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The newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church
February 2018

Dear Friends

Sorry for the delay but getting into February was quite a task.

I hope you enjoy our FORUM this month.  There are exciting pieces.  Ellen Van Stichel's superb essay on giving birth, written a few days before she gave birth to her third child!  A reply from Peter Knox from Kenya on Trump's horrendous remarks about Africa.  Mary Jo Iozzio on the #MeToo Phenomenon.  Sharon Bong on the Ecclesia of Women in Asia's meeting in Ho Chi Minh City.  Jorge Ferrer on natural disasters as ethically accountable.  Great essays addressing real issues.

From Asia, the sad news of the death of Fr. James Poonthuruthil, SDB. There is also news on Ecclesia of Women in Asia's meeting in Ho Chi Minh City as well as some new noteworthy books.  Special congratulations to Mary Yuen and Kochuthresia Puliyappallil for their new books!

From Europe there is the report on the Catholic Moral theologian's meeting in Innsbruck and another book on Amoris Laetitia.

Finally, we will be writing you with more information on Sarajevo next month....


Featured Forum Articles:

Obituary - Fr. James Poonthuruthil, SDB
EWA Update
The Ecclesia of Women in Asia (EWA) is a forum of Catholic women doing theology in Asia. EWA's vision is the development of theologizing from Asian women's perspectives and the recognition of Asian Catholic women theologians as equal partners in theological discussions within the Church and Academe.

New Publication
Teaching Catholic Social 
Ethics and Civic Education
In March 2017, a group of scholars gathered at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and discussed the topic "Teaching Catholic Social Ethics and Civic Education." After the conference, the participants revised their articles, based on the discussion in the conference and comments from peer reviews. This issue of the Hong Kong Journal for Catholic Studies is a collection of 11 articles. The authors of this issue explore themes like Catholic identity and religious education; approaches in teaching CST, social justice, gender justice and civic education; case studies of teaching social ethics, religious and moral education.  
All articles of this issue are in English with Chinese abstract. For the whole issue click here

For any inquiry, please contact Mary Yuen, editor of this issue at mymyuen@gmail.com.
Book Release
The Cardinal Virtues in Christian Ethics and Sãmãnya Dharma in the Manusmrti

Book Release
Indian Moral Theology
Europe Report
See the PDF here to read about:

Islamic ethics and interreligious social ethics: Report from the annual meeting of moral theologians and social ethicists in Innsbruck, January 3-5, 2018 

The Concept of Intrinsic Evil in Catholic Theological Ethics: Report from the workshop at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Vienna, January 30-31, 2018 

Invitation to Conference on Radical Ecological Conversion After Laudato Si', Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, March 7 - 8, 2018

Invitation to the study day on Amoris Laetitia at Pontifical University Comillias in Madrid, March 14, 2018 (PDF Invitation Here)

Publication of new book:
 "La Tecnocracia" by 
José Manuel Caamaño

Professor - Christian Social Ethics
Jesuit School of Theology
Santa Clara University
The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University invites applications for an open-rank position in Christian Social Ethics with a specialization in modern Roman Catholic Social Teaching, to begin Fall 2018. Areas of sub-specialization are open, but may include justice theory, race/racial justice, feminist/womanist/mujerista social ethics, liberation ethics, ethics of migration, economic or labor ethics, war and peace, ecological ethics, church and state, political ethics, or human rights. 

Joint Diploma in Integral Ecology 
The Pontifical Universities of Rome now offers a one year joint diploma in Integral Ecology.

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Trevor R. Jones