Welcome to the FIRST

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

Dear Friends,
As you receive this issue of the First, we have posted the entire conference program on our website  here . We will be in Sarajevo, July 26-29, 2018. The conference is entitled, A Critical Time for Bridge-Building: Catholic Theological Ethics Today, our third global conference that aims at promoting bridge-building in a world in urgent need.
Specifically, the conference is a call to action to address three issues. First, the climate crisis has raised innumerable challenges, not only in terms of the instability of the environment, but significantly in its impact on already marginalized populations. Second, the sustainability crisis is coupled with the tragic banality of contemporary political leadership in too many countries. Third, these two factors pose urgent challenges that demand we theological ethicists deepen our networks of solidarity. Now it is the time for us to reconsider how we respond together to these stunning signs of the times and to the challenges that they raise.
We have chosen a site that bridges people from the Global North and the Global South. In the wake of its historic siege (1992-1995), Sarajevo today offers us three vital contexts: inter-religious and cross-cultural dialogue in a predominantly Muslim city (85%); peace building in the light of ethnic conflict; resistance and economic struggle (40% unemployment).
Because we have limited space, this is a conference by invitation only.  There are 500 spaces at the conference site; at Trento there were 600 participants.  Moreover, at Trento there were many more people from the Global North than the Global South.  Now in an attempt at equity we are inviting roughly one hundred participants each from Africa, Asia (including Australia), Europe, Latin America and North America.  As a result we will have more ethicists from the Global South than we did at both Padua and Trento combined! 
For this conference, the entire Planning Committee has been working together for more than a year. In the last five months, we have broken the upcoming conference into a variety of spheres: Kristin Heyer is chairing the program, Darko Tomasević  is site chair, Jim Keenan chairs relations and fund-raising, Toni Ross is the administrator, Tea Vuglec assists her and oversees visas, and Andrea Vicini is in charge of conference membership.
Letters of invitation from Andrea Vicini went out moments ago.  If you received one and plan on coming, you must register and pay the registration fee on the "Registration" form on the conference website set up by the travel agency Zip Viaggi. You can find the website here. Registration must be done before December 1, 2017.   By then we can assess how many participants we have and we will begin to invite more participants.  If you did not receive an invitation but want to come to the conference, please write to Andrea Vicini at Andrea.Vicini@bc.edu and we will put you on the wait list.
Moreover, if you are seeking financial support from your institution that requires your research to be presented at the conference, we guarantee that you will be listed on the program either as a poster or a concurrent session presenter. By giving you this guarantee, we expect you to register by December 1, 2017.  The call and acceptance of posters and panel presentations follow the December 1 st deadline. You can find the call to submit papers here.
Finally this is our most ambitious conference ever.   While we expect all those working in the Global North to finance themselves, we will be funding most of those from the Global South.  With higher prices for plane tickets our expenses expand considerably.  Moreover, moving from Trento where we received literally hundreds of thousands of euros in support to Sarajevo where there is more than 40% unemployment, means that our gifts need to come from elsewhere.  Can you help, by sponsoring a participant, by covering our housing expenses, by getting your institution to partner with us?  If so, please contact me.... At James.Keenan.2@bc.edu
Let us pray for one another and for our world and church at this Critical Time for Bridge-Building.

Featured Forum Articles:
Tina Beattie, No Fences Left to Sit On

Mary Doyle Roche, An American Horror Story
Book Release:
Rediscovering the Art of Dying by Sr. Nuala Kenny

Europe Report
By: Roman Globokar
Conference "Forgiveness and Reconciliation" in Sarajevo, 21-22 September 2017 (by  Oliver Jurisić)

