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January issues are topical. 
Topical issues are listed below to encourage submissions.
June issues are general, open to essays on a variety of topics.

The deadline for topical issues is June 15 in the calendar year before the issue date (e.g. June 15, 2018 for the January 2019 issue).
Submissions for open issues are welcome at any time. If accepted they will be published in earliest available issue.

For information, please contact the Gloria Balsley, the managing editor,

Open Issues

June each year:
Submissions are accepted at any time.

Topical Issues


Volume 5, Number 1
January 2016
Editors: Miguel J Romero and David Matzko McCarthy
Deadline: June 15, 2015

Our aim with this issue of JMT is to gather substantive theological engagements on the moral significance and the moral implications of human disability. As you may know, one challenging feature of contemporary theological and philosophical scholarship on disability is the ambiguity of the term “disability.” For that reason and for the sake of methodological rigor, we are hoping for theological treatments of human disability that artfully engage and/or implicitly observe fundamental moral considerations (i.e., Christian anthropology, moral psychology, human acts, sin, affliction, natural law, freedom, grace, etc.). From that disciplinary perspective, we are looking for imaginative contributions and provocative interventions in Catholic moral theology that might also enrich the interdisciplinary field of “disability studies.” 

Populorum Progressio: 50 Years

Volume 6, Number 1
January 2017
Editors: Mari Rapela Heidt and Matthew A. Shadle
Deadline: June 15, 2016

The issue will appear on the fiftieth anniversary of Populorum progressio. It will include articles on the historical background of the encyclical, an analysis of its account of economic development, Populorum progressio's application to contemporary issues, and its connection to subsequent encyclicals, especially Solicitudo rei socialis and Caritas in veritate.

Children, the Market, Youth Culture, and Moral Formation

Volume 7, Number 1
January 2018
Editor: Jason King and David M. McCarthy
Deadline: June 15, 2017

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?

Volume 8, Number 1
January 2019
Editors: Rachelle Barina and Tobias Winright
Deadline: June 15, 2018

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. Authors might consider: What is the mission of Catholic health care institutions in the 21st century? Can Catholic health care organizations sustain that mission? Would their mission be better achieved if Catholic health care forfeited its current form and took on a radically new shape? What counts as adequate care for the poor and vulnerable? To what degree does the provision of charity care or community benefit justify profit-seeking decisions? Of what relevance are employees' beliefs and religiosity for the identity of Catholic health care organizations? 

Sports Culture, Culture and Sports

Volume 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).

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