Welcome to the FIRST

The newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church
January 2017

Dear Friends,

I wish you a Happy New Year of peace, justice and mercy and hope that your celebration of Christmas was marked by the consolation of the coming of Jesus Christ into our lives.

In this issue of the FIRST, we offer our congratulations to our fourth African woman in our scholarship program: to Sr. Wilhelmina Uhai Tunu, for defending her dissertation, "The Socio-Moral Principle of Human Dignity: A New Paradigm for Alleviating Poverty in Same Catholic Diocese, Tanzania," at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) on October 13, 2016. See below her report and photos. 

There is sad news to report, however.  This past month marks the death of Bishop Karl Golser a major moral theologian, a long time friend of CTEWC, and one of the strongest supporters of our conference in Trento 2010. Martin Lintner provides with a tribute to this remarkable man.

We are also happy to introduce our new Webmaster, Trevor Jones.  Trevor replaces the inestimable Rebecca Reilly who updated our entire webpage for the last six months!  Thank you Becky!  Welcome aboard, Trevor.

Finally we have the FORUM and Regional Reports as always.

Next month, we will be providing you with information on how to apply for our third international conference in Sarajevo, July 2018.

Until then, 


Sr. Wilhelmina Uhai Tunu
Congratulations to Sr. Wilhelmina Uhai Tunu, for defending her dissertation, "The Socio-Moral Principle of Human Dignity: A New Paradigm for Alleviating Poverty in Same Catholic Diocese, Tanzania," at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) on October 13, 2016.  See below her photo and her report.

Sr. Tunu is in the middle holding flowers

Obituary for Karl Gosler
By Martin Lintner
Si é spenta la vita di mons. Karl Golser, vescovo emerito della diocesi di Bolzano-Bressanone e teologo morale. Alla luce della fede possiamo interpretare come una bella e significativa coincidenza il fatto che mons. Golser sia morto la notte di Natale. Mentre la Chiesa celebra la nascita terrena del nostro salvatore Gesù Cristo, mons. Golser può celebrare la sua nascita in cielo.

New Newsletter and Website Administrator:
As of January 2017, Trevor Jones will be taking over for Rebecca Reilly. Trevor is a freshman presidential scholar at Boston College, and we are looking forward to working with him.

You can contact Trevor at jonesvu@bc.edu

Featured Forum Articles:

Eric Genilo,  The Marcos Burial

Nichole Flores and Mary Jo Iozzio, Mercy and the Failure to Form Moral Imagination

Latin American Report
By: Marcio Fabri
"Repercusiones en la televisión argentina del Congreso de Bogotá 2016".

Pablo A. Blanco (miembro del comité de planificación de la CTEWC para América Latina) y Cecilia Di Lascio (Consejo ejecutivo del CLAdeES) fueron entrevistados en el programa de televisión "Claves para un Mundo Mejor" de Argentina, con motivo de su participación en el Congreso de Bogotá. También fue invitada Emilce Cuda, quien no pudo asistir por estar esos días en un congreso en Montevideo (Uruguay).

"Claves para un Mundo Mejor" es un famoso noticiero católico argentino emitido en forma ininterrumpida desde 1989, y es conducido por el periodista Héctor "Tito" Garabal. Desde 2015 es transmitido por Canal 9.

Fue declarado Programa de Interés por el Cardenal Bergoglio cuando era Arzobispo de Buenos Aires.

En el siguiente enlace se puede acceder a un video de resumen del programa de 5 minutos: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_wD6ucPz2pkekNfdnNDZWhaZGc/view?usp=sharing

Book Release:

An Ethics of Mercy: On the way to meaningful living and Loving

by Roger Burggraeve

Save The Date: 


