RONALD A. MERCIER, S.J., B.A.; M.A.; M.Div; S.T.L.; Th.D.

RONALD A. MERCIER, S.J., B.A.; M.A.; M.Div; S.T.L.; Th.D. Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

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Room 207; ext. 254




Areas of research and interest

  • Fundamental ethics, especially the relationship between ethics and spirituality, the nature of moral discernment and decision making, the formation of moral meaning, implications for ethics of the doctrines of sin and grace;
  • Social ethics, especially the formation of cultural values, the history of Catholic social teaching, and teaching on peace and conflict;
    Bioethics, especially issues surrounding the meaning and response to suffering;
  • The history of Catholic moral theology, especially the Jesuit tradition of casuistry;
  • The implications of the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar, René Girard and James Alison for Christian Ethics.

Recent publications

The Holy Spirit and Ethics: A Personal Gift Making Persons," in James Keating,
ed., Moral Theology: New Directions and Fundamental Issues (N.Y.: Paulist Press, 2004), 43-65.

"What Are We to Make of Sin? Alison's Challenge to Moral Theology,"
Josephinum Journal of Theology 10 (2003), 271-284.

"'I Am Doing Something New': Spiritual Direction in the Modern Context,"
Milltown Studies 50 (2002), 11-31.