task, either. This book’s main contribution is to present Church teaching relevant to marriage and family in one volume clearly organized by topic and question.

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About the Author:

Dr. John Grabowski is a native of Wisconsin and earned his B.A. in theology at the University of Steubenville and his Ph.D. at Marquette University. For the last twenty-six years he has been on the faculty of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he is currently Associate Professor of Moral Theology and the Director of the Moral Theology/Ethics Area. 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 is also currently serving as a theological advisor to the U.S.C.C.B. Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, and Youth. 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 popular journals such as America, Commonweal, The Living Light, and Share the Word. 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) and A Catechism for Family Life: Insights from Catholic Teaching on Love, Marriage, Sex, and Parenting with Sarah Bartel (CUA Press, 2018. He also wrote the Foreword to the 1997 English edition of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Dr. Grabowski has lectured and presented at conferences across the United States and beyond. He and his wife Claire have five children, three grandchildren, and reside in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

About the Interviewer:

Sara Perla is the Program Specialist for the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She is the host of the new USCCB podcast “Made for Love.” Sara attended the Catholic University of America and received her Masters degree in Theological Studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C. She is also a baker, a ballet dancer, and an avid listener of NPR podcasts.

 

 

 


Editorial Reviews:

“Will be helpful for students, dating/engaged couples and married couples, as well as being useful in high school and college classes, from marriage prep to ongoing enrichment and adult faith formation opportunities. Additionally, it will serve as a handy and trustworthy resource and reference for catechists, teachers, professors and pastoral leaders in the field of marraige and family ministry.” – Andrew Lichtenwalner, Executive Director of the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops”