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Journal of Moral Theology

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.

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Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2019

Journal of Moral Theology is published semiannually, with January and July issues.

David M. McCarthy, Ph.D., Editor Emeritus and University Liaison
Mount St. Mary's University

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

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

William J. Collinge, Ph.D., Senior Editor
Mount St. Mary's University

Kathy Criasia, Managing Editor
Mount St. Mary's University

Kent Lasnoski, Ph.D., Book Review Editor
Wyoming Catholic College

Christopher McMahon, Ph.D., Book Review Editor
St. Vincent College

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JMT Article Submissions

If you have an idea for a special issue of The Journal of Moral Theology you may email the editor. Please be sure to include a paragraph describing your idea, the contact information of the people who would serve as editors for the issue, and a proposed timeline.

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.

How to Submit Articles

Submissions should include two documents:

The Manuscript

  1. It should be around 20-30 pages (approximately 9,000-14,000 words).
  2. It should be prepared for blind review and conform to the style guide for the Journal of Moral Theology (.pdf) (which is an adaptation of the Chicago Manual of Style for the humanities).
  3. It should be in Microsoft Word 2007 or newer file format.
  4. It should not be simultaneously considered for publication in another venue.

Cover Page

  1. This document should include the following items
    1. The title of the essay
    2. Author’s name and academic affiliation
    3. Author’s contact information, including email and mailing address
    4. A brief (3-5 sentence) bio to be used should the article be accepted
    5. A 150-200 word abstract of the manuscript

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, 2019 for the January 2020 issue).

Future Topical Issues

  • 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).

JMT Editorial Board

Jason King, Ph.D.
St. Vincent College

David M. McCarthy, Ph.D.
Editor Emeritus and University Liaison
Mount St. Mary's University

William J. Collinge, Ph.D.
Senior Editor
Mount St. Mary's University

Kathy Criasia
Managing Editor
Mount St. Mary's University

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

Mary M. Doyle Roche, Ph.D.
College of the Holy Cross

Mari Rapela Heidt, Ph.D.
Waukesha, Wisconsin

Kelly Johnson, Ph.D.
University of Dayton

Andrew Kim, Ph.D.
Marquette University

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

Kent Lasnoski, Ph.D.
Wyoming Catholic College

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

Ramon Luzarraga, Ph.D.
Benedictine University

Joel Shuman, Ph.D.
Kings College

William C. Mattison III, Ph.D.
The University of Notre Dame

Christopher McMahon, Ph.D.
St. Vincent College

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

Matthew Shadle, Ph.D.
Marymount University

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

Greg Zuschlag, Ph.D.
Oblate School of Theology

Paul Wadell, Ph.D.
St. Norbert College


Journal of Moral Theology is available full text in the ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials® (RDB®), a product of the American Theological Library Association, and also on EBSCO's database.

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

ISSN 2166-2851 (print) ♦ ISSN 2166-2118 (online)