Social Justice Quarterly

A publication of the Leonine Institute

April 2021: Family

Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical that provided the foundations for Catholic Social Teaching today begins with a discussion of the family. This may come as a surprise to first-time readers of this encyclical who are expecting a discussion of the economics and sociology of the industrial era. Pope Leo’s focus on the family in this encyclical is an indication of the primacy of the family as the fundamental unit of society both politically and socially.
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Pitch Guide

Social Justice Quarterly is an online magazine published by the Leonine Institute. We accept pitches for long-form articles on issues related to Catholic Social Teaching. Articles can be of an educational nature or analytical, focusing on current events or the application of Catholic Social Teaching.

Pitched articles must fit within the theme of the issue. Themes for each quarterly issue are announced three months prior to the publication date. Pitches must be received 2 months prior to the publication date and articles must be finished and sent to the editor at least one month prior to the publication date.

Pitches can be made via email to the editor. Pitches should be no longer than 300 words and should include the author’s name, contact information, and any other biographical information the author wishes to include. Please paste your pitch in the body of the email. Do not attach files.

Style Guide for Submissions

Leonine Institute Magazine is a quarterly publication of the Leonine Institute. We accept pitches for long-form articles on issues related to Catholic Social Teaching. Please see the Pitch Guide above.


Once your pitch is accepted, please begin writing as soon as possible. Articles must be received by the editor at least one month prior to the publication date. Article length must be at least 1,000 words. Most articles should be 1,500 to 2,000 words in length, but submissions up to 3,000 words are accepted.

Make use of headers throughout your article and separate each paragraph with one blank line. Please do not indent paragraphs. Block quotes should be used if the quote is longer than one line. All sources should be cited using links, if possible. In your draft submission, please put the link in parentheses directly after the words you want hyperlinked. 

Example:

In Rerum Novarum, (“Rerum Novarum” <link>) Pope Leo XIII …

If sources are not available on the web, please use the Associated Press Stylebook to format your citations. Sources should be placed at the end of your draft submission using a hanging indent.

The editor will work with you to make changes to the article to fit length, grammar, and word choice requirements. Your submission will be edited in a Google Docs document owned by the editor. Your final agreement to publish includes an agreement that your article will not be removed from the magazine in either its print or electronic form at any point in the future by your request.