Call for Papers

Catholic Social Teaching and Ecology

The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic social teaching calling us to care for creation and for "the least of these."

Laudato Si'' is a worldwide wake up call to help humanity understand the destruction that people are rendering to the environment and their communities. While addressing the environment directly, the document’s scope is broader in many ways as it looks at not only the individual’s effect on the environment, but also the many philosophical, theological, and cultural causes that threaten the relationships of each person to nature and each other in various circumstances.

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:

  • The current ecological crisis in the world;
  • The human roots of the ecological crisis;
  • Integral ecology;
  • Explication of methods, approaches and solutions to the crisis from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • Education and spirituality as means of responding to the ecological crisis.  

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 copy of the manuscript, preferably an electronic file in Microsoft Word format. Citations must be in footnote format.

Electronic files may be forwarded by regular mail or directly as email attachments.

Papers must be submitted by December 15, 2016 to Executive Editor:

For more information about submissions, see:

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Recent Conferences

Joseph T. McCullen Symposium
in Catholic Social Thought and the Law
Ministers of the Law: A Natural Law Theory of Legal Authority
Villanova University, Friday October 22, 2010

Catholic Social Teaching & World Poverty
Villanova University, March 21-22, 2011