On Thursday and Friday 21st and 22nd September in the organization of Catholic Theological Faculty in Sarajevo it has been held international conference with the main topic "Forgiveness and reconciliation: terms without content?". Conference gathered various lecturers from various parts of the world.
Ignazio Sana, Italian bishop from Oristano in his lecture entitled "Reconciliation and paths of mercy" pointed out considering scriptural teaching that mercy and justice are not contrary aspects, but two dimensions of same reality whose fulfilment is love.
Dubravko Turalija, professor of Old Testament at KBF Sarajevo entitled "Forgiveness and reconciliation in the Context of Kohelet havelism" pointed out on the distinction in Old Testament where a just person needs to remove himself from a sinner, while New Testament sustains unconditional forgiveness which is expressed in doctrinal teaching of the Church through seven spiritual and bodily deeds of mercy.
After the lectures followed vivid discussion about presented themes, and first day of conference ended with dinner.
On the second day of conference professor emeritus from Israel Avishai Margalit, Ph.D., held lecture entitled "Forgiveness: overcoming justified bitterness" pointing out that forgiveness requires a restitution and restoration of previous relations.
Professor of dogmatic theology s. Veronika - Nela Gaspar from Theological Faculty in Rijeka in her lecture emphasized Blessed Virgin Mary as an anthropological paradigm on the path toward reconciliation as a guidance and mystery for human genre as it is pointed by theologian Stefano de Fiores and emeritus pope Benedict XVI.
Josip Jozic, Franciscan and philosophy professor at Franciscan Theology in Sarajevo in his lecture entitled "Experience of forgiveness as precondition of forgiving" pointed out on that forgiveness is ethical phenomenon which has as well metaphysical ground. The forgiveness is condition for reconciliation in society as professor Jozić emphasized in his lecture.
After discussion and short refreshment, professor Jude Lal Fernardo from Dublin in Ireland in lecture entitled "Politic of compassion and forgiveness. Political, theological, and interreligious perspectives" emphasized importance and place of religion in public sphere which needs to be part of political acting regarding forgiveness and reconciliation, from which there is a possibility of the development of politics of compassion and forgiveness.
Professor at Theological Faculty in Rijeka Jerko Valkovic, considered in his lecture tolerance as a virtue under the title "Virtue of tolerance - foundation of coexistence and authentic dialogue" stressing that the fact of plural society sustaining different worldviews and systems of values requires from religious communities to actively participate in this dialogue starting from social teaching of Catholic Church and oh human person. After lectures there followed discussion and lunch.
Afternoon at 3 p.m. professor Stephen J. Pope from Boston College opened session of lectures with his lecture entitled: "Love your enemies: ecumenical considerations about Jesus' command. Professor Pope indicated that most difficult forgiveness is to forgive to our historical enemies resting his exposition on works of Thomas Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Martin Luther King, and Maxim the Confessor. Even these authors are coming from different Christian traditions, each them can suggest valuable guidances for contemporary synthetic ethic of love.
Marinko Pejic, Franciscan and professor at Franciscan Theology in Sarajevo stressed identification between memory and history as a source of possible political and ideological manipulations. In this identification a specific technique called "styling technique" removes unpleasant and scandalous historical facts which provides fertile soil from development of myths and  holles in memories, concluded prof. Peji cin his lecture entitled: "The manipulation with memory and history as source of conflict with specific end view on Middle East".
Oliver Jurisic, profesor of philosophy at Catholic Theological Faculty in Sarajevo based his lecture on the philosophy of language of Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor trying to indicate in which sense two types of language theories: instrumental- rapresentative and constitutive-expressive theories of language influence our understanding of forgiveness and reconciliation.
The last session of lectures opened Ana Raffai, ph.D, theologian from Rijeka who in her lecture: "Forgiveness and reconciliation - political obligation of faithful for peace" stressed that forgiveness and reconciliation are foundational values of Gospels, and obligation of those faithfull who claim that they are following teaching of Jesus Christ. This obligation can be fulfilled practically and theologically insofar believers are acting through forgiveness and reconciliation testifying their own faith and as such they are providing valuable and irreplaceable contribution to common good of society.
Last lecture on the conference presented Zorica Maros, ph.D, moderator of the conference and professor of moral theology ad Catholic Theological Faculty in Sarajevo  under the title: "When the punishment is perverse and oblivion impossible" pointing out that forgiveness comes up as an ethics of resistance to what is inevitable as an "ethics of bet" in humanity, as a possibility of redemption from evil which done or suffered. Lecture considered these questions from the perspective of society in Bosnia and Hercegovina pointing out that forgiveness contains in itself much more than forgetfulness, and much less than what is expected from it, namely reconciliation. After lectures there was vivid discussion which through which international conference ended.
Studies on Amoris Laetitia (by Konrad Glombik)
Recently has been published the issue of the bi-annual of "Theological-Historical Studies of Opole Silesia" on the post-synodal apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis Amoris laetitia. The main theme of this issue is if its contents can be determined as evolution or revolution in the teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage. In the research on answering this matter is an explanation of especially those contents of the exhortation which appear that they are a departure from the present position of the Catholic Church on marriage, and attempts to show a correct understanding, possibilities of their interpretations and to find the answer to the question of the issue. Nonetheless, this is an important attempt to show the way in which the apostolic exhortation by Francis has been received in different European countries and the status of its reception. The matter is the question if Amoris laetitia has been received with fear and anxiety and is considered as a departure from the present teaching of the Catholic Church or as an opportunity and challenge for local Churches and received with relief and calmness as an expression of the constant evolution of the teaching of the Catholic Church which sees what the signs of the time are and is not afraid to meet the complex problems of human life.
