The Catholic University of America

John Grabowski, Ph.D.
– Associate Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics



A native of the Midwest, Dr. Grabowski earned his B.A. in theology at the University of Steubenville and his Ph.D. at Marquette University.  For the last twenty four years he has been on the faculty of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he is currently an Associate Professor of Moral Theology with continuous tenure and the Director of the Moral Theology/ Ethics area.  He has also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies of Catholic University’s School of Theology and Religious Studies.  From 2005-2009 he served as a theological advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Marriage and Family.  He and his wife were appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope Benedict XVI in the fall of 2009 where they serve 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.

Dr. Grabowski has published widely in the areas of moral theology, marriage, sexuality, and bioethics.  His articles have appeared in scholarly journals as The Thomist, Studia Moralia, and the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly as well as popular journals such as America, Commonwealh, The Living Light, and Share the Word.  His book Sex and Virtue: An Introduction to Sexual Ethics was published by the Catholic University of America Press in August of 2003.  He also wrote the Foreword to the 1997 English edition of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Dr. Grabowski has also offered a variety of courses for adults, catechists, and lay ministers in the Washington area and has presented lectures and workshops at conferences across the United States.

Dr. Grabowski and his wife Claire have five children and reside in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6509
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Fundamental Moral Theology

  • Marriage

  • Sexual Ethics

  • Theological Anthropolgy

  • Virtue Theory

  • Gender Issues

Latest Publications

"Contraception, Sterilization, and Abortion and the Ethical and Religious Directives," in Moral Issues in Catholic Health Care, Kevin T. McMahon, ed. (Wynnewood, PA: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, 2004), 68-92.

"Natural Family Planning and Marital Spirituality," in Integrating Faith and Science through Natural Family Planning, Richard J. Fehring and Theresa Notare, eds. (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2004), 29-45.

"Called to Holiness: Spirituality for Families in the Light of Ecclesia in America," Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 5, no. 4 (Fall 2002): 75-95.


TRS 230: Character, Choice, and community

TRS 352: Christian Marriage and Family Life

TRS 630A: Foundations of Christian Moral Life

TRS 631: Christian Marriage and Family

TRS 732A: Sexuality, the Person, and Ethics

TRS 732F: Sex and Virtue

TRS 737: The Body in Theology

TRS 737B: The Virtues (MT/E Core #2)



Course Descriptions


Curriculum Vitae