John Grabowski , associate professor of theology, was interviewed for a story on the Pope's upcoming visit to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families. See below.

Pope says children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother

From: Washington Post Date: Nov. 17, 2017 Author: Michelle Boorstein

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Within an hour of the Vatican's announcement that the pope would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, hotels near his appearance sites reportedly were booked. Congressional leaders also have invited Francis to visit the U.S. Capitol and address a joint session of Congress.

Some pope-watchers said the United States - with its religiously diverse culture and large range of family types - is a perfect lab for Francis.

"Where is the place for those people?" theologian John Grabowski asked Monday of the divorced, single-parent, same-sex or otherwise untraditional family. "He wants to say it is in the church, because the church has to be a place for everyone. And in the United States, we have this interesting thing where there's a lot of engagement in religion, we have this ongoing debate about religion in public life and social experimentation about family, how to understand it. . . . He's trying to engage them."

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