The articles in this issues of "Theological-Historical Studies of Opole Silesia" are academic contributions from part of the debates on Amoris laetitia which is conducted amongst theologians throughout the world. The papers presented herein are the fruit of an academic project in which specialists participated from different branches of theology connected with different academic communities across Europe. Some of the articles came into being on the basis of papers delivered during an international academic conference on apostolic exhortation which took place at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Opole on November 24th 2016 in Opole, Poland. Some of the papers are also the fruit of other conferences and debates on the pontifical document.
This bi-annual issue contains twelve academic articles concerned with the main theme which from a different point of view explains the matter expressed in the title question. Since Amors laetitia is a pastoral document all papers are concerned with the pastoral problems of marriage and are taken from different perspective. The first paper written by Eberhard Schockenhoff shows and justifies a thesis about a change in the paradigm in the theology which brings Amoris laetitia and shows new pastoral spaces which follow from the teaching of this document. The following two papers are concerned with questions surrounding the dogmatic. Eva-Maria Faber asserts that the basis of Amoris laetitia is to pay stronger consideration towards the variety of meanings of marriage in the context of processes of growth and stronger connections to the idea of mercy with the many complex situations of human life. The specific theological meaning of the sacramental mercy for people in complex situations is the subject of the next article written by Willibad Sandler. On the basis of the theological concept of mercy the author justifies the possibility of access to the sacraments for divorced people living in second partnerships. The next paper by Sigrid Müller explains in which way the post-synodal exhortation is a disentanglement of the Gordian knot between different theological disciplines, especially between dogmatics, moral theology, and canon law which concerns the problem of the statement of Catholic Church towards divorced people living in second partnerships. The author demands a development of the ecclesial teaching on this theme in these disciplines in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council.
Some articles of this issue are concerned with the specific questions of moral theology which are connected to Amoris laetitia. The first of them written by Ireneusz Mroczkowski shows the problem of the tension between the ethos of mercy demanded by post-synodal document and the dilemmas of conscience, which can arise in connection to the solutions proposed for divorced people living in non-sacramental partnerships. The subject of the next paper by Marian Machinek is concerned with the discussions on the indissolubility of marriage and different interpretations of it which are possible on the basis of the formulations of Amoris laetitia. The crucial idea to understanding the pontifical document is pastoral discernment which is a topic of the next paper. Anna Abram explains it on the basis of ekphrasis using by Pope Francis. On the basis of verbal pictures the author explains in which way the Catholic Church can become "a camp hospital" which does not hesitate beyond the letter of the law. The next idea important for understanding of the teaching of post-synodal exhortation is the principle of graduality. Its meaning for the interpretation of the content of Amoris laetitia, is the connection with others principles and new approaches in treating irregular situations are the matter of the next paper. Walter Schaupp stresses and gives justification to the continuation of the teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage.
The question if Amoris laetitia is evolution or resolution in the teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage is concerned with how it has been received and the reception it has been given in different local Churches. This problem is discussed in the next articles. The first of them written by Guszt á v Kov á c concerns the reception of post-synodal exhortation in Hungary and the challenges of the Hungarian society connected to gender questions. In a lot of countries Amoris laetitia has been received with enthusiasm as well as anxiety. Such reactions have been witnessed in Slovenia after the publication of Amoris laetitia as the next paper written by Roman Globokar describes. For people engaged in the pastoral family in Slovenia the pontifical document is an important impulse for the refreshment of pastoral activity in this field. The assertion from Amoris laetitia is that it should not expect solutions of the Church Magisterium towards all detailed problems which is a challenge for Christians living in pluralistic societies. Questions can arise in connection with this document in the field of morality and examples of problems in Upper Silesia are presented in the next paper by Konrad Glombik. The pastoral document by Pope Francis  contains a lot of pedagogic indications. The last article written by Anna Zellma talks about the pedagogic contents of post-synodal exhortation, especially connected to marriage and family life.
In the column Reviews - Materials - Reports can be found other texts on Amoris laetitia. There are three reviews on publications which appeared in connection to this pontifical document. Two of them are concerned with books which have been published by the German publishing house Herder in Freiburg in Brisgovia and by the French publishing house Salvator in Paris. The third review concerns articles on Amoris laetitia which have been published in the winter number of Polish quarterly Więz. The presented column contains a commentary on the document published by the Conference of German Bishops on the possibility of access to sacraments of divorced people living in second partnerships in January 2017. Last of all there is a report on an international academic conference on Amoris laetitia which was organised by the Faculty of Theology of the University of Opole in November 2016 .
The editor hopes that the texts in this present issue of "Theological-Historical Studies of Opole Silesia" on Amoris laetitia make a valid contributions to explaining the contents of this pontifical document and help towards finding a precise way of its interpretation. If the published texts will provoke new questions and discussions then they will have fulfilled the next important goal of academic contributions. The text are available on the website www.rtso.uni.opole.pl. The paper version can be ordered on the www.rwwt.uni.opole.pl .
Publication of the first volume in the series "Bioethics in Discussion":
Prenatal Diagnosis: Stimuli for Further Reflection, edited by Sigrid Müller und Piotr Morciniec
Two notices from Spain (by José Manuel Caamaño López)
1) "Godscience": Monologues competition about religion and science.
2) Simposium about Luther
Link to conference poster