Event date:  Friday 20th January, 9:00am
Location:  Heythrop College, University of London, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN
An International Day Conference at Heythrop College, University of London
In his ground-breaking new publication, Reframing Theological Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2016), Joseph Selling offers an ethical method that reorients Catholic understandings of theological ethics.  Catholic moral theology, he says, has been based on an approach which over-emphasises the role of normative ethics, thus confining moral responsibility to questions about whether a person is following or disobeying moral rules.
This important conference offers Catholic theological ethicists an opportunity to engage with Professor Selling's work through such themes as 'human motivation', 'intention' and 'virtue', and also through Thomistic and New Testament approaches.  We are delighted to have such distinguished speakers as Joseph Selling himself, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Edward Vacek, SJ, Nicholas Austin SJ, and Mathew Illathuparampil.
Conference Fee (including lunch and refreshment) 
Standard:  £ 25 
Students:   £ 5 
Unwaged:  £ 10 
Heythrop Students and Staff: free
If you require accommodation, please contact Campus Services on 020 7795 4163 or email  conferences@heythrop.ac.uk for further information.

Save The Date: 

Call for Papers: 
Call for Papers: 2017 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty
Research Focus Theme: Religion and Poverty University of Salzburg, 21 & 22 September 2017 Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2017

The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research of the University of Salzburg happily announces the call for papers for its 2017 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research. The focus theme of the conference will be religion and poverty. The Keynote Speakers in 2017 will be Paul Cloke, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, Adam Dinham, Professor of Faith & Public Policy and Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Emma Tomalin, Professor of Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds, where she is director of the Centre for Religion and Public Life. Possible topics for the focus theme sessions are, among others, the relation of religion and poverty and inequality in different states and world regions, religion as a factor in development, faith-based organisations and poverty alleviation, extent and causes of poverty and social exclusion of religious groups and minorities, religious perspectives on poverty, and theological responses to poverty and inequality. Please submit abstracts for single papers and panels via the submission form on the conference homepage. The deadline for submitting abstracts for single papers and panels is 31 March 2017. Decisions will be communicated until 30 April 2017.
Call for Papers: 

Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology
Vol. 11, No. 5, March 2017
Call for Papers
Amoris Laetitia
Amoris Laetitia (AL), published following the two Synods on the family - the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops 2014 and the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops 2015 - has evoked a lot of discussion not only in the academic circles, but also among the pastors and the faithful in general. Expectations of changes, in particular about some of the debated issues were high. But, has AL has changed anything in the moral teaching of the Church? Even months after its publication, the debate is going on and the interpretations given by different bishops and theologians differ. Similarly, AL has put forward challenging questions regarding the approaches in moral theology and pastoral practice. The application of the Natural Law, Discernment of Conscience, Law of Gradualness, etc. are some of them.
March 2017 issue of Asian Horizons attempts to contribute to the ongoing discussion on Amoris Laetitia .
Suggested Topics (only recommendations, not exhaustive):
- Experience and Challenges of Families
- Christian Vision of the Family according to Amoris Laetitia
- Marriage Preparation Programme: A Critical Evaluation
- Responsible Parenthood and Parenting
- Conscience and Formation of Conscience in Light of Amoris Laetitia
- Continuity and Discontinuity of the Tradition in Amoris Laetitia
- Is there any Change in of the Church Teaching in Amoris Laetitia ?
- The Spirituality of the Family
- Irregular Situations and Pastoral Care of the Family
- Principles for Pastoral Care of Couples in Difficult and Irregular Situations
- Communion for the Divorced and Remarried Couples
- Accompanying, Discerning and Integrating Weakness
- Amoris Laetitia: Psychological Perspectives
- Amoris Laetitia: Feminist Perspectives
- Natural Law in Amoris Laetitia
- Theological and Pastoral Approach of Pope Francis
As usual, we welcome other articles on any area of theological interest and research.
Please send your articles  (4500-5000 words, including the footnotes) at the latest by 31 January 2017.  Kindly include the abstract of the article in 150-200 words, 5-7 Keywords and a summary of the CV of the author in 100-150 words.
Other regular items:  "New Scholars": Abstract of doctoral theses (recently defended and not yet published); Reports and Statements of important conferences, Book Reviews.
For submitting the articles and for more details: Shaji George Kochuthara (editor-in-chief): kochuthshaji@gmail.com
N.B. Kindly forward this to your friends and colleagues.
[ Asian Horizons , published from DVK, is a forum for theological reflection in the Asian context marked by economic poverty, cultural diversity and religious plurality. Although the focus is on theological reflection in the context of Asia, we also address theological developments and concerns of the universal Church and try to dialogue with the Church in various contexts. Hence we welcome authors from all over the world. Asian Horizons was launched in 2007 as a biannual. From 2011 it is published   as a quarterly. We have an editorial board consisting of members from India, other Asian countries and other continents.]
Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology
Themes: 2016-2017
2016: Vol. 10
March: Ethics, Theology and Technology
June: Asia's Women Theologians
September: Asian Christian Heritage
December: Conscience
2017: Vol. 11
March: Amoris Laetitia
June: Protestant Reformation after 500 Years
September: New Faces of Religious Fundamentalism and Violence
December: Asian Christologies

