Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the Dominican tradition

Dr. Stewart Clem

Assistant Professor of Moral Theology

Director, Ashley-O'Rourke Center for Health Ministry Leadership


Stewart Douglas ClemAssistant Professor of Moral Theology and Director of the Ashley-O'Rourke Center for Health Ministry Leadership,  earned the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the Master of Arts in Philosophy from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma; the Master of Divinity from the Divinity School of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina; and the Doctor of Philosophy in Moral Theology and Christian Ethics from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.   Fr. Clem is a priest in the Episcopal Church. Before coming to Aquinas Institute of Theology, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.  Clem's research interests are in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, virtue ethics, natural law tradition, bioethics and medical ethics, law, religion and public policy.

Selected Courses

  • Justice and Catholic Social Teaching
  • Ethics of Human Sexuality
  • Foundations of Catholic Morality
  • God/Human Person (Secunda Pars)
  • Health Care Ethics

Selected Publications 

"Still Human: A Thomistic Analysis of 'Persistent Vegetative State," Studies in Christian Ethics, Vol. 32, No. 1 (February 2019) 46-55.

"The Passions of Christ in the Moral Theology of Thomas Aquinas: An Integrative Account," New Blackfriars, Vol. 99, Issue 1082 (July 2018) 458-480.

"Dropping the Debt: A New Conundrum in Kant's Rational Religion," Religious Studies, Vol. 54, No. 1 (March 2018) 131-145.

"Post-Truth and Vices Opposed to Truth," Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2017) 97-116.

"The Epistemic Relevance of the Virtue of Justice," Philosophia, Vol. 41, No. 2 (June 2013) 301-311.