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


Dear Friends,
 
Happy Easter!
 
First let me further update you on our week in Rome
 
Our week in Rome from March 12-March 18 had as its highpoint, our meeting with Pope Francis. But we also visited many other leaders of the church to talk about CTEWC and our forthcoming International Conference in Sarajevo in July 2018.
 
We visited:
 
Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, at the Congregation for Catholic Education
 
Archbishop José Rodriguez Carballo, ofm, of the Congregation for Religious Life
 
Cardinal Fernando Filoni, of Propagation of the Faith
 
Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, of the Congregation for the Laity, Family, Life
 
Cardinal Peter Turkson, of the Dicastery of the Service of Integral Human Development
 
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, of the Pontifical Council of Culture
 
Each Cardinal graciously engaged for roughly an hour each.  We placed the resources of CTEWC at their service.  They introduced us to their staffs as well.  Photos of our planning committee with each leader can be found in the photo gallery below or at this link.
 
We also met for some time with the General of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa SJ.
 
Finally, we gave lectures at three Pontifical Universities, the Urbanianum (where we were hosted by Vicenzo Viva), the Gregorianum (where we were hosted by Miguel Yanez), and the Alfonsianum (where we were hosted by Andrzej Wodka).
 
Second, More in our newsletter.  We are happy to feature the release of several new books, one especially is Joseph Selling's Reframing Catholic Theological Ethics.  See also the new Italian edition on Amoris Laetitia, edited by Stephan Goertz and Caroline Whitting.  See the Launching of the book on May 4 th at the Gregorian University.
 
Please also see Tina Beattie's call for contributions for a collection in preparation of the 2018 Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.
 
We have forum articles from around the world and Regional reports as well.
 
On a more somber note, John T. Noonan, Jr, whose works on usury, contraception, divorce, bribes are world famous, did at 90 years on April 17.  Charles Curran did a wonderful tribute to him here.
 
Happy Easter!
 
Jim
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo Gallery
Book Announcement
Reframing Catholic Theological Ethics by Joseph Selling
Call to Contribute
By Tina Beattie
Following the success of a book edited by the Catholic Women Speak Network and distributed to participants at the 2015 Synod on the Family (Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table), Paulist Press have asked the Network to produce another edited collection for the 2018 Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. Like the previous book, this will include short theological reflections and personal narratives from a wide range of Catholic women. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Tina Beattie at t.beattie@roehampton.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is 2 nd October 2017
 
Book Release
Amoris Laetitia - Punto di Svolta per la Teologia Morale? 
Edited by Stephan Goertz and Caroline Witting
Bogota Conference Book
Following the Bogota Conference in 2016, Emilce Cuda edited the following book of various articles.

Click this link to download the book:   Hacia una Ética de participación y esperanza
Click this link for the PDF version:  Hacia una Ética de participación y esperanza
Featured Forum Articles:
Peter Knox, Airbrushing Reality 



North America Report
By:  Tobias Winright and Anna Floerke Scheid
We would like to extend an invitation to anyone attending this year's Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) Convention on June 8-11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to join us for the CTEWC sponsored Selected Session on "Ecological Conversion, Spirituality and Solidarity." It is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, at 11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m., and will be moderated by Nichole Flores, with papers from Christopher Vogt ( "Ecological Conversion: A Call for Personal and Social Transformation")  and Bill O'Neill ( "The Ethics of Our Climate: Conversion and Ecology" ). In addition, we will allot some time to engage in some discussion of plans for the Sarajevo conference in 2018. Looking over the entire program of the CTSA convention, it is encouraging to see so many North American theological ethicists presenting, responding, moderating, convening, and more--we are active contributors and members! The Catholic Social Thought topic session, the Bioethics and Healthcare topic session, and Moral Theology topic sessions look especially interesting. We look forward to seeing you in Albuquerque!


Latin America Report
By: Emilce Cuda
IV SEMINÁRIO DE VIOLÊNCIAS, EDUCAÇÃO E SAÚDE 
XXIII JORNADA SALESIANA DE SEXUALIDADE

EXPRESSÕES DA BANALIZAÇÃO DO MAL NA SOCIEDADE CONTEMPORÂNEA
DATA: 26-27 de maio de 2017
LOCAL: UNISAL - LORENA - SP - BRASIL ( Rua Dom Bosco, 284)

TEMAS
Banalização do mal e indiferença social
A banalização do mal no campo político-econômico e sociocultural
A banalização do mal e a violência contra a mulher
Sexualidade e violência: as múltiplas faces da banalização do mal
Sexualidade e diversidade: os sujeitos na luta contra a indiferença
Compromisso com a edificação de uma nova cultura

CONVIDADOS
Adelino Francisco de Oliveira  (IFSPT  - Piracicaba )
Ana Cristina Canosa  (UNISAL - São Paulo - Pio XI)
Breno Silva Rosostolato  (UNISAL - São Paulo - Pio XI)
Bruna Lavinas Jardim Falleiros  (CRP - Vale do Paraíba e Litoral Norte)
Eduardo Dalabeneta  (Faculdade Dehoniana - Taubaté)
Ronaldo Zacharias  (UNISAL - São Paulo/Reitoria)
Rosana Núbia Sorbille  ( IFSP  - Cubatão)
Thiago Calçado  (FAPCOM - São Paulo)
Thiago Fernando Cardoso Nalesso  (UNISAL - Americana)
 
Book Release
Pensare L'Etica in Prospettiva Ecunmenica 
By Placido Sgroi
Read the book here
Call for Papers: 

Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology
Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2017
Call for Papers
500 YEARS OF REFORMATION
Ecclesia Semper Reformanda is the classical dictum in theology. But unfortunately, the actual plea for reforms in the Church from the part of the members of the Church was most often in history met with repression and elimination of those people who raised their voice for reform. In 1498 the Dominican Friar Savonarola's plea for a reform in the Church of France ended up in his excommunication and burning at stake. In the German Church the fate of the Augustinian friar Martin Luther (1483-1546) was almost the same; he was excommunicated by the Roman Pontiff owing to his 95 theses against the doctrine of indulgence and the aberrations in the Church of his time. His life was actually saved due to the protection and support he received from the German Princes. Today all the Churches, the Ecumenical Movement and almost the entire world are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation. Recently Pope Francis joined in such an ecumenical celebration at the Lutheran Cathedral at Lund in Sweden.
Asian Horizons would like to join this celebration by dedicating its June 2017 issue to Reformation. We would like to invite articles on the historical as well as theological aspects of Reformation and related issues.
Suggested Topics (only proposals, not exhaustive):
- Historical, theological and ecclesial context of Protestant Reformation  
- Ninety-five Theses of Martin Luther
- The Theological Works of Luther
- Various Protestant Churches and Reform in the Church [can be on any particular Church]
- Ongoing Reformation in India: Church of South India and Church of North India
- Ecumenism in Asia [Can be on any particular Asian country]
- Future of Ecumenism
- The Ecumenical Approach of Pope Francis
- Emerging Trends of Reform in the Church
- Ecclesia Semper Reformanda
- Common Statement on Justification by Faith between Lutherans and Roman Catholic Church in Germany
- Ordained Ministry and Priesthood of all Believers
- Papacy in Ecumenical Dialogue
- Ministry in Ecumenical Dialogue
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 10 May 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. Please 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                             

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Below Here Find the Information for a Conference
With the Congress in Strasboug

Book Release:

Christian and Post-Humanism Ethics

by
Mário Marcelo Coelho


Book Release:

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

by Roger Burggraeve

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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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