María Teresa (MT) Dávila is associate professor of Christian ethics at Andover Newton Theological School and teaches at the intersection of Christian ethics and public theology. Her publications and courses focus on immigration, racism and racial justice, class and inequality, Catholic social teaching and the ethics of the use of force. She is co-editor of Living With(out) Borders: Catholic Theological Ethics and the Movement of Peoples (Orbis Books, 2016). Her current project seeks to develop the preferential option for the poor for U.S. Christians as an antidote to the culture wars in public religious discourse.  Dávila is the president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). With her husband and four children, MT is a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Malden, MA.

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The sins of racism and family separation erode the sanctity of life

The U.S. bishops' recent pastoral letter against racism, "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love," acknowledges that complex histories of violence, exclusion and invisibility continue to impact the life prospects and dignity of African-American, Latinx and Native American communities today — and is a clarion call to actively address racism as a life issue.


One year after Hurricane Maria, can Puerto Rico be made whole?

Theology en la Plaza: Now that the emotions of the anniversary have waned, my mind turns toward the question of what justice looks like for populations impacted by climate change and environmental catastrophes.


With family separation at the border, asking questions is a moral obligation

When news broke that 1,500 migrant children were missing, the response by people of faith was immediate, if somewhat ill-informed. It was an opportunity to remember the virtue of prudence.