John Murray


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John Murray graduated from Mater Dei Institute in 1985 and taught Religion and English in two secondary schools: Presentation College, Carlow [1985-6] and St. David's Holy Faith Secondary School, Greystones [1986-2002]. He did a Masters degree in Mater Dei [1998-2001] and began lecturing in Mater Dei Institute in 2002. His main teaching is in the area of moral theology (Christian Ethics), but he also supervises Teaching Practice, conduct Religious Studies tutorials, moderates theses, and so on. Dr Murray finished his doctoral degree in theology [St. Patrick's College, Maynooth] in 2009. His doctorate is entitled: "The Role of Religion as a Basic Human Good in the Moral Theory of Germain Grisez".


Year Publication
2005 John J. Murray (2005) Issues of Justice and Peace. : Veritas.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2023 John Murray (2023) 'Five options facing Catholic schools regarding the “queering” of Catholic education' In: To Be decided. Singapore : Springer.
2021 John Murray (2021) 'A De Fide Case Against “Faith Development”?' In: Irish and British Reflections on Catholic Education: Foundations, Identity, Leadership Issues and Re. Singapore : Springer.
2017 John Murray (2017) '‘Mercy in St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae’' In: Merciful Like the Father. Dublin : Veritas.
2014 John Murray (2014) 'Chaplain and Guidance Counselor as Professional: Some Theological Reflections' In: James O'Higgins Norman(Eds.). Education Matters: Readings in Pastoral Care for School Chaplains, Guidance Counsellors and Teachers. Dublin : Veritas.
2011 John Murray (2011) 'John Paul II's Theology of the Body' In: C. Ó Coigligh(Eds.). The Heritage of Pope John Paul II. Dublin : Veritas.
2007 John J. Murray (2007) ''Christ and Caesar: Reflections on Faith and Politics in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church' In: Eoin G. Cassidy(Eds.). The Common Good in an Unequal World. Dublin : Veritas.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2003 Murray. J (2003) 'Is Catholic Social Teaching a Communitarian Ethic?'. 68 :379-391.
2022 John Murray (2022) 'A Spirituality for Students: Why Should Students in Catholic Education Institutions Study John Paul II’s Encyclical, Fides et Ratio (1998)?'. International Studies in Catholic Education, .

Book Review

Year Publication
2017 John Murray (2017) ‘Review of Conscience and Catholicism: rights, responsibilities, institutional responses’. BREV [Link]

Other Journal

Year Publication
2021 John Murray (2021) 'Review of Don O’Leary, Biomedical Controversies in Catholic Ireland: A Contemporary History of Divisive Social Issues (Cork: Eryn Press, 2020)' Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, Summer 2021 .
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Committee Function From / To
Board of Directors of the Iona Institute - 31/12/1999
Theological Committee of the Irish Episcopal Conference - 31/12/1999

Research Interests

The fundamental moral theology of Germain Grisez and his collaborators [esp. John Finnis, Joseph Boyle, and Robert P. George]. New natural law. # Fundamental Moral Theory in general [especially the issue of moral truth]. # Moral theories. # Catholic Sexual Ethics and its relationship to sexual ethics more generally.

The nature and value of faith-based education/schooling, with reference to liberal values such as freedom of religion, as well reference to the place of parents in education, as well as the wider context of the relationship between Christian faith and human reason.