Rev. Thomas Hughson, S.J.

Rev. D. Thomas Hughson, S.J., Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus of Theology

D. Thomas Hughson, S.J. (Ph.D., University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, 1981). [Systematics/Ethics], specializes in the social context of Catholic systematic theology. This can be understood as a project in Bernard Lonergan's functional specialty of Communications. He edited John Courtney Murray's dissertation, Matthias Scheeben on Faith: The Doctoral Dissertation of John Courtney Murray (Edwin Mellen Press, 1987), and authored The Believer as Citizen: John Courtney Murray in a New Context (Paulist Press, 1993).

More recently, “Citizenship: Re-Minded by the Holy Spirit,” Anglican Theological Review (Summer, 2001) and “Public Catholicism: An American Prospect,” Theological Studies (December 2001) have emerged from a focus on church and state as co-present dimensions of Christian existence and a turn toward theology underwriting social witness in common (i.e., ecumenical). Essays in Lumiere et Vie and The Way reflected on 9/11.

A project with the Communications Group in the Catholic Theological Society of America focuses on the potential for renewal in diocesan structures of communication. At present he serves on the steering committee of the Church-State Studies Group in the American Academy of Religion, and has a role in the launching of a society for the study of Anglicanism in the AAR.

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