David Granfield

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The Reverend David Granfield (April 11, 1922 - July 31, 2010)[1][2] was a Roman Catholic priest in the Order of Saint Benedict, associated with Saint Anselm's Abbey in Washington, DC, and a Professor Emeritus at The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC. He is most well known as a canon lawyer for his exposition of the Catholic Church’s view on abortion.[3] His text on the inner experience of law continues to be a resource at many law schools.

He received the following degrees:A.B., 1944, College of the Holy Cross, LL.B., 1947, Harvard University, M.A., 1953, S.T.D., 1962, The Catholic University of America. He was a Professor at the Columbus School of Law from 1960 – 1995.



  • Domestic Relations. New York: Foundation Press, 1963. (with Philip A. Ryan)
  • The Abortion Decision. New York: Doubleday, 1969.
  • The Inner Experience of Law: A Jurisprudence of Subjectivity. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1988.
  • Heightened Consciousness: The Mystical Difference. New York: Paulist Press, 1991. ISBN 0-8091-3174-9


"Jurors, Jury Charges and Insanity." Catholic University Law Review 14 (January 1965): 1 (with Richard Arens and Jackwell Susman)


  1. ^ "David John Granfield". Genealogy bank. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "David J.K. Granfield Death Notice". The Washington Pos. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Catholic Culture Web site on Abortion