María Teresa (MT) Dávila is an associate professor of practice at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. She was associate professor of Christian ethics at Andover Newton Theological School, a Protestant seminary located in Newton, Massachusetts, teaching 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). Dávila is the president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS).

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US military footprint in Afghanistan — and elsewhere — means we owe refugees

Theology en la Plaza: When we consider justice after war in situations where the U.S. has extended its military footprint, we are indebted to a much broader impacted population than only those who cooperated with our military.


What Pope Francis can teach us about how to respond to migrants

Theology en la Plaza: In his encyclical Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis proposes that welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants are key markers of truly human fraternity and friendship.


I'll meet you at the cross: A post-election theology of encounter

Theology en la Plaza: How am I to love the bearer of an unlovable idea? I asked that question while listening to interviews of Trump supporters. My answer was immediate and instinctual: I'll meet you at the cross.


Hyperfocus on abortion issue obscures call of common good

Theology en la Plaza: The current moment in U.S. political life once again makes a spectacle of the church's advocacy for the marginalized and the weak by manipulating the pro-life label for political gain.