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

Editorial Board

Editor emeritus and university liaison

David M. McCarthy, Ph.D.
Mount St. Mary’s University


Jason King, Ph.D.
Saint Vincent College

Senior editor

William J. Collinge, Ph.D.
Mount St. Mary’s University

Associate editor

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

Managing editor

Kathy Criasia
Mount St. Mary’s University

Book review editors

Kent Lasnoski, Ph.D.
Wyoming Catholic College

Christopher McMahon, Ph.D.
Saint 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.

How to Submit Articles

To submit an article, please go to The Journal of Moral Theology submission page.

For submission, you will need the following information.

  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
  6. A list of key words for the document.

Manuscripts should meet the following criteria:

  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 (which is an adaptation of the Chicago Manual of Style for the humanities).
  3. It should be in Microsoft Word.
  4. It should not be simultaneously considered for publication in another venue.

Topical Issues

Within most issues is a topic section. These sections come from invited papers and open submissions. Topical Issues are sometimes published as special issues.

Current Call for Papers

Call for papers for a special issue devoted to honoring the work of Paul Wadell

The Journal of Moral Theology is looking for papers for a special issue devoted to honoring and engaging the work of Paul Wadell, who has announced his plan to retire from St Norbert College in May 2019. This call is open until January 1, 2020.

Topics should relate to Paul Wadell’s contributions on Saint Thomas Aquinas, virtue ethics (and/or the vices), liturgy and ethics, literature and ethics, friendship, happiness, discipleship, moral education and pedagogy, war and peace, mentoring, spirituality, etc. All papers are peer-reviewed by the journal.

Please send submissions to Tobias Winright, the guest editor. Any questions regarding submissions should be directed toward him as well.

Submission information can be found on the Journal of Moral Theology website. Accepted papers would appear in the June 2020 issue of the journal.

The journal is a print journal but also online and open access. Thus, it is available to readers from around the world. More information on the journal and previous issues can be found on the website of the Journal of Moral Theology. Previously published essays can also be found on the Journal of Moral Theology site.

JMT Editorial Board

Name Affiliation
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
Matthew Gaudet, Ph.D. Santa Clara University
Mari Rapela Heidt, Ph.D. Notre Dame of Maryland University
Kelly Johnson, Ph.D. University of Dayton
Andrew Kim, Ph.D. Marquette University
Warren Kinghorn, M.D., Th.D. Duke University
Ramon Luzarraga, Ph.D Benedictine University
William C. Mattison III, Ph.D. The University of Notre Dame
Matthew Shadle, Ph.D. Marymount University
Joel Shuman, Ph.D. Kings 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
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Journal of Moral Theology is published by Mount St. Mary’s University. ISSN 2166-2851 (print) ♦ ISSN 2166-2118 (online)