Margaret Harper McCarthy
Associate Professor of Theological Anthropology
B.A., Religion/French, Grove City College
M.A., Theology, University of St. Thomas
S.T.L., S.T.D., Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Pontifical Lateran University
Professor McCarthy received her doctoral degree in theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute at the Lateran University in Rome (1994), with a dissertation on the contemporary theology of predestination. Since then her teaching and writing has focused on various themes belonging to theological anthropology, especially relative to the question of sexual difference: the imago Dei, person, equality, experience, and the problem of love (the "eros-agape problem"), but also relative to the larger nature-grace problematic through Christocentrism and the doctrine of predestination.
Professor McCarthy has been teaching at the John Paul II Institute since 1992. She is the Editor of Humanum: Issues in Family, Culture, and Science and also serves on the editorial board of the English edition of Communio: International Catholic Review.
- Torn Asunder: Children, the Myth of the Good Divorce, and the Recovery of Origins. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2017.
- "Modern Women, Modern Mothers: Resetting the Biological Clock." In Humanum: Issues in Family, Culture, and Science.
- “Vatican II and the Church’s “Openness to the World” - Casting a Wider Net through the Still ‘Narrow Gate’.” Communio: International Catholic Review. (Spring-Summer 2012): 227-68.
- “Predestination to the Glorious Liberty of the Sons and Daughters of God in Jesus Christ - Putting Predestination in its Place.” In Sufficit gratia tua. Miscellanea in onore del Card. Angelo Scola, arcivescovo di Milano, in occasione del 70°genetliaco. Venice: Marcianum Press, 2012. 325-56.
- “Experience, Feminism, and the Need for Christian Witnesses.” Communio: International Catholic Review. (Summer 2010): 329-345.