Lisa Sowle Cahill

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Lisa Sowle Cahill is an American ethicist, and J. Donald Monan Professor at Boston College.[1] She first became known in the 1980s with her studies on gender and sexual ethics, but now she has extended her work to social and global ethics. Lisa Sowle Cahill’s work focuses on an attempt to discuss the complexity of moral issues while lowering tensions about theological disagreements between the Church and society. [2]


In 1970, Dr. Cahill received a B.A. in Theology from Santa Clara University. She then went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She completed her dissertation in 1976 under the guidance of James Gustafson. James Gustafson introduced her to Richard McCormick SJ and Father Charles Curran, both of whom have influenced her own career in moral theology. She has taught at Boston College since 1976 and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, and a Visiting Professor of Catholic Theology at Yale University.[3]


Sometimes called a feminist theologian and sometimes a bioethicist, Dr. Cahill has published over two hundred articles and has worked on as many as fifteen books. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2008 she was awarded the John Courtney Murray Award by the Catholic Theological Society of America.[4]


Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics, Cambridge University Press, 2013

  • Bioethics and the Common Good, Marquette University Press, 2005

Genetics, Theology, Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

  • "Commentary on Familiarius consortio". Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations. Georgetown University Press. 2005. ISBN 9781589010536.
  • Theological Bioethics: Participation, Justice, and Change. Georgetown University Press. 2005. ISBN 9781589010758.
  • Family: a Christian social perspective, Fortress Press, 2000, ISBN 9780800632526
  • Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics. Cambridge University Press. 1996. ISBN 9780521578486. Lisa Sowle Cahill.
  • Love Your Enemies: Discipleship, Pacifism, and Just War Theory. Fortress Press. 1994. ISBN 9780800627003.
  • 'Just Love,' Reviewed. October 07, 2012, America Magazine


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  2. ^ Cahill, Lisa (2004). Bioethics and the Common Good. Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press. pp. 1–6. ISBN 0-87462-584-X.
  3. ^ Cahill, Lisa (2004). Bioethics and the Common Good. Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press. pp. 1–6. ISBN 0-87462-584-X.
  4. ^ Bole, William (January 2011). "No Labels Please: Lisa Sowle Cahill's Middle Way". Commonweal Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2011-04-17.