marriage, families & spirituality


Marriage, Families & Spirituality

The INTAMS review: Journal for the Study of Marriage & Spirituality was created in 1995.

In 2017, after 22 years of documenting and developing the spirituality of marriage and family, the INTAMS Review changed its name to Marriage, Families & Spirituality (MFS), a title that reflects better its contents and its aim.

In its 25 years of existence, the journal has grown into a leading international publication with a specialized focus on the topics of marriage and the family, and it offers an excellent forum for those who are looking for a specialized scholarly journal on the themes of marriage and the family.

Marriage, Families & Spirituality (MFS) is inviting submissions for articles dealing with the themes of marriage, family, and related fields, to be published in 2021 and 2022, from scholars and practitioners in:

•   Theology

•   Religious Studies
•   Family Studies
•   Sociology

•   Psychology

•   Philosophy

•   History

•   Art & Literature

•   Public Policy & Law


We are particularly interested in publishing articles which:


  1. offer innovative perspectives in the various (ethical, dogmatic, pastoral, exegetical, historical, juridical) approaches to marriage and the family or document new theological trends,
  2. contribute to defining and exploring the nature of 'marital and family spirituality',
  3. offer fresh insights from the human sciences relevant for a theology and ethics of marriage and the family, 
  4. highlight literary and artistic perspectives on marriage and related topics.

Full papers (which must be unpublished and not offered elsewhere) or extended abstracts (300-500 words) should be submitted electronically (in Word format).

Articles may be submitted in English, German, Italian or French. Authors who do not write in their native language must have their texts revised by a native speaker before publication. 

All articles are peer-reviewed and every effort will be made to notify authors as soon as possible of acceptance or rejection of their articles. 
Acceptance will be based on quality, originality and relevance to the themes of marriage and the family. 
If the paper is co-authored, please indicate the names of co-authors at the end of the article or abstract. 

Write to Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi, Editor, for further information or to submit your article.

special theme issue 2022

Amoris laetitia 2016-2021: A Global Perspective

In March 2016 Pope Francis issued his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia, breaking new ground on the theology of marriage and the pastoral care of families. In December 2020, he has called for a year of reflection on the document.

INTAMS would like to respond to the Pope’s call in a very specific way. Indeed, in the past the conversation around AL has been predominantly on “Roman”, European terms. We seek to remedy that by starting a broader, worldwide conversation. We are thus in the process of preparing a special issue of our journal on the global reception of AL, featuring theological reflection from all continents (mainly Latin America, Africa, Asia and Oceania).

For this special theme issue we invite submissions  from scholars in the field of academic theology, to provide a scholarly assessment about the implementation of AL in their own country, or more generally, in their continent.

AL’s treatment of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics has received the most attention. However, there are many other issues, and we would like to hear from you which are the most pressing ones. Some possible topics could be:

  • Living together (cohabitation) without or before marriage (AL 40, 294)
  • Beginning and dynamical process of marriage
  • Civil, customary and religious marriage
  • Abstract and artificial theological ideal of marriage (AL 36)
  • “Rehabilitation” of conscience (AL 303)
  • Contraception (Humanae vitae) (AL 68, 222)
  • Respect and dignity of the person, regardless sexual orientation (AL 250)
  • Etc.

For all these topics, and many others, we would like to know how the theological thinking in your country has been shaped by AL? What has changed; what has remained the same? What questions remain open?
How has the Church’s pastoral practice concerning the topics above (or in general) been shaped by AL?

Or you are free to consider any other topics from AL that you find relevant.

If you wish to submit a scholarly article, we would need an abstract by 31 January 2022 (ca. 300 words), and the article itself by 31 March 2022, including your author bio.

Write to Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi, Editor, for further information or to submit your article.