Call for Papers
The March 2020 issue of Asian Horizons invites articles on “Synodal Church.” 

In his address on the occasion of the 50 th anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis pointed out that, “It is precisely this path of  synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” In his vision, the Church is synodal at every level—everyone listening to each other, learning from each other and taking responsibility for the mission of the Church. The International Theological Commission, in document Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Church (2018) has developed further this concept of synodality.

Though synodality is not a new concept in itself, Pope Francis’ vision of synodality has given it new levels of meaning and new vitality for the life and mission of the Church. Church leaders and theologians have developed further Pope’s vision of synodality, but this vision and its practical implications are to be developed further.

Submissions are due by 20 March, 2020. View the full call for papers and a list of upcoming edition themes here.

AMTI Seminar Report: Crisis in the Church: Ethical Responses
Association of Moral Theologians of India (AMTI) in association with Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore conducted a seminar on 20 January 2020 on the “Crisis in the Church: Ethical Responses.” The students and staff members of the faculty of theology of Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram and the members of the AMTI in Bangalore participated in the seminar.

The seminar was organised specially to reflect on the crisis in the Church due to sex abuse by the clergy. Bijosh M.B., CMI, Francis Chittuparambil, OCD, Annmary, CMC and Shinu Uthuppan presented papers. Bijosh M.B. presented the historical evolution of the crisis and the lessons Indian Church should learn from this crisis. Francis Chittuparambil analysed sex abuse and its consequences on the victims from a psychological perspective. Annmary spoke on the empowerment of women in the Church and emphasised the need of more opportunities for creative participation by women. Shinu Uthuppan addressed the issue of financial scandals in the Church and the need of a transparent administrative system in the Church.
Following the seminar, a brief meeting of the members of AMTI also took place.