Latin America Report
By: Emilce Cuda

Novedades desde América Latina by Emilce Cuda
Desde la red de teólogos eticistas de América Latina y el Caribe, este mes tenemos buenas y malas noticias. Por un lado, lamentamos las tragedias naturales que acontecieron en Estados Unidos, el Caribe y México; muchas vías se perdieron y miles de hermanos aun está viviendo situaciones de emergencia. Sepan que todos rezamos por ellos. Por otro lado, el Papa Francisco a visitado nuestra tierra y eso nos llena de alegría.
Consuelo Vélez : "Del 6 al 10 de septiembre el Papa Francisco visitó Colombia y su presencia constituyó un aliento moral en esta Patria golpeada por un conflicto armado de más de 50 años que hoy se intenta superar y salpicada por niveles de corrupción que afectan todas las instituciones, además de otros problemas ya profundamente conocidos: injusticia social, narcotráfico, violencia en muchos ámbitos, etc. El País se volcó a escuchar sus palabras y teólogos y teólogas estuvieron comentando y escribiendo sobre este respiro de "aire fresco" que trajo Francisco, adelantando de esa manera, el gran desafío que tenemos entre manos: escuchar sus pedidos que no son otros que la capacidad de comprometernos desde la fe con la situación que atraviesa el país y responder efectivamente a ella. El creyente ha de ser artesano de la paz o, mejor aún, como lo expresó el último día frente a San Pedro Claver en Cartagena, "ser esclavos de la paz, para siempre". En definitiva, esta interpelación ética a la construcción de la paz no puede dejar indiferente nuestro testimonio cristiano ni nuestro quehacer teológico".
Ruth Casas. "En los últimos días países como México, Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico se han visto afectados por fenómenos naturales que acabaron con la vida o con el patrimonio de miles de personas. La ayuda y la solidaridad no se han hecho esperar, sin embargo, hablando de mi país México, la atención se ha centrado sólo en la emergencia, en la parte sensible, negando dentro de algunos sectores sociales lo que estos eventos impactan en lo político. Desde mi perspectiva es indispensable no perder de vista este aspecto ya que no aprovechar esta coyuntura para empoderar a la sociedad civil y de manera particular a los jóvenes, es hacer a un lado el deber ético de transformar en la medida de lo posible los problemas estructurales tales como la injusticia, la impunidad y la invisibilizarían de los pobres. De allí que mi propuesta es que las generaciones de baby boomes y X, demos una muestra de apoyo y confianza a las iniciativas de los millenials y a las instituciones de educación superior a través de las cuales se pueden canalizar recursos en dinero o especie, porque es en esos espacios donde se cuenta con capacidad organizacional y un mayor conocimiento del potencial de quienes tienen en sus manos el futuro de nuestra región. Confiemos en el ejemplo y la formación que dimos a las generaciones que nos preceden, estemos abiertos a compartir nuestra experiencia y conocimientos, pero no pretendamos imponer nuestras creencias ni critiquemos sus iniciativas porque eso los hará sentir frustrados y los regresará a vivir en la inmediatez, consecuencia del desencanto que ofrece un mundo que no les ofrece retos y los ha tenido por mucho tiempo viviendo en la inmediatez.
Eventos académicos:
La SAT, "Sociedad Argentina de Teología", ha realizado su encuentro anual en la ciudad de Santa Fe, del 18 al 21 de septiembre. El teólogo invitado esta vez fue el Pro. Dr. Augusto Zampini, miembro de la CTEWC y ahora miembro del Consejo Pontificio Justicia y Paz, quien desde la Santa Sede y por conferencia virtual ha explicado los problemas del medio ambiente y la posición del Papa Francisco al respecto. La reunión de teólogos argentinos despertó el interés de la comunidad receptora de modo tal que dos de sus miembros -el Dr. Juan Carlos Caamaño y la Dra. Emilce Cuda-, fueron invitados por la Facultad de Filosofía de la Universidad Católica de esa Ciudad a dar una conferencia sobre "Dialogo entre Teología y Filosofía en América Latina", cuyo tema central fue un planteo ético-teológico ante el discurso hegemónico que no siempre amigo de los más pobres.
