Ashley, Benedict

Ashley, Benedict

Benedict Ashley, O.P, has served as Professor of Moral Theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology since 1951 with a short break in the early 1970s. He has written extensively in the area of philosophy, particuarly Christian ethics and served as consultant to the U.S. Catholic Bishops on moral matters. He was Professor of Moral Theology at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. and the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia.


Internet Resources

Moral Concepts

Biblical Morality, 8 lesson course

Philosophy for Theologians, 12 lesson course

Scriptural Grounds For Concrete Moral Norms, The Thomist, Jan1988.

The Bible Gap, Catholic Dossier, Mar/Apr 1996.

Dei Verbum & Christian Morals, Catholic Dossier, Jan/Feb 2000

Dominican Guide For Sharing Our Secular Resources For The Study of Theology For Preaching in the 21st Century [also in PDF], June 2003 draft, Part 3 is on ethics (pp24-30 of PDF).

Medical Ethics

Moral Principles Concerning Infants With Anencephaly: Observations on the Document, L'Osservatore Romano, Sept 1998. Observations on this document from US National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Cloning, Aquinas & The Embryonic Person, NCBQ, Summer 2001.

"Starving" the Permanently Unconscious, Preach What?, 2003.


Sexual Ethics

Can the Church Be Wrong About Contraception?, Preach What?, 2003


Political/Social Ethics

War or Peace?, Preach What?, 2003.



The Arts of Learning & Communication: A Handbook of the Liberal Arts, 1958.

An Autobiography

Homily At Funeral Of Fr. Timothy Sparks

Dominican Life: The Future: The Challenges of Identity

Dominican Study Is Not Just For Intellectuals

The Rosary Mysteries of Light [PDF]

The Way Toward Wisdom: An Interdisciplinary, Intercultural Introduction to Metaphysics

Art Prefects Nature

Three Strands in the Thought of Eckhard, The Scholastic Theologian, The Thomist, 1978

The Eucharist

Interviews/Profiles/Secondary Articles

Mark Latkovic, Of Dominicans & Dissertations: Reflections on the Life & Thought of Benedict Ashley, On The Occasion of his 85th Birthday [also in PDF]

Mark Latkovic, Natural Law in the Moral Thought of Benedict Ashley OP, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, Fall 1999 [PDF]

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