Call for Papers

“Catholic Social Teaching and the Financial Crisis”

“But it will be necessary above all to abandon a mentality in which the poor – as individuals and as peoples – are considered a burden, as irksome intruders trying to consume what others have produced.  The poor ask for the right to share in enjoying material goods and to make good use of their capacity for work, thus creating a world that is more just and prosperous for all.  The advancement of the poor constitutes a great opportunity for the moral, cultural and even economic growth of all humanity.”  (Centesimus Annus, 28)

How do we begin to discuss the justice of issues of the economy?  Do the contexts of the economy and the world financial markets reflect a commitment to the common good and the priority of the poor in our social, political and economic structures?  As we read “the signs of the times,” this call for papers invites contributions that address the application of Catholic social teaching to the following concerns:

  • Justice and injustice in the markets;
  • Constructive elements of new, transformative models of the market system;
  • An economy that works for the common good;
  • The Housing crisis related to banking models/subprime loan scandals/foreclosure by illegal and unfair practices;
  • The proper role of government in financial crises;
  • The need for enhanced financial regulation;
  • Inequality and financial crises;
  • The financial system and the poor; the “Unbanked” and use of non-traditional credit institutions, payday loan companies, and lease-to-buy arrangements;
  • The lack of affordable housing, housing practices and policies for the poor, subprime mortgages, etc.;
  • The use of austerity measures in the face of depressed economies;
  • The student debt crisis;
  • The widespread unemployment crisis and its effects on personal lives, families and communities.

To be considered for publication:

  • Papers are solicited with a first right of refusal for publication in the Journal of Catholic Social Thought.
  • Papers must be original work not yet published and not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Forward one paper copy of the manuscript, preferably an electronic file in Microsoft Word (doc) format.
  • Electronic files may be forwarded by regular mail or directly as email attachments.

Papers must be submitted by November 1, 2014 to Executive Editor:

For more information about submissions, see: