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American Catholic Life and Thought

2024 Call for Papers

Justin Menno

Matthew Minix, Thomas More University


The American Catholic Life & Thought section welcomes any and all historically-informed papers addressing the 2024 convention theme “Vulnerability & Flourishing.” Nonetheless, this section especially encourages proposals based on the following topics:



·       Evaluations of how the category of “vulnerability” has developed in theology in conversation with ethics, law, and psychology in American Catholicism

·       Examinations of developments in the use of biblical warrants, especially those pertaining to the wounds of Christ, to discuss the category of vulnerability in theology in American Catholicism  

·       Analyses of how the category of flourishing has developed in moral theology and ecclesial teaching in American Catholicism

·       Assessments of the shift to rooting dignity in human flourishing in moral theology in American Catholicism

·       Examinations of how vulnerability has been uniquely expressed in popular practice in American Catholicism, including practices like devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the service of Viernes de Dolores


Proposals should be approximately 250-500 words in length, and include one’s institutional affiliation.  Please email your proposals to and by December 15, 2023.  Finally, feel free to email either of the co-conveners with any questions, comments, or concerns.   

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