Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Bioethics/Healthcare Topic Session

Administrative Team:
     Robert Doyle (Convener)
     Meghan Clark
     Tobias Winright

Convention Theme: Justice and Mercy

Session Description:
The Bioethics/Healthcare Session welcomes papers on any topic related to bioethics/healthcare and the convention theme of Justice and Mercy. James Keenan, SJ defines mercy as "entering into the chaos of another," how do we do this justly in situations of illness or health crisis? Global public health is one particular area where moral theology requires balancing justice and mercy in responding to emergencies and long term development. Since Justice and Mercy can have many meanings, papers should articulate clearly some connection between the convention theme and an issue in bioethics and healthcare.

This may include but are not limited to:

  • Access to healthcare as justice issue
  • The role of international agencies in health relief
  • Healthcare as a human right
  • Justice: in response to natural disasters (hurricanes or earthquakes) or epidemics (Ebola),
  • Long term health infrastructure,
  • Mercy in accompanying those suffering from long term degenerative illness (such as Alzheimer's, ALS, MS, etc),
  • Mercy and justice for persons with mental illness,
  • The connection between poverty and diabetes or other health risks,
  • Justice and mercy in light of HIV/AIDS,
  • Issues in healthcare in Puerto Rico and/or the Caribbean

Proposals must include the following elements: (1) The title of the paper; (2) An abstract of 250-500 words; (3) A précis limited to 100 words; (4) The author’s name along with institution and contact information; and (5) Any requests for Audio/Video connections.

Submit proposals as an attached Word document by email to Robert Doyle at by September 1st. Submitters will be notified of acceptance by September 14th.

As a reminder, presenters are required to be members of the CTSA in good standing with current dues paid and are required to register for the convention. Anyone with an associate or full membership application on file can also submit a proposal if they expect to be accepted for membership in the upcoming June convention. No member may present a paper/respond to a paper/participate on a panel more than once at a given convention. An exception is made for members of under‐represented groups, not including presentations made to the Women’s Consultation on Constructive Theology. A new CTSA rule stipulates that a member may not present more than two years in a row.