Rev. Bryan Massingale
Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, S.T.D.


Bryan N. Massingale [Systematics/Ethics] received his doctorate in moral theology from the Academia Alphonsianum (Rome). He specializes in social ethics and teaches courses on Catholic Social Thought, African American religious ethics, liberation theologies, and racial justice. His approach to social ethics focuses upon the impact of religious faith as both an instrument of social injustice and a catalyst for social transformation.

He is the author of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis, 2010), which received a First Place book award from the Catholic Press Association.  He also has authored over seventy articles, book chapters, and book reviews.  These have appeared in both scholarly and pastoral journals such as Theological Studies, New Theology Review, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Philosophy and Theology, Journal of Religion and Society, U.S. Catholic Historian, Origins, U.S. Catholic, The National Catholic Reporter, Signs of the Times in the Americas, and Catholic Peace Voice.

His current research projects explore the contribution of Black religious radicalism to Catholic theology; the notion of "cultural sin" and its challenge to Catholic theological ethics; and the intersections of race and sexuality in both social life and Catholicism.

Recent publications include:  “Malcolm X and the Limits of ‘Authentically Black and Truly Catholic:’ A Research Project in Black Radicalism and Black Catholic Faith,” Journal of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium 5 (2011); “A Parallel That Limps: The Rhetoric of Slavery in the Pro-Life Discourse of U.S. Bishops,” in Nicholas P. Cafardi, ed., Voting and Holiness: Catholic Perspectives on Political Participation (Paulist Press, 2012); “The Systemic Erasure of the Black/Dark-Skinned Body in Catholic Ethics,” in James F. Keenan, ed., Catholic Theological Ethics Past, Present, and Future: The Trento Conference (Orbis Books, 2011); "Vox Victimarum Vox Dei: Malcolm X as Neglected 'Classic' for Catholic Theological Reflection," CTSA Proceedings 65 (2010); "Cyprian Davis and the Black Catholic Intellectual Vocation," U.S Catholic Historian 28 (Winter 2010); Poverty and Racism: Overlapping Threats to the Common Good (Washington, DC: Catholic Charities USA, 2008); and “The Scandal of Poverty: ‘Cultural Indifference’ and the Option for the Poor Post-Katrina,” Journal of Religion and Society Supplement Series 4 (2008).

He is the current Past Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.  He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Moral Theology and the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.  He also serves on the North American Regional Committee of the “Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church” project.

Dr. Massingale is the recipient of two honorary doctorates, and most recently held the Bernard J. Hanley Chair at Santa Clara University.   He is also the recipient of Marquette University’s highest award for teaching excellence (2009).

In addition to his academic pursuits, Professor Massingale strives to be a scholar-activist through serving faith-based groups advancing justice in society.  He is a noted authority on issues of social and racial justice, having addressed numerous national Catholic conferences and lectured at colleges and universities across the nation.  He has served as a consultant to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, providing theological assistance on issues such as criminal justice, capital punishment, environmental justice, and affirmative action. He has also been a consultant to the National Black Catholic Congress, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association, Catholic Relief Services, the Leadership Conference of Religious Women, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the National Catholic AIDS Network, and the antiracism teams of Call to Action and Pax Christi USA.  He is an active participant in a network Catholic thought leaders striving for fuller inclusion of LGBT persons in society and the faith community.

His contributions to justice advocacy have been recognized on a number of occasions.  He is the recipient of Project Equality’s “Religious Momentum” Award for his efforts in promoting diversity in the Catholic Church. He has been honored by both Fairfield University and Cardinal Stritch University for his advocacy for social justice and his work for inclusion of the socially marginalized.  He was awarded the “Rev. Al McKnight Award” in 2011 by the National Joint Conference of Black Catholic Clergy, Sisters, Deacons and Seminarians for outstanding witness on behalf of justice for the marginalized. He was honored with the “Harry Fagin Award” in 2009 by the National Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors for his contributions to the study and knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching.  He has been recognized by the Catholic Press Association for an award-winning opinion column examining contemporary social issues from a faith perspective.  Further recognitions include the “Young Alumnus of the Year” from Marquette University, and the “Annecy Award” from St. Francis Seminary for his contributions to the local church.


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