Irrazábal, Gustavo , "¿Desarrollo o liberación? Ecos actuales de un viejo debate", Veritas 37 (agosto 2017) 175-198. 
-------, Doctrina social de la Iglesia y Ética política, Buenos Aires, Ágape, 2017 (Nueva edición corregida y aumentada). 
-------, Ética de la sexualidad. Manual de iniciación, Buenos Aires, Ágape, 2017 (Nueva edición corregida y aumentada)
Pablo A. Blanco fue distinguido con el "Premio Estímulo a la Investigación 2017" que otorga la Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), por su participación en el libro "Hagan lío. Mensaje del Papa Francisco a la juventud latinoamericana". Según se señala: "el capítulo escrito por el Prof. Blanco, ubica a la acción política como una expresión inescindible de la vida de todo ser humano. La convivencia social lo coloca en la condición de ser Persona y, por tanto, su felicidad no puede escindirse del derrotero ético y de dignidad de la sociedad entera".
Aníbal Torres . En el número 25/ 1 e 2 de Espaços. Revista de Teología e Cultura, del Instituto Sao Paulo de Estudios Superiores, se publica el artículo "Iglesia pobre y para los pobres, programa de reforma eclesial en la globalización de la indiferencia" (pp. 23-42), de Aníbal Torres. ISSN 1677-4833
E-verba, Revista de Estudios de la Cultura
El tema de los dos primeros números de su relanzamiento será libre.
Entrega de las propuestas: hasta  1 de noviembre de 2017 y 1 de abril de 2018, respectivamente. Envío de propuestas a pec.unaj@gmail.com
E-verba, Revista de Estudios de la Cultura,  es una revista académica indexada en MLA y LATINDEX, que utiliza el sistema de evaluación por pares ciegos, para garantizar la calidad de los artículos que publica. Se aceptan artículos en las cuatro lenguas de las Américas: español, Ingles, portugués y Frances. Es editada por el Programa de Estudios de la Cultura (PEC), de la Universidad Nacional Arturo Jauretche (Argentina) y el Departamento de Lenguas Modernas del Berkeley City College (EEUU). Esta invitación a presentar propuestas está dirigida a investigadores en ciencias sociales, humanidades y artes, que aborden desde sus disciplinas el análisis de la cultura. Cada edición de E-verba se desarrolla en torno a un tema central que se recoge en dicha sección y luego una sección de temática libre. Para cada edición existe un coordinador o coordinadores del dossier, quienes son especialistas en el tema propuesto. La revisión y aceptación de propuestas está a cargo del Consejo Editorial de E-verba. Las propuestas deberán respetar las condiciones de publicación:
Con mucho agrado les comunicamos que
la SBTM (Sociedad Brasilera de Teologos Morales) ha realizado su 41 Congreso de Teologia Moral, y el tema del encuentro fue: "Fundamentalismo: desafios para la etica teologica". Sus directores, Ronaldo Zacharias y Maria Ines Castro Millen, han sido los compiladores del libro Funadmentalismos, SBTM, UNISAL, Sao Pablo, 2017 (ya disponible en espanol),, que contiene las conferencias y paneles del congreso. El mismo se realizo del 28 al 31 de Agosto en UNISAL, San Pablo. Participaron del encuentro miembros de la CTEWC como Elio Gasda, Alex Martin, Emilce Cuda, Rosana Mazzini, Amarildo de Melo, junto a otros teologos brasileros. Las exposiciones fueron de muy alto nivel y pusieron de manifiesto el espiritu comun de todos sus integrantes. "Fundamentalisto", segun los telogos moralistas brasileros, debe leerse en varios contextos -politico, social  y economico- como impedimento a la via evengelica. Ljos de una etica teologica, en su lugar el fundamentalismo expresa posiciones de poder conservadoras, y en muchos casos criticas a la teologia y pastoral del Papa Francisco, en quien los eticistas brasileros depositan su confianza para una Iglesia en Salida.
