The Journal of Catholic Social Thought was founded in 2003 in support of a call by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to "integrate and to share the riches of the Church's social teaching in Catholic education and formation at every level" (Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, 1998).
Published twice annually by the Office for Mission and Ministry at Villanova University, the Journal of Catholic Social Thought features work from a variety of disciplines, including theology, philosophy, law and the social sciences, and address both social and political theory.
The journal gives preference to analyses of Catholic social thought and the dialogue with disciplines that inform Catholic social thought, as well as the ways in which Catholic social thought informs the dialogue on such issues as economic justice, the environment, human rights and racial equality.
Although the journal focuses on contributions arising out of the Judeo-Christian intellectual tradition, it welcomes submissions from any religious or political perspective that seeks to expand the dialogue on these important issues.
Articles that use empirical evidence to support or refute arguments and claims are welcome, although the journal is not intended as an outlet for primarily empirical studies.
The Journal of Catholic Social Thought is published for Villanova by the Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC), which also indexes it and makes the full text available for journal subscribers. Electronic subscriptions are available from the PDC. Print subscriptions are available from our Subscription Fulfillment Service in Hanover, PA.