The FIRST

The newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church
 
July 2019

Dear CTEWC Friends,
 
This month we celebrate founder James Keenan's recent recognition with the Catholic Theological Society of America's John Courtney Murray Award for distinguished theological achievement. His citation and acceptance speech, both of which underscore the significance of CTEWC, are available via the North American regional update below. We also congratulate Sr. Marie Rose Ndimbo on the successful June defense of her dissertation on hope, forgiveness and good governance. Sr. Marie Rose is the 6th recipient of the CTEWC African Women's Scholarship to complete her degree. Finally kudos to editors Antonio Autiero and Laurenti Magesa, whose latest volume in the CTEWC series, The Catholic Ethicist in the Local Church , won a Catholic Press Award this month (Catholic Social Teaching category).
 
We are grateful to see members commenting on recent Forum entries, and we are working to make topical searches of back issues readily available. In July's Forum, Emilce Cuda critiques the exploitative function of certain laws and powers of the state in Latin American contexts. Hoa Dinh, SJ, reviews the preparatory discernment processes underway in anticipation of Australia's first plenary council since Vatican II, and Tina Beattie analyzes the Congregation for Catholic Education's recent document on gender theory. In the African Forum, Peter Knox, SJ, highlights promise and perils of urban dwelling in light of the inaugural UN-Habitat Assembly recently held in Nairobi. New North American Forum contributor Aline Kalbian reflects on the political, ethical, and existential meanings of space in light of a recent jury duty experience.  Finally, the Junior Scholars Forum, Geevarghese Kaithavana reflects on Amoris Laetitia through the lens of the Syro-Malankara church in India.

A reminder to readers that there is no First issued in August, we resume publication on September 1. On the heels of the G-20 summit in Osaka, we pray that world leaders be guided by commitments to peace with justice and care for our common home.
 
Kristin Heyer
Shaji George Kochuthara, CMI
Andrea Vicini, SJ

Featured Forum Articles
Book Award

Congratulations to Antonio Autiero and Laurenti Magesa, editors, whose text in the CTEWC book series,  The Catholic Ethicist in the Local Church won the second place prize in the category of "Catholic Social Teaching" from the Catholic Press Association.
African Regional Report
Congratulations to Dr. Marie Rose Ndimbo on the successful defense of her dissertation entitled  "Hope, forgiveness, and good governance as signs of justice and lasting peace in the Great Lakes region. An analysis of the thoughts of bishops of the region (1994-2010)." The abstract of her thesis (in French) is available here. Sr. Marie Rose expresses her gratitude to the CTEWC network and scholarship fund for supporting her work.

The late CTEWC member Dr. Margaret Ogala was recognized with a Google doodle last month in honor of her 60th birthday. Dr. Ogala was a celebrated author, medical doctor, and HIV/AIDs activist. Longtime CTEWC members may remember her plenary address in Padua in 2006.
Asian Regional Report
Call for papers for Asian Horizons in the Dharmaram Journal of Theology  invites articles on "Biblical Theology: Asian Contributions." The submission for the next issue is September 1, 2019. The call for papers is available here.

The Annual Meeting for the Association of Moral Theologians of India will take place October 18-20, 2019. The theme of the conference is "Crisis in the Church: Ethical Perspectives." Conference details are available here.
European Regional Report
A new publication on Amoris Laetitia, edited by Antonio Autiero, is now available. The book responds to the question:  Is pastoral theology at a turning point, under the impetus that comes from Amoris Laetitia? More information and the table of contents available here.

Catherine of Siena College courses offered for the 2019/2020 academic year are now available here
Latin American Regional Report
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE CHILE - FACULTAD DE TEOLOGIA

LLAMADO A CONCURSO NACIONAL E INTERNACIONAL PARA PROFESORES Y PROFESORAS DE TEOLOGIA 
En el marco de la implementación de su Plan de Desarrollo 2018-2022 y de su objetivo estratégico de internacionalización, la Facultad de Teología de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile llama a concurso nacional e internacional para incorporar a su planta académica a cinco nuevos(as) profesores(as) de jornada completa, con el grado de doctor en Teología o equivalente, en las siguientes especialidades:

- Moral fundamental y social.
- Derecho Canónico.
- Teología Práctica.
- Historia de la Iglesia moderna y contemporánea. 
- Sagrada Escritura (Nuevo Testamento).

Más información sobre requisitos y plazos del concurso

North American Regional Report


Each year at the annual conference for the Catholic Theological Society of America, a scholar is honored with the John Courtney Murray award for excellence in the discipline of theology. In presenting the award, CTSA President Paul Lakeland described  this year's honoree as a theologian who "grew up in Brooklyn...spent years studying philosophy," and who is "giant in advancing a global agenda for theological inquiry..." helping North American theologians to recognize "much of what the future holds for the work of theological and ethical scholarship, north and south of the Equator." Excited whispers bounced about the hotel ballroom as those present realized that this year's winner of the John Courtney Murray Award, the highest honor bestowed on a Catholic North American theologian, was our own beloved Jim Keenan.
 
In his acceptance speech Jim movingly described how his extraordinarily close relationship with his brother Bobby helped him find his own voice as a child, and inspired him to amplify the voices of others by creating the global network we all benefit from today: Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. "I realized I could connect others so that they could find their voice."
 
Members of CTEWC present at CTSA joyfully celebrated with Jim that night, and we invite our friends and colleagues across the world to join us in congratulating him for this well-deserved honor. 


Jamie Manson also covered Jim's award and the work of emerging ethicists at the CTSA for the National Catholic Reporter.

In This Issue
Resources
Fellowships and Grants
Submit and Browse CTWEC Resources

Submit Your Resources
Send us your announcements, job postings, recent publications, etc. Submit here.

Browse Resources
Check out fellowship, conference announcements, calls for papers, publications, etc.  Visit the resource page.

Kristin Heyer

Editor  

 

Sara Bernard-Hoverstad

Asst. Editor

(catholicethics@gmail.com)