Felicitamos a la Facultad de Teologia de la Universidad Javeriana de Colombia ha festejado los 80 anos de su restauracion. Del evento participaron, invitados por el Rector Dr. Luis Guillermo Sarasa, eticistas de la CTEWC como Maria Isabel Gil Espinoza, Alberto Munera y Emilce Cuda. En comun, los panelistas han expresado su apoyo al programa pastoral del Papa Francisco, y se manifestaron criticos de aquellos que aun hoy siguen desconociento su interpelacion a ponerse del lado de los que mas sufren. El evento se realizo en Bogota los dias 24 y 25 de Agosto.
Santiago Espitia Fajardo nos cuenta que estara participando como conferenciasta invitado en: el  Diplomado Agentes de Paz y Reconciliación, en Septiembre 2, en la Sociedad Bíblica Colombiana; en la Conferencia Reforma Protestante y Sociedad, Septiembre 13, en Medellín, en la Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia; y como organizador y conferencista en Bioética y Reforma, en Octubre 19, Bogotá, en el Instituto de Bioética de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
Pablo A. Blanco comunica su conferencia en la ciudad de Montevideo (Uruguay) con motivo del segundo aniversario de la publicación de la encíclica Laudato Si' del Papa Francisco.  La conferencia fue organizada por el CEDIDOSC (Centro de Estudio y Difusión de la Doctrina Social Cristiana), y contó además con el auspicio institucional del CLAdeES y de la Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). En su presentación el Prof. Blanco señaló que Laudato Si´ "no es una síntesis - en el sentido de compilación o resumen de lo ya dicho - sino que aporta nuevos conceptos y paradigmas epistemológicos para la comprensión". Entre las novedades del documento del Papa Francisco destacó además "un giro epistemológico a partir de la perspectiva de "Ecología Integral"; el hallazgo de una nueva cuestión social de dimensiones globales producto directo de la crisis de la Modernidad, ubicando a la "Creación" (mucho más que la sola idea de naturaleza o medioambiente) como centro de ésa nueva cuestión social; repensando la Tierra como "Madre Tierra", como un ente vital, vivero de la Vida, y no ya como un resultado de fenómenos físico-químicos; abandonando la idea de un progreso ilimitado en un medio que no lo es y cambiando hacia nuevos modelos de producción" (cfr. LS, 22). Todo esto supone un profundo cambio de cosmovisión, que debe volverse una"Conversión ecológica" de la Humanidad, puntualizó.
Alexandre A. Martins comparte sus publicaciones: "Protestant Social Ethics and Catholic Social Ethics: A Dialogue Towards Just Health" inAtualização Teológica v. 21, no. 56 (May/August 2017): 323-343, available online at: https://www.maxwell.vrac.puc-rio.br/rev_ateo.php?strSecao=fasciculo&fas=30452&NrSecao=X2 .  "Domocracia Como Obrigação e Participação: Dialogando com Simone Weil e Amartya Sen" in Revista Paulus v. i, no. 2 (2nd Semestrer, 2007): 77-86, available online at: http://fapcom.edu.br/revista-paulus/index.php/revista-paulus/issue/view/3/showToc
Call for Papers: 



Responding to the religious, cultural, social, political and economic context of Asia, and drawing inspiration from the religious and cultural resources, in recent decades Asian theologians have attempted to develop their own Christologies. December 2017 issue is dedicated to Asian Christologies.
Please send your articles (4500-5000 words, including the footnotes) at the latest by 15 November 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

Themes: 2017-2019
2017: Vol. 11
March: Amoris Laetitia
June: Protestant Reformation after 500 Years
September: New Faces of Religious Fundamentalism and Violence
December: Asian Christologies
2018: Vol. 12
March: Asian Public Theology
June: Theology of Family, Sexuality, and Marriage: From Casti Connubii to Amoris Laetitia
September: Sensus Fidei, Sesus fidelium and the Magisterium
December:  Theological Education: Challenges
2019: Vol. 13
March: Gender: Theology and Praxis
June: The Theologian in the Local Church
September: Biblical Theology: Asian Contribution
December: Religious Pluralism: Changing Perspectives

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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