Edward R. Sunshine, PhD

Edward R. Sunshine, PhD

Professor of Theology, Moral Theology


Dr. Edward Sunshine joined the Barry faculty in 1988. He earned BA and MA degrees from Loyola University in Chicago and a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Dr. Sunshine has many years of teaching experience, ranging from junior high school to graduate education, in the United States and Perú. He has also worked in religious education and community organizing in Chile, Perú, and Pilsen, a Mexican inner-city neighborhood in Chicago.

Dr. Sunshine teaches courses in moral theology and Christian ethics. At the undergraduate level, he teaches courses in Sexuality, Sex and Morality and Marriage and Family, and at the graduate level, Principles of Christian Morality, Catholic Social Thought, and Pastoral Care and Human Sexuality.

Dr. Sunshine’s scholarly interests include abolitionist documents from Cuba in the 17th century, the relation between ethics and rhetoric in church teaching, and sexual ethics.


A Just Defense of the Natural Freedom of Slaves: All Slaves Should Be Free (1682): A Critical Edition and Translation of Servi Liberi seu Naturalis Mancipiorum Libertatis Iusta Defensio by Epifanio de Moirans (Lewiston NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2007).


“Dealing With Practices that are Evil: A Capuchin Abolitionist Movement in Late 17th Century Cuba” in Francis in the Americas: Essays on the Franciscan Family in North and South America, ed. John F. Schwaller (Berkeley CA: Academy of American Franciscan History, 2005), 81-88.

“Truncating Catholic Tradition,” in the National Catholic Reporter(8 April 2005): 7-8.

“Catechisms in the Americas” in Ethics and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ed. Michael Allsopp (Scranton PA: Scranton University Press, 1999), 11-22.

Dr. Sunshine’s most recent presentations of papers at professional meetings include:

“The Curious Concept of ‘Intrinsic Evil’: From Stoic Philosophy to Catholic Church Rhetoric on Sexual Morality, Presidential Politics, and the Avoidance of Cancer” at the American Academy of Religion meeting: Montreal, November 2009.

“Avoid (Intrinsic) Evil or Do (Proportionate) Good? Menstrual Suppression and Solitary Sex for Reasons of Health” at the Society of Christian Ethics meeting: Chicago, January 2009

“Institutional Challenges to the Abolition of Slavery and Trafficking: An American Perspective” at the International Conference on the European Slave Trade: Character, Causes, Challenges: Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, July 2007.

“Menstrual Suppression and Pregnancy Avoidance: Redeeming the Pill in Catholic Theology” at the First International Crosscultural Conference for Catholic Theological Ethicists: Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church-Padua, Italy, July 2006.

Dr. Sunshine is an active member of the following professional organizations:

American Academy of Religion
Catholic Theological Society of America
Society of Christian Ethics

Dr. Sunshine is a consultant for the Faculty Senate and a frequent participant on panels that deal with religion and politics for programs produced by local television statio