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-five 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 have 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) and Transformed in Christ: Essays on the Renewal of Moral Theology (Sapientia Press, 2017).  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 at conferences across the United States.


He and his wife Claire have five children, two grandchildren, 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

"Catechesis and Moral Theology: Toward a Renewed Understanding of Christian Experience,” Nova et Vetera  13:2 (2015): 459-87 

"Familiaris Consortio:  Anniversary Edition, With Commentary," by John & Claire Grabowski.  Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 2015

“And So He Revealed His Glory: Cana and the Sacramentality of Marriage.” The Thomist 78:1 (2014):37-63.

"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

“The Luminous Excess of the Acting Person:  Assessing the Impact of Pope John  Paul II on American Catholic Moral Theology.”  Journal of Moral Theology 1, no. 1 (2012):  116-47.



HSTR 101:  God's Word in Human Words

TRS 335: Christian Marriage and Family Life

TRS 430B:  Special Topics in Moral Theology/Ethics

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



Course Descriptions


Curriculum Vitae