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Journal of Moral Theology


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Vol. 6, no. 1 January 2017

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About the Journal

Journal of Moral Theology is a peer-reviewed scholarly publication focused on Catholic moral theology. It is concerned with contemporary issues as well as out deeply rooted tradition of inquiry about the moral life. We seek to publish articles in the field of moral theology, as well as theological treatments of related topics in philosophy, economics, political philosophy, and psychology. Journal of Moral Theology is published semiannually, with January and July issues.

Jason King, Ph.D.Editor
St. Vincent College

David M. McCarthy, Ph.D.Associate Editor
Mount St. Mary's University

Kathy CriasiaManaging Editor
Mount St. Mary's University

Julie Shenk, M.L.S., Librarian/Archivist
Mount St. Mary's University

Article Submissions

Articles published in the Journal of Moral Theology undergo at least two double blind peer reviews. Authors are asked to submit articles electronically to and will be informed about the review process by email.

Authors are asked to submit articles electronically to Submissions should be prepared for blind review and conform to Chicago Manual of Style regarding citations only. .docx (Microsoft Word 2007 and newer) file format is preferred with "normal" style selected. The editors assume that submissions are not being simultaneously considered for publication in another venue.

Submissions should be around 20-30 pages (approximately 9,000-14,000 words). 

For Authors:

Open Submissions

We accept open submissions, at any time, on any topic pertaining to moral theology. If accepted, open submission articles will appear in the earliest available open issue, published annually in June.

Topical Issues

Topical Issues are published annually in January. We invite submissions on these topics by June 15 in the calendar year before the issue date (e.g. June 15, 2018 for the January 2019 issue).

Future Topical Issues

  • Children, the Market, Youth Culture, and Moral Formation—Vol. 7, Number 1; January 2018
    The editorial board of the JMT believes that the topic of children/childhood ought to be given more attention in the disciple. We welcome a variety of approaches to the issues listed in the title of the volume.

  • Catholic Health Care: Mission Impossible?—Vol. 8, Number 1; January 2019
    In 1995, Richard McCormick suggested that the mission of Catholic health care was impossible and could not be authentically sustained. This issue looks at whether or not McCormick is correct. We invite articles about how and why Catholic health care institutions were founded, how they have changed, and what their future may hold.

  • Sports Culture, Culture and Sports—Vol. 9, Number 1; January 2020
    Sports is an important topic for moral theologians because it is an area of life that (a) almost all of us have interest in, (b) many people in our culture have interest in, (c) is enormously culturally influential, (d) consumes vast amounts of private and public funding, (e) has had countless recent crossover flashpoints, like the PSU-Sandusky sexual abuse scandal (with obvious parallels to the Church's scandal) and (f) has obvious points of contact with moral theology (e.g., think how often in teaching about virtue we analogize to sport).

Editorial Board

Jason King, Ph.D.,
St. Vincent College

David M. McCarthy, Ph.D.
Associate Editor
Mount St. Mary's University

Kathy Criasia
Managing Editor
Mount St. Mary's University

Melanie Barrett, S.T.D., Ph.D.
University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary

Jana M. Bennett, Ph.D.
University of Dayton

Mara Brecht, Ph.D.
St. Norbert College

Jim Caccamo, Ph.D.
St. Joseph's University

Meghan Clark, Ph.D.
St. John’s University

David Cloutier, Ph.D.
The Catholic University of America

Christopher Denny, Ph.D.
St. John's University

John J. Fitzgerald
St. John’s University

Mari Rapela Heidt, Ph.D.
Waukesha, Wisconsin

Kelly Johnson, Ph.D.
University of Dayton

Warren Kinghorn, M.D., Th.D.
Duke University

Kent Lasnoski, Ph.D.
Quincy University

John Love, S.T.D.
Mount St. Mary's Seminary

Ramon Luzarraga, Ph.D.
Benedictine University 

M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D.
Loyola University Chicago

William C. Mattison III, Ph.D.
The Catholic University of America

Christopher McMahon, Ph.D.
St. Vincent College

Joel Shuman, Ph.D.
Kings College

Matthew Shadle, Ph.D.
Marymount University

Msgr. Stuart Swetland, S.T.D.
Donnelly College

Christopher P. Vogt, Ph.D.
St. John’s University

Brian Volck, M.D.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Paul Wadell, Ph.D.
St. Norbert College

Greg Zuschlag, Ph.D.
Oblate School of Theology

Journal of Moral Theology is indexed in the ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (CPLI®), a product of the American Theological Library Association.

Journal of Moral Theology is published by Mount St. Mary’s University.

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