Graduate Theological Union

William R. O'Neill (SJ)

William R. O'NeillJesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Associate Professor of Social Ethics
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1988

Ph. D., Yale University, 1988
M. Phil., Yale University, 1986
M.A., Yale University, 1984
S.T.L., The Jesuit School of Theo. at Berkeley, 1985
S.T.M., The Jesuit School of Theo. at Berkeley, 1982
M. Div., The Jesuit School of Theo. at Berkeley, 1981
B.A., St. Louis University, 1976

Phone: 510/549-5036

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Issues in Human Rights; The Rhetoric of Human Rights
  • Ethics of Social Reconciliation
  • History of Western Social Thought
  • Christian Social Ethics; Ethical Methodology; Ethics and Hermeneutical Theory
  • International and Domestic Justice
  • Theological Inculturation of Ethics

Selected Publications

  • “First Be Reconciled”: Restorative Justice and Deliberative Democracy,” in Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents, Fordham University Press, 2016.
  • “The Wisdom of Serpents: Conscience, Power, and Politics in the Abortion Controversy” in Conscience and Catholicism: Rights and Responsibilities, and Institutional Responses, Orbis Books, 2015.
  • “Intrinsic Evil”: A Guide for the Perplexed,” in Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism in the United States: The Challenge of Becoming a Church for the Poor, The Lane Center Series, 2015.
  • “Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment: Seeking a Unified Moral Witness,” The Anglican-Roman Catholic Theological Consultation in the U.S.A., April 2014.
  • “’And You Welcomed Me’”: Solidarity with Migrants” in the Journal of Political Theology, 2014.
  • “The Place of Displacement: A Theological Locus,”  Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review, 2014.