Tobias Winright, Ph.D.

Hubert Mäder endowed chair of health care ethics; associate professor of health care ethics; associate professor of theology
Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics


Courses Taught

Foundations in Catholic Health Care Ethics, Health Care in the Catholic Tradition and Methods in Religious Ethics.

Education

  • Ph.D. in moral theology and Christian ethics from the University of Notre Dame
  • M.A. in moral theology and Christian ethics from the University of Notre Dame
  • M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School
  • B.A. in political science from the University of South Florida
  • A.A. in liberal arts from St. Petersburg Junior College

Research Interests

Bioethics; Catholic moral theology; Christian ethics; ethics of war and peace; environmental ethics; criminal justice ethics.

Publications and Media Placements

  • Can War Be Just in the 21st Century? Ethicists Engage the Tradition (co-edited with Laurie Johnston; Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas). Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.
  • Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Assessing Benedict XVI’s Ecological Vision for the Catholic Church in the United States (co-edited with Jame Schaefer). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.
  • Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred: “They Shall Be Called Children of God,” College Theology Society Annual Volume 57 (co-edited with Margaret Pfeil). Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012.
  • Green Discipleship: Catholic Theological Ethics and the Environment (editor and contributor). Winona, MN: Anselm Academic Press, 2011.
  • After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice (with Mark Allman). Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010.


Journals - Peer Reviewed:

  • “Growing Edges of Just War Theory: Jus Ante Bellum, Jus Post Bellum, and Imperfect Justice” (with Mark Allman). Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 32, no. 2 (2012): 173-191.
  • “Just Policing and the Responsibility to Protect.” Ecumenical Review 63, no. 1 (March 2011): 84-95.
  • “The Morality of Cluster Bombing.” Studies in Christian Ethics 22, no. 3 (August 2009): 357-381.
  • “Just Cause and Preemptive Strikes in the War on Terrorism: Insights from a Just-Policing Perspective.” The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 26, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2006): 157-181.
  • “The ‘Slow War’ Against Iraq: A Moral Analysis” (with Joseph E. Capizzi). The Josephinum Journal of Theology 8, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2001): 27-42.
  • “Two Rival Versions of Just War Theory and the Presumption Against Harm in Policing.” The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics 18 (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1998): 221-239.
  • “Virgil Michel on Worship and War.” Worship 71, no. 5 (September 1997): 451-462.
  • “The Perpetrator as Person: Theological Reflections on the Just War Tradition and the Use of Force by Police.” Criminal Justice Ethics 14, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 1995): 37-56.


Chapters in Books - Peer and Non-Peer Reviewed:

  • Jus ante Bellum and Jus post Bellum as Fiscal Responsibility” (with Nathaniel Hibner). In The Business of War: Theological and Ethical Reflections on the Military-Industrial Complex, edited by Matthew A. Tapie, James W. McCarty III, and Justin Bronson Barringer. Forthcoming.
  • “Environmental Ethics as Bioethics” (with Andrea Vicini, SJ). In Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice, edited by M. Therese Lysaught and Michael McCarthy. Forthcoming.
  • “Peace on Earth, Peace with Earth: Laudato Si’ and Integral Peacemaking” In Laudato Si’ and the American Catholic Church, edited by Daniel R. DiLeo. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, forthcoming.
  • “Catholic Social Teaching’s Contributions to the Democratization of Latin America.” In The Bible, Democracy and Conflict, edited by Mohammed Girma and Cristian Romocea. Swindon, UK: British and Foreign Bible Society, 2015.
  • “The Use of Force.” In The Oxford Handbook of Political Theology, edited by Shaun Casey and Michael Kessler. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • “Introduction.” In Can War Be Just in the 21st Century? Ethicists Engage the Tradition, co-edited by Tobias Winright and Laurie Johnston; Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.
  • “The (Im)morality of Cluster Munitions.” In Can War Be Just in the 21st Century? Ethicists Engage the Tradition, co-edited by Tobias Winright and Laurie Johnston; Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.
  • “Combat and Confession: Just War and Moral Injury” (with E. Ann Jeschke). In Can War Be Just in the 21st Century? Ethicists Engage the Tradition, co-edited by Tobias Winright and Laurie Johnston; Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.
  • “Capital Punishment.” In The [Oxford] Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics, edited by Robert L. Brawley and Stephen Fowl. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. “Liturgy and (God’s) Justice for All: The Eucharist as Theological Basis for Translating Recent Catholic Teaching on Capital Punishment.” In Translating Religion, College Theology Society Annual Vol. 58, edited by Anita Houck and Mary Doak. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2013, pp. 118-136.
  • “The Liturgy as a Basis for Catholic Identity, Just War Theory, and the Presumption against War.” In Catholic Identity and the Laity, College Theology Society Annual Vol. 54, edited by Tim Muldoon. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009, pp. 134-151.
  • “Jus Post Bellum: Extending the Just War Theory” (with Mark Allman). In Faith in Public Life, College Theology Society Annual Vol. 53, edited by William J. Collinge. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008, pp. 241-264. “Foreword.” In Who Would Jesus Kill? Christian Traditions in Dialogue on War and Peace, by Mark Allman (Winona, MN: Anselm Academic Press, 2008), pp. 7-10.
  • “Undertaking an Evaluation of War with an Entirely New Attitude? Just-War Theory & Global Policing.” In Political Ethics and International Order, eds. Stefan Heuser and Hans G. Ulrich. Münster, Germany: Lit-Verlag Publishing, 2007, pp. 357-369.
  • “What Might a Policing Approach Contribute to the Pacifist/Just-War Debate on Dealing with Terrorism?” In Conflict and Conciliation: Faith and Politics in an Age of Global Dissonance, ed. Jason Daverth. Dublin, Ireland: Columba Press, 2007, pp. 39-69.
  • “Gather Us In and Make Us Channels of Your Peace: Undertaking an Evaluation of War with an Entirely New Attitude.” In Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective, eds. M. Therese Lysaught and David Matzko McCarthy. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing/SCM Press, 2007, pp. 281-306. (This book received 3rd Place award in the Theology Category from the 2008 Catholic Press Association Awards.) 
  • “Community Policing as a Paradigm for International Order.” In Just Policing, Not War: An Alternative Approach to World Violence, ed. Gerald W. Schlabach, with a foreword by Jim Wallis. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2007, pp. 130-152. (This book received an Honorable Mention award from the 2008 Catholic Press Association Awards.)
  • “Roman Catholicism, Pacifism In.” In The Encyclopedia of Religion and War, edited by Gabriel PalmerFernandez. New York: Berkshire/Routledge, 2004.
  • “From Police Officers to Peace Officers.” In The Wisdom of the Cross: Essays in Honor of John Howard Yoder, eds. Stanley Hauerwas, Mark Nation, and Harry Huebner. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1999, pp. 84-114.
  • “Children: An Undeveloped Theme in Catholic Teaching” (with Todd David Whitmore). In The Challenge of Global Stewardship: Roman Catholic Responses, eds. Maura A. Ryan and Todd David Whitmore. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1997, pp. 161-185.
  • “A Service of Farewell to a Bishop or District Superintendent” (with Karen Westerfield Tucker). In The United Methodist Book of Worship. Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 1992, pp. 730-734.

Other Journal and Periodical Articles and Opinion Pieces - Non-Refereed, Print and Online:

  • "Safeguarding the Hospital: The Ethics of Security in Catholic Health Care." Health Care Ethics USA 24, no. 4 (Fall 2016): 1-6. 
  • "Protect Thy Neighbor: Why the Just-War Tradition Is Still Indispensable" (with Mark Allman). Commonweal 143, no. 11 (June 17, 2016): 7-9.
  • "Verdant Virtues: Serving and Protecting People and Planet." Health Progress 97, no. 3 (May-June 2016): 50-52.
  • "Learning the Art of Patience." Sojourners Magazine 45, no. 4 (April 2016): 16-21 (cover story).
  • “A Matter of Degrees.” Sojourners Magazine 44, no. 6 (June 2015): 24-27.
  • “Expert Witness: Keeping the Peace.” U.S. Catholic 80, no. 4 (April 2015): 18-22.
  • “Demilitarize the Police!” Sojourners Magazine 43, no. 11 (December, 2014): 10-11.
  • “Militarized Policing: The History of the Warrior Cop.” Christian Century 131, no. 19 (September 17, 2014): 10-12.
  • “Instruments of Death: Can There Be a ‘Humane’ Execution?” Christian Century 131, no. 18 (September 3, 2014): 28-31.
  • “The Church and Peacemaking.” The Tablet 268, no. 9031 (January 11, 2014): 4-5.
  • “A Just War ‘No’ on Attacking Syria.” The Tablet 267, no. 9013 (August 31, 2013): 4-5.
  • “Gandalf, Gollum, and the Death Penalty.” Sojourners Magazine 42, no. 1 (January, 2013): 22-27; received 1st place award for best article in “Biblical Exposition” category from Evangelical Press Association in 2014.
  • “Iran: The Challenge to Peace” (with Patrick J. Lynch, S.J.). The Tablet 266, no. 8971 (November 3, 2012): 4-5. 
  • “Obama’s Drone Wars: A Case to Answer” (with Mark Allman). The Tablet 266, no. 8960 (August 18, 2012): 6-7.
  • “’Never Again’: The Responsibility to Protect as an Emerging Ethical Norm.” The Cresset (June/Trinity, 2012): 30-34.
  • “Justice or Vengeance? The Killing of bin Laden.” Christian Century 128, no. 11 (May 31, 2011): 10-11.
  • “Predictably Horrific: The Afterlife of Cluster Bombs.” Commonweal 138, no. 6 (March 25, 2011): 11- 12.
  • “Peace to God’s People and Earth.” The Cresset 74, no. 2 (Advent/Christmas 2010): 30-33.
  • “Just War and Post War Justice.” Religion Nerd (October 12, 2010).
  • “When the Shooting Stops: Criteria for a Just Peace” (with Mark Allman). Christian Century 127, no. 20 (October 5, 2010): 26-29.
  • Anthologized in Moral Issues and Christian Responses, 8th edition, edited by Patricia Beattie Jung and L. Shannon Jung. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012.
  • “Post War Just War.” PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly (September 1, 2010). “Crime and Sacrifice:
  • What Does the Cross Tell Us About the Ethics of Capital Punishment?” Sojourners Magazine 36, no. 4 (April 2007): 44-47. Reprinted in Catholics Against Capital Punishment News Notes 16, no. 2 (June 12, 2007): 5-6; awarded an Honorable Mention (i.e., 3rd Place) for “Theological or Scholarly Article” category by the Associated Church Press in 2008; and anthologized in Moral Issues and Christian Responses, 8th edition, edited by Patricia Beattie Jung and L. Shannon Jung. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012.
  • “Compunction over Cluster Bombs.” The Cresset 70, no. 1 (September/Michaelmas 2006): 45-47.
  • “September 11: The 100th Anniversary of Gandhi’s First Public Protest.” Sojomail: A Weekly Email-zine of Spirituality, Politics, and Culture (September 6, 2006).
  • “Death Penalty Walking.” The Cresset 69, no. 4 (Easter 2006): 56-58. This article was awarded an Honorable Mention (i.e., 3rd place) in the “Editorial or Opinion Piece: Magazine” category by the Associated Church Press in 2007.
  • “Peace Cops? Christian Peacemaking and the Implications of a Global Police Force.” Sojourners Magazine 35, no. 3 (March 2006): 20-24.
  • “Advent of a New Attitude for Evaluating War?” The Cresset 69, no. 2 (Advent/Winter 2005): 44-46.
  • “Rejecting Emperors and Idolatry: The Legacy of Saint Marcellus.” Sojomail: A Weekly Email-zine of Spirituality, Politics, and Culture (November 12, 2003).
  • “Viewing Victims and Offenders as Human Beings: Recent Reflections on Dead Man Walking.” Simpson Magazine (Winter 2001-2002): 14-16. Reprinted as “Viewing Victims and Perpetrators as Persons: Recent Reflections on Dead Man Walking,” Catholic Peace Ministry 7/3 (October 2002): 4-5.
  • “Bowling Alone But Not Patrolling Alone.” FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin 70, no. 4 (April 2001): 11-12.
  • “A Just War in Kosovo?” Catholic Peace Ministry 4, no. 2 (September 1999): 6-7.
  • “Disapproving Disproportionate Response” (with Lee Camp). Perspectives 11, no. 9 (November 1996): 5-6. Reprinted as “Changing the Rhetoric of War,” Common Sense 11, no. 3 (December 1996): 11.
  • “Viewing Both Victims and Offenders as Human Beings: Some Reflections on Dead Man Walking.” Common Sense 10, no. 5 (March/April 1996): 1, 4.
Lectures and Presentations:

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Coeditor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • College Theology Society
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • Society for the Study of Christian Ethics
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum