Brian Johnstone

Johnstone, Brian

Rev Dr Brian Johnstone CSSR

STL  (Colleggio San Anselmo, Rome, Italy)
STD, PhD   (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)

Lecturer in Moral Theology / Ethics

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Johnstone, having earned both a Ph.D. and S.T.D., was named lecturer in Moral Theology at Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne. He held this post from 1973 to 1981, and was co-terminously visiting Lecturer at the Catholic Theological College, the Archdiocesan Seminary in Clayton from 1975 to 1981, and Visiting Professor at Loyola School of Theology in Manila,Philippines from 1975 to 1976. In 1981, he moved to the United States to take on a position teaching Moral Theology as a member of the School of Theology at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Noted for his deep learning, respect for those with differing viewpoints, and his intelligent loyalty to the Magisterium, he was invited to teach Special and Systematic Moral Theology in Rome. He was as a Professor at the Alphonsian Academy until 2006 and Visiting Professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University until 1996. In 2006, Johnstone returned to Washington, D.C to take up again a professorship at The Catholic University of America. He taught courses on Fundamental Moral Theology, The Moral Theology of the Gift, Biomedical Ethics, Bioethics for Nurses, Peace and War, Human Rights, Probabilism and Conscience, and Problems of Bioethics.

Research Interests

Philosophy of the Gift is a project extending the philosophical and ethical concept of giving a “gift” to a new framework for moral theology, by defining the ultimate and absolutely gratuitous gift of self as that of Jesus Christ on the Cross, completed in the Resurrection.

He has written numerous articles for books, and online and printed journals, especially for Studia Moralia.

Books

Johnstone, Brian V. (1984) “The Right to Privacy: The Ethical Perspective,” American Journal of Jurisprudence: Vol. 29: Iss. 1, Article 4.[1]

Johnstone, Brian V. The Status of the Human Embryo: Catholic Teaching and the Role of Reason Lifeissues.net [2]

Publications

  1. AA “Eschatology and Social Ethics: A Critical Survey of the Development of Social Ethical Theory in the Ecumenical Discussion, 1925-1968.” Bijdragen 37 (1976) 47-85.
  2. AA “New Order of Penance.” Compass Theology Review 10 (1976) 3-10.
  3. CUA “Privacy and Intrusions: A Discussion from the Viewpoint of Some Christian Beliefs on Human Rights.” The Australasian Catholic Record 59 (1982) 318-331.
  4. CUA. “The Moral Status of the Embryo.” In Test-Tube Babies: A Guide to Moral Questions, Present Techniques and Future Possibilities, ed. William A. W. Walters and Peter Singer, 49- 56. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1982.
  5. CUA. “The Right and Duty of Defense.” Studia Moralia 22 (1984): 63-87.
  6. CUA “The Experience of Conversion and the Foundations of Moral Theology.” Église et Théologie 15 (1984) 183-202.
  7. AA “Nuclear War: Asking the Moral Questions.” In Moral Studies: Science-Humanity-God. Terrence Kennedy, ed. 28-46. Melbourne: Spectrum Publications, 1984.
  8. AA “Moraltheologische Fragen zum Thema: Atomkrieg.” Theologie der Gegenwart 29 (1986) 113-118.
  9. AA “Moraltheologische Fragen zum Thema: Atomkrieg.” Theologie der Gegenwart 29 (1986) 113-118.
  10. CUA “The Right to Privacy: The Ethical Perspective.” The American Journal of Jurisprudence 29 (1984) 73-94.
  11. CUA “ The U.S. Bishops and the Bomb: What They Said and Why.” Doctrine and Life 35 (1985) 75-79.
  12. 12. CUA “The Meaning of Proportionate Reason in Contemporary Moral Theology.” The Thomist 49 (1985) 223-247.
  13. CUA “Moral Experience in the Test of History.” Église et Théologie 16 (1985) 319-338
  14. CUA “In Vitro Fertilization and Ethical Dualism.” Linacre Quarterly 53 (1986) 66-79.
  15. CUA “Non-Combatant Immunity: The Origins of the Principle in Theology and Law.” Studia Moralia: 24 (1986) 115-148.
  16. CUA “The Structures of Practical Reason: Traditional Theories and Contemporary Questions.” The Thomist 50 (1986) 417-446.
  17. CUA “Noncombatant Immunity and the Prohibition of the Killing of the Innocent.” In Peace in a Nuclear Age: The Bishops’ Pastoral Letter in Perspective, ed. Charles J. Reid, 305-322. Washington: The Catholic University of America Press. 1986.
  18. CUA “The Theory and Strategy of the Seamless Garment.” Social Thought 12 (1986) 19- 27.
  19. CUA “O’Brien, Mary Elizabeth, Rosemary Donley, Mary Jean Flaherty and Brian V. Johnstone. “Therapeutic Options in End-Stage Renal Disease: A Preliminary Report.” ANNA JOURNAL 13: 6 (December, 1986) 313-318.
  20. AA “Justice and Cost Containment in End-Stage Renal Disease.” The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy 3 (1986) 65-84.
  21. AA. Komonchak, Joseph, Mary Collins and Dermot Lane, eds. The New Dictionary of Theology. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan, 1987. S. v. “Evangelical Counsels,” by Brian V. Johnstone.
  22. AA Komonchak, Joseph, Mary Collins and Dermot Lane, eds. The New Dictionary of Theology. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan, 1987. S. v. “Casuistry,” by Brian V. Johnstone.
  23. AA. Komonchak, Joseph, Mary Collins and Dermot Lane, eds. The New Dictionary of Theology. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan, 1987. S. v. “Fundamental Option,” by Brian V. Johnstone.
  24. AA Komonchak, Joseph, Mary Collins and Dermot Lane, eds. The New Dictionary of Theology. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan, 1987. S. v. “Probabilism,” by Brian V. Johnstone.
  25. AA “Should Australia Maintain the U.S. Alliance? Some Perspectives from Christian Ethics.” In U.S. Alliance: On What Terms, Brian Johnstone and Senator Michael Tate, 1-27. Melbourne, Australia: Spectrum Publications. 1987.
  26. CUA “Human Rights, Justice and Theology.” In Culture, Human Rights and Peace in Central America, ed. George F. McLean, Raul Molina and Timothy Ready for the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1988.
  27. AA “The Instruction ‘Donum Vitae’ and its Reception.” Studia Moralia 26 (1988) 211-229.
  28. AA “Learning through Suffering: The Moral Meaning of Negative Experience.” In History and Conscience, Studies in Honour of Sean O’Riordan, C.SS.R., ed. Raphael Gallagher C.SS.R. and Brandan McConvery C.SS.R., 144-160. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan, 1989.
  29. 29. AA “La tecnologia genética: perspectiva teológico-moral,” Moralia (Madrid) 11 (1989) 297- 314.
  30. CUA. New Catholic Encyclopedia, Supplement, 1989. S. v. “Organ Transplants,” by Brian V. Johnstone.
  31. AA “The Significance of the Moral Theology of St. Alphonsus: The Redemptorist Focus Today.” Studia Moralia/Supplement, Recentre de Moralistes Redemptoristes, Aylmer, Québec, Canada, 26-30 June 1989, Actes/Acts, 77-98. Rome: 1990.
  32. AA . “From Physicalism to Personalism.” Studia Moralia 30 (1992) 71-96.
  33. AA “The Revisionist Project in Roman Catholic Moral Theology.” Studies in Christian Ethics 5 (1992) 18-31.
  34. AA “The European Synod: The Meaning and Strategy of Evangelization.” Gregorianum 73 (1992) 469-487.
  35. AA “Verzicht auf die Theorie vom „Gerechten Krieg‟: Zur Entwicklung des Friedengedanken bei Bernhard Häring 1954-1989.” In Christus zum Leben befreit, ed. Josef Römelt and Bruno Hidber, 205-224. Freiburg, Basel, Wien: Herder, 1992.
  36. AA “Erroneous Conscience in Veritatis Splendor and the Theological Tradition.” In The Splendor of Accuracy: An Examination of the Assertions made by Veritatis Splendor, ed. Joseph A. Selling and Jan Jans, 114-135. Kampen-The Netherlands: Kok-Pharos, 1994.