Dr. Mark S. Latkovic
Dr. Mark S. Latkovic (b. 11/2/63) is Professor of Moral and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI where he has taught since July 1990 and where he was also Associate Dean of Studies from September 1999 until January 2000 and interim Dean of Studies from February 2000 until August 2000. He was made a full professor in March 2003. Dr. Latkovic graduated from the Brothers of Holy Cross- run St. Edward High School (Lakewood, OH) in 1982. He then received a dual Bachelor’s degree in 1986 in Religious Studies and Philosophy (with a minor in Communications) from Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH) and a Master’s degree in 1989 in Theology from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). He also received in 1990 a License in Sacred Theology degree (S.T.L., Summa Cum Laude) and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology degree (S.T.D., Summa Cum Laude) in 1998 from the Lateran University’s Pontifical Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (Washington, DC “session”), where he was a Michael J. McGivney Fellow working as a graduate assistant to the late Benedict M. Ashley, O.P (1915-2013). His licenciate thesis, written under the direction of Fr. Ashley, was a critique of the moral theologian Joseph Selling’s understanding of the encyclical Humanae vitae. His doctoral dissertation was a study of the fundamental moral theology of Ashley, which was directed by Prof. William E. May (1928-2014), and defended in April 1998.
During his tenure at the Seminary, Dr. Latkovic has taught numerous courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including Introduction to Moral Theology, Moral I: Principles (now Fundamental Moral Theology), Moral II: Commandments & Virtues, Foundations of the Christian Moral Life, Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Social/Sexual Teaching, Bioethics & Sexuality (now simply Bioethics), Sexual/Medical Ethics, Sacrament of Marriage & Law, Theology of Marriage & Family, Contemporary Schools of Moral Theology, Principles of Christian Morality, Introduction to Theology, The Catholic Church & Its Life, Ecclesiology, Christian Anthropology, Fundamental Theology, Contemporary Classic Texts in Catholic Moral Philosophy, Integrating Seminar, Moral Aspects of Theological Anthropology (STL Seminar), Natural Law, Technology, and the New Evangelization (STL Seminar), Virtue Theory and the New Evangelization (STL Seminar), Natural Law and Contemporary Moral Issues, The Moral Philosophy of John Finnis, Bioethical Issues in Health Care, and numerous Directed Readings (e.g., Moral Absolutes). In the spring of 2010, Latkovic taught a graduate course in moral theology for the University of Notre Dame as an Adjunct Professor. He has also directed or been a reader for more than a dozen MA and STL theses, as well as a board member on numerous occasions for the STB exam and the STL lectio coram.
Latkovic’s articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in such publications as Mosaic, The Michigan Catholic, OSV Newsweekly, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, National Catholic Register, The Linacre Quarterly, Crisis Magazine, The Catholic Faith, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, Josephinum Journal of Theology, Ethics & Medics, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Markets & Morality, Nova et Vetera, Seminary Journal, The Catholic Answer, Religion & Liberty, The Human Life Review, Catholic World Report, Cardinal Newman Quarterly: A Journal of Catholic Ethical Thought (an online publication), Truth & Charity Forum (an online publication of Human Life International), Fathers for Good (an online publication of the Knights of the Columbus), Public Discourse (an online publication of the Witherspoon Institute), Life and Learning XV: The Proceedings of the Fifteenth University Faculty for Life Conference, Catholic Social Scientists Review, Proceedings from the 28th Annual Conference of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy: An Encyclopedia (Scarecrow Press, 2007), the volume Artificial Nutrition and Hydration: The New Catholic Debate (Springer, 2008), and the New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2010 (Thomson/Gale 2010), articles in the NCE 2012-2013 Supplement, and another three additional articles (on the moral theologians William E. May, Benedict Ashley, and Servais Pinckaers), in the update of the Catholic Social Thought encyclopedia, Vol. 3 (2012). His “Just-War Theory, Catholic Morality, and the Response to International Terrorism,” was reprinted in Timothy Backous, OSB and William Graham (eds.), Common Good, Uncommon Questions: Topics in Moral Theology, Revised, Updated Edition (Paulist Press, 2014). He also wrote the introduction to Benedict Ashley’s autobiography, Barefoot Journeying (New Priory Press, 2013). One of his latest scholarly articles, “Conflicts of Conscience for Catholic Health Care Professionals,” appears in Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics, ed. Jason Eberl (Springer, 2017). His publications are frequently cited in scholarly and popular works.
Latkovic has co-edited and introduced and contributed to a well-received book titled, St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2004), based on a 2004 conference at SHMS that he helped to organize. His book, What’s a Person to Do? Everyday Decisions that Matter, was published in early October 2013 by Our Sunday Visitor Press (Huntington, IN).
Dr. Latkovic is also a frequent speaker, lecturer, panelist, reviewer, censor, and consultant on various moral issues in Michigan and around the country (These have included numerous appearances on television and radio).
Latkovic is the former book review editor for the Catholic medical ethics journal, Linacre Quarterly (where he is currently a manuscript reviewer) and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Catholic Social Scientists Review. His current academic projects include the book titled, Bioethics and Priests: A Handbook of Moral Principles and Pastoral Practice for the New Evangelization, plus several popular and scholarly articles and book reviews and book projects (e.g., a book on the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae).
Dr. Latkovic is the former Vice-Chair of Adam Cardinal Maida’s Detroit Archdiocesan Medical-Moral Committee on which he served for 10 years. He is a former member of the St. Frances Cabrini Schools’ Education Committee (Allen Park, MI) and a founding member of the parish’s Men’s Group. He is also a member of the Allen Park High School PTSA and the Knights of Columbus (3rddegree Knight). He is a member of the following professional academic societies: University Faculty for Life, Society of Catholic Social Scientists, the invitation-only American Academy of Theology (past member), and Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, of which he is a former elected board member. He presently sits on the Advisory Council for the Lennon Crisis Pregnancy Center (Dearborn Hts., MI). Dr. Latkovic was born in Cleveland, OH and now resides in Allen Park, MI with his wife Christine. They have been married since October 11, 1986 and have four children born between the years 1991 and 1999. Their first grandchild was born in May 2017.