Washington D.C., Feb 6, 2018 / 09:55 am
A longtime friend of distinguished theologian Germain Grisez will celebrate the scholar's funeral Tuesday, at St. Anthony Shrine Roman Catholic Church in Emmitsburg, Md. Grisez died Feb. 1, at the age of 88.
Grisez was professor emeritus at the Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, and the author of dozens of books and articles. He was widely regarded as an astute and original ethicist and moral theologian, and a vocal defender of Pope Paul VI's Humanae Vitae.
Father Peter Ryan, SJ, a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, met Grisez after his brother, Bill Ryan, was taught by the scholar at Georgetown University. The men developed a friendship while Fr. Ryan was studying theology in Rome, and the friendship became a relationship of scholarly collaboration.
"The Lord saw fit to give me many years of friendship and close collaboration with Germain," Ryan said. "It's been a real blessing."