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School of Theology and Ministry

James T. Bretzke, S.J.

professor of moral theology

James T. Bretzke, S.J.

Contact Information | (617) 552-6514
9 Lake Street, Room 309


B.A., M.Div., S.T.M., S.T.L., S.T.D. (Pontifical Gregorian University

Areas of Interest

Fundamental moral theology; inculturation and ethics; Scripture and ethics; Confucianism and Christianity in Korea; end-of-life issues


Rev. James T. Bretzke, S.J., S.T.D. hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up skiing and sailing.  Prior to coming to BC he served as Chair of the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco.  He did his doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he also taught for three years, prior to coming to the Graduate Theological Union and the Jesuit School of Theology-at-Berkeley in 1993, where he taught for a decade before joining the faculty of the University of San Francisco.  He has also taught for several years in Korea at Sogang University and is a regular Visiting Professor of Moral Theology at the Loyola School of Theology of the Ateneo de Manila, Philippines where he teaches Moral Theology and Bioethics.  Besides teaching Fr. Bretzke worked for 13 years on weekends at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Oakland, and was very active in giving workshops in various aspects of moral theology throughout the dioceses of California and Nevada.

You can access his personal webpage here.


Fall 2014
Ministry & Theology of Sacrament of Reconciliation (TMPS 8006)
Priesthood:Theology and Praxis (TMST 8021)

Spring 2015
Serving as Wade Chair at Marquette University

Other Courses
TM 510- Fundamental Moral Theology
TM 763- Scripture and Christian Ethics
TM 509- Cross-Cultural Christian Ethics
TM 560- Critical Contemporary Ethical Issues
TM 726- Seminar: Magisterium and Contemporary Moral Debates
TM 735- Contemporary Moral Problems in Ecumenical Perspective

Recent Publications

Handbook of Moral Terms.  Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. (in press, forthcoming November 2013)

Consecrated Phrases: A Latin Dictionary of Theological Terms.  3rd ed. Collegeville: Liturgical Press: 2013

“Constancy & Change in Catholic Sexual Ethics” America (24 September 2012): 14-16

“How Can Ethics Be Christian?  What the Pontifical Biblical Commission Might Offer in Response.”  Bible Today 48:4 (July/August 2010): 209-215

A Morally Complex World: Engaging Contemporary Moral Theology.  Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2004