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Moral Theology/Ethics Academic Area

Moral theology is the branch of Christian theology that focuses on the human response to the Christian revelation. It is studied in conversation with Scripture and tradition, as well as with other disciplines such as philosophy, religious studies, politics, law, medicine, and the social and behavioral sciences. Our programs are designed to provide men and women with advanced training in Christian ethics in order to prepare them for effective teaching, research, and publication. Students may focus their research in various branches of ethics - e.g., social and political, environmental, comparative, biomedical, sexual and familial, feminist, developmental, or virtue theory. The degrees offered also aim to impart an overall understanding of the Catholic moral tradition, its sources, and historical development as well as contemporary methodological expressions and debates.

Have Questions?

We've got answers! Contact Dr. John Grabowski, the Area Director for Moral Theology and Ethics at or 202-319-6509.


Moral Theology and Ethics Faculty


       John Grabowski                     William Barbieri                    Joseph Capizzi

            Area Director,                   Associate Professor                      Professor

      Associate Professor


         Paul Scherz                            David Cloutier                    David Elliot

  Associate Professor                    Associate Professor             Assistant Professor


 Emeritus Faculty

Brian Johnstone
Retired Professor