Call for Papers: 

International Congress of the European Society for Catholic Theology
And the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Strasbourg
Philadelphia : Le défi de la fraternité
Philadelphia : The Challenge of fraternity
Philadelphia : Die Herausforderung der Geschwisterlichkeit
Call for Papers - Parallel sessions /Appel à Communications - ateliers
You are kindly invited to propose short papers through this web link. The topic of your paper should be related to the congress theme (see last § of the resume).

Vous êtes cordialement invités à proposer une communication par moyen de ce lien hypertexte. Votre communication portera sur le thème du congrès (voir dernier § de l'argumentaire)

Sie sind herzlich eingeladen, Vorschläge für Kurzreferate über diese Web-Anwendung einzureichen. Das Thema des Papers sollte mit dem Kongressthema bezogen werden (siehe letzter § des Argumentes).

Accepted languages/Langues acceptées/Mögliche Sprachen :
English, Français, Deutsch.
Abstract length/Longueur du résumé/Länge der Abstracts:
max. 2000 signs/signes/Zeichen (=300 words/mots/Wörter)
Deadline/Date limite :
01/02/2017. To be sent/envoyer à
aetc.france@gmail.com .


Application Posting:
Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ

The Center invites applications for its resident program in Princeton, NJ, during the 2017-18 academic year, when it will convene an international community of research scholars in its interdisciplinary  Inquiry on Religion & Migration

Applicants offer a research proposal on any aspect of the topic. Scholars in the program, (a) work full-time on their projects in the optimal research environment at the Center, and (b) contribute to a regular colloquium on work in progress. The collaborative thinking of the resident research community is enhanced by a symposia series with leading thinkers on the topic, including Peter Phan, David Hollenbach, and Saskia Sassen.

The Call for Applications with further information on the inquiry topic and resident program can be found on the Center's website at:

The Inquiry on Religion & Migration is the first of four inquiries in the Center's Global Concerns Project, 2017-21.  Later inquiries will consider religion and inequality, religion and violence, and religion and the environment. For more information, go to:

Online Courses: 
Online short courses offered by Catherine of Siena College (University of Roehampton) are off to an excellent start, and students from different parts of the globe are signing up and enjoying them. So far, students have been able to take courses on Women and the Catholic Church, Migration Matters, Violence against Women and Spirituality and Social Action. Here is a comment from one of our students:
I found V iolence against women: War, the Domestic Sphere and Religion profoundly educative, inspiring and eye-opening. Learning the various course themes from the standpoint of a man and a religious leader, I was awakened to crucial aspects pertaining to violence against women I was oblivious to owing to patriarchal cultural upbringing and espoused religious traditions that were often characterized by marginalization and oppression of women. Evidently coming from highly informed positions of the subject area, the course instructors presented the material in a thought-provoking manner that shaped strong gender-conscious theological convictions in me. I strongly recommend religious leaders of different faiths to take this course.
Details of upcoming courses, and information about how to register and apply for a bursary can be found at  http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Catherine-of-Siena/. Email  catherineofsiena@roehampton.ac.uk for more information.

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