The First
The Monthly Newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church
July 2021
Featured Forum Articles
African Forum: "Ghana's Uneasy Bedfellows: A Skin-Deep Muslim-Christian Harmony"
- Nora Nonterah and Kasise Ricky Peprah

European Forum: "Distinguishing the Spirits of Fatigue"
- Kathrina Klöcker

North American Forum: "The Antidemocratic Power of White Anger: Accountability in a Post-Insurrection Time"
- Michael Jaycox
"A Difficult Choice for Education"
- Dionius Bismoko Mahamboro

Latin American and Caribbean Forum: "La ética teológica social del Papa Francisco para sanar el mundo"
- Emilce Cuda

Junior Scholars Forum: "El derecho a la salud mental"
- Jutta Battenberg
In Memoriam

Rev. Dr. Jeevaraj Lourdu, Professor of Moral Theology at St Paul’s Seminary (Trichy), died of Covid-19 on 15 June 2021. He was an active scholar and member of the Association of Moral Theologians of India (AMTI) and CTEWC, and some of his recent scholarship in the field of theological ethics is available here. His students thought of him as loving, generous, service-minded and humane. He is remembered by colleagues as a simple and humble pastor with a deep sense of commitment and dedication to serve the poor. The leadership of the AMTI offers this obituary remembering Jeevaraj.
Virtual Tables

The Pursuing Health Virtual Table invites you to join a space for theological reflection on personal and communal self-care, fidelity, justice, and mercy in contexts of health and illness. We hope to develop a new approach to teaching medical and health care ethics in college that highlights diverse narratives, virtue ethics, and participation in the pursuit of health as a common good in light of Catholic social thought. If you are interested in participating, please contact the co-chairs by August 15.

Call for Submissions
Call for Journal Submissions: Rethinking Democracy

From Hong Kong to Washington, new questions are being raised about the shape and sustainability of democracy. The questions of democratic participation also find parallels within the church, as Catholics reflect on the meaning and value of synodality and lay participation in decision making. In light of these challenges, the 2021 Pax Romana Journal invites proposals (in English, French or Spanish) for its 2021 issue on the theme of "Rethinking Democracy." More Information is available here.
African Regional Report
Congratulations, Solange Ngah!

Solange Ngah, a recipient of the CTEWC African Women's Scholarship program, successfully defended her dissertation on June 23, 2021. The title of her thesis is: "LE PARADOXE DE LA PAUVRETÉ CONSACRÉE EN AFRIQUE" (The paradox of consecrated poverty in Africa).
The problematic she discusses in her dissertation is a reflection on the relevance of the vow of poverty, in the societal context of poverty in Africa. She looks at the nexus between this choice to commit and to live according to the vow of poverty by placing it at the heart of the development challenges of this continent. Join us in congratulating Solange for her persistence and hard work!
Asian and Oceanian Regional Report
Conference Proceedings
Jagriti Gangopadhyay, J Charles Davis, Shridevi Kalkoti, Farseena Khadeejath, and Sre Ratha, "Examining the significance of ethics during Covid-19: Overview of the proceedings of the 8th National Bioethics Conference, 2020," Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (June 16, 2021).
European Regional Report

Jornada pública, 7 de julio por la tarde la Asociación Teológica Ibérica para el Estudio de la Moral (ATIEM) celebra su primera jornada pública virtual con el título de “Hacia una teología moral en salida”. Con intervenciones de: el professor Marciano Vidal, el obispo de Porto Manuel da Silva, la profesora Margarita Bofarull, el profesor Julio L. Martínez. La jornada será presentada por José Manuel Caamaño, presidente de ATIEM, y coordinada por Roberto Noriega, secretario de la misma. Es una jornada totalmente online y abierta a todo aquel que quiera participar. Más información.


Tagung zum 70. Jubiläum des ICS Münster, 14.-16.07.2021.
1951 wurde das Institut für Christliche Sozialwissenschaften in Münster gegründet. Zum 70. Jubiläum findet von 14. bis 16. Juli eine internationale Fachtagung mit dem Titel “Christliche Sozialethik – eine zugleich sozialwissenschaftliche und theologische Disziplin“ statt.

Sigrid Müller, "Untying the Gordian Knot: On the Strengthening of Moral Theology by Amoris Laetitia," in: Marriage, Family and Spirituality 27/1 (2021) 49-70.

Sigrid Müller, "‘A Lantern On the Way.’ Pope Francis’ Path Markings for Ecclesial Ethics," in: Ecclesiology 17/2 (2021) 213-237.

Sigrid Müller, Piotr Jan Morciniec (eds.) Demenz. Anregungen zum Weiterdenken, ed. (Bioethics in discussion; 2) 

Master program, Germany

The practice-integrated master's program "Social Ethics in Healthcare" will start at Goethe University Frankfurt in the winter semester 2021/2022. Applications for admission are possible until July 31. Further information (in German).


On 11 June, Pope Francis appointed Rev. Mgr Vincenzo Viva, currently Rector of the Pontifical Urban College "de Propaganda Fide" in Rome and professor of moral theology at the Alphonsianum, as Bishop of the suburbicarian Diocese of Albano (Italy). Vincenzo Viva participated in the CTEWC-Conference of Trento (2010) and is in connection with our network. He is an attentive and remarkable scholar in theological reflection and caring in contact with students. We wish Vincenzo all the best for his next episcopal ministry and are pleased to consider him part of our CTEWC network.
Statement of Ethical Values

Last Days Today, the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), published its statement “Values for the future: the role of ethics in European and global governance”. The group suggests that only a profoundly inclusive deliberation on values can ensure a shared, egalitarian and sustainable future making.
Latin American-Caribbean Regional Report

El Comité de Planificación de Ética Teológica CTEWC LA, invita a la presentación del volumen especial en español de la Revista de Teología Moral