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David McCarthy
David Matzko McCarthy Ph.D.
Fr. James M. Forker Professor of Catholic Social Teaching
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Ph.D., Duke University
M.Div., Duke University
B.A., High Point University



Dr. McCarthy is the Fr. James M. Forker Professor of Catholic Social Teaching. He started teaching at the Mount in 1998, and he has taught a variety of courses in the theology department and the University's Veritas Program (the core curriculum).

Areas of Study

Catholic Social Teaching, Moral Theology, Theology and Film


Saving the World and Healing the Soul: Action and Romance in Film. With Kurt Blaugher. Eugene: Cascade, forthcoming 2016.
The Death Penalty and Discipleship. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2016.

Sharing God's Good Company: A Theology of the Communion of Saints. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.

The Good Life: Genuine Christianity for the Middle Class. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2004.

Sex and Love in the Home: A theology of the household. 2nd Edition. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2004. 

Books, Editor
Editor with Trudy Conway and Vicki Schieber, Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013. (Awarded First Place, Faithful Citizenship category, 2014 Catholic Press and Book Awards)

Editor, The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching: Its Origins and Contemporary Significance. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2009.

Editor with M. Therese Lysaught, Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans /London: SCM Press, 2007. (Awarded Third Place in Theology by the Catholic Press Association in 2008)

Journal Editor
Editor in Chief, Journal of Moral Theology,

Issue Editor, “Love, Redemption, Vocation, and the Church,” vol. 4, no. 2 (June 2015).
Issue Editor, “Technology,” Journal of Moral Theology, vol. 4, no. 1 (January 2015).

Issue Editor, "Christology," Journal of Moral Theology, vol. 2, no. 1 (January 2013).

Issue Editor, "Love," Journal of Moral Theology, vol. 1, no. 2 (June 2012).

Articles in Juried Publications
“Craft as a Place of Knowing in Natural Law,” with Charles Pinches, Studies in Christian Ethics, vol. 29, no. 2 (May 2016).
“Natural Law and Our Contemporary Institutions,” with Charles Pinches, Political Theology, vol. 16, no. 5 (September 2015), 442-62.

"Natural Law and the Language of Love," Journal of Moral Theology vol. 1, no. 2 (June 2012), 115-46.

"Moral Theology in the Ruins," Journal of Moral Theology vol. 1, no. 1 (January 2012), 1-21.

"Scripture and Ethics: Bearings From Balthasar," Communio vol. 36, no. 1 (Spring 2009), 92-116.

"Human Rights and Pluralism in Catholic Social Thought," New Blackfriars vol. 90, no. 1025 (January 2009), 72-89.

"Two Households," in Marriage, Readings in Moral Theology No. 15, edited by Charles E. Curran and Julie Hanlon Rubio (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2009), 211-37.

"An Overwhelming Desire for Home," Proceedings of the Sixty-Third Annual Convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America (Catholic Theological Society of America, 2008), 57-70.

"Selective Conscientious Objection and Just War Theory," Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal in Philosophy vol. 14, no. 1/2 (Spring/Summer 2007), 41-62.

"Justice and the Institution of Marriage," INTAMS Review (International Academy for Marital Spirituality) vol. 11, no. 1 (Spring 2005), 54-66.

"War is its Own Justification," with Jennifer A. Lucas, Political Theology vol. 6, no. 2 (April 2005), 165-92.

"Shifting Settings From Subculture to Pluralism: Catholic Moral Theology in an Evangelical Key," Communio vol. 31, no. 1 (Spring 2004), 85-110.

"Moral Theology with the Saints," with James Keating, Modern Theology vol. 19, no. 2 (April 2003), 203-19.

"Foot's Natural Goodness and the Good of Nature," New Blackfriars vol. 83, no. 972 (March 2002), 108-19.

"Habits of Holiness: The Ordering of Moral-Mystical Living," with James Keating. Communio vol. 28, no. 4 (Winter 2001), 820-42.

"Conscience: a Richer Moral Language," Josephinum Journal of Theology vol. 8, no. 1 (Spring 2001), 43-53.

"Sexual Utterances and Common Life," Modern Theology vol. 16, no. 4 (October 2000), 443-460.

"Procreation, the Development of Peoples, and the Final Destiny of Humanity," Communio vol. 24, no. 4 (Winter 1999), 698-721.

"The Performance of the Good: Ritual Action and the Moral Life," Pro Ecclesia vol. 7, no. 2 (Spring 1998), 199-215.

"Autonomy, Hospitality, and Nursing Care," Journal of Religion and Health vol. 35, no. 4 (1997), 283-94.

"Veritatis Splendor: Conscience and Following Christ," Studies in Christian Ethics vol. 8, no. 2 (October 1995), 36-53.

"Postmodernism, Saints, and Scoundrels," Modern Theology vol. 9, no. 1 (January 1993), 19-36.

Essays and Chapters in Books/Anthologies
“‘If I don’t go in that office every day, who am I?’—Working Men in Mad Men,” in “The Universe Is Indifferent:” Theology, Philosophy, and Mad Men, edited by Jacob L. Goodson and Ann W. Duncan (Eugene: Cascade Books, 2016).

"Catholic Social Teaching," in Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology, edited by Lewis Ayres (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

"Sexual Communication and Institutional Dysfunction," in Corners in the City of God, edited by Jonathan Tran and Myles Werntz (Eugene: Cascade Books, 2013), 76-94.

"Carrying on with Family," in Unsettling Arguments: A Festschrift in Honor of Stanley Hauerwas's 70th Birthday, edited by Charles Collier, Charles Pinches, and Kelly Johnson (Eugene: Cascade Books, 2010), 210-228.

"Cohabitation and Marriage," in Leaving and Coming Home: New Wineskins for Catholic Sexual Ethics, edited by David Cloutier (Eugene: Cascade Books, 2010), 119-43.

"Living the Dream: The Marriage Ideal as a Practical Problem," in Love One Another: Catholic Perspectives on Sustaining Marriage, edited by Timothy Muldoon and Cynthia Dobrzynski (New York: Crossroad, 2010), 46-56.

"Modern Economy and Social Order," in The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching, edited by David M. McCarthy (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2009), 129-40.

"Work in Catholic Social Teaching," in Choices, 8th Edition, edited by Roberta L. McFadden (Acton, MA: Copley Publishing, 2007), 246-65.

"Catholic Moral Theology," in Blackwell Companion to Catholicism, edited by James J. Buckley, Frederick C. Bauerschmidt, and Trent Pomplun (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), 354-70.

"The Course of Moral Thinking," in Gathered for the Journey, edited by M. Therese Lysaught and David McCarthy (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans/London: SCM, 2007), 1-21.

"Jesus Christ, Scripture, and Ethics," in Gathered for the Journey, edited by M. Therese Lysaught and David McCarthy (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans/London: SCM, 2007), 43-67.

"Natural Law, Law and Freedom," with Dana Dillon, in Gathered for the Journey, edited by M. Therese Lysaught and David McCarthy (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans/London: SCM, 2007), 163-76.

"The Gospels Embodied: Lives of Saints and Martyrs," in The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels, edited by Stephen C. Barton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 224-44.

"Love in Fundamental Moral Theology," in Moral Theology: New Directions and Fundamental Issues, edited by James Keating (New York: Paulist Press, 2004), 181-206.

"Becoming One Flesh: Marriage, Remarriage, and Sex," in The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics, edited by Stanley Hauerwas and Samuel Wells (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004), 276-88.

"Generational Conflict: Continuity and Change," in Growing Old in Christ, edited by Stanley Hauerwas, et al. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2003), 226-46.

"Christ's Body in its Fullness: Resurrection and the Lives of the Saints," in Resurrection Reconsidered, edited by Gavin D'Costa (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 1996), 102-17.

Shorter Articles, Radio Interviews, and Book Reviews
"Norms," in Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, edited by Joel Green, et al. (Grand Rapids: Baker House, 2011), 553-4.

"Truthfulness, Truth-Telling," in Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, edited by Joel Green, et al. (Grand Rapids: Baker House, 2011), 795-7.

Review of The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought, by Brent Waters. Modern Theology vol. 25, no. 1 (January 2009), 139-41.

Review of Christian Attitudes to Marriage: from ancient times to the third millennium, by Peter Coleman. Scottish Journal of Theology vol. 61 no 4 (2008), 505-6.

Review of Divine Likeness: Toward a Trinitarian Anthropology of the Family, by Marc Cardinal Ouellet. Modern Theology vol. 23, no. 4 (October 2007), 629-31.

"Living the Dream," C21 Resources (The Church in the 21st Century Center, Boston College), Fall 2007, 17-18.

Review of Human Rights and the Image of God, by Roger Ruston, Modern Theology vol. 23, no. 1 (January 2007), 142-4.

Review of Loves Me, Loves Me Not: The Ethics of Unrequited Love, by Laura A. Smit. Reviews in Theology and Religion vol. 13, no. 3 (Spring 2006), 428-9.

Radio interview, with David Swartz, In the Word program, WRDT, Detroit MI, March 4, 2004, 2:00-3:00pmEST.

Radio interview, with Bill Feltner, His People program, Pilgrim Radio Network (stations in Nevada, Wyoming, and Montana), February 24, 2004, 2:30-3:00pmEST.

"The Ascetic American Dream," Christianity Today (web only), May 10, 2004, Radio interview, with Dick Staub, The Dick Staub Show, KGNW, Seattle WA, May 5, 2004, 3:05-3:40pmEST.

"When is War Just?" CEM Center Online: The Catholic Education Ministries Center of Central Maryland. June 3, 2003, www.centralmdcatholic.

Review of Sexing the Trinity, by Gavin D'Costa. Modern Theology vol. 19, no. 4 (October 2003), 583-5.

Church Membership: An Introduction to the Journey, with John McFadden. The Ekklesia Project, Pamphlet, no. 5. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2002.

Review of Living Together and Christian Ethics, by Adrian Thatcher. Theology and Sexuality vol. 9, no. 1 (September 2002), 123-4.

Review of Heroism and the Christian Life: Reclaiming Excellence, by Brian Hook and R. R. Reno. Modern Theology vol. 17, no. 4 (October 2001), 526-7.

Preparing for Christian Marriage, with John McFadden. The Ekklesia Project, Pamphlet, no. 2. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2001.

Review of Welcoming, But Not Affirming, by Stanley Grenz. The Christian Century vol. 116 (October 13, 1999), 975-6.

Review of Sources of Christian Ethics, by Servais Pinckaers. Pro Ecclesia vol. 7 (Spring 1998), 249-50.

Review of Plurality and Christian Ethics, by Ian Markham. Pro Ecclesia vol. 5 (Fall 1996), 503-4.

Review of Cultural Pluralism and Moral Knowledge, ed. by Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, and Jeffrey Paul; Plurality and Christian Ethics, by Ian Markham, Postmodern Ethics, by Zygmunt Bauman. Religion and Literature vol. 27 (Autumn 1995), 117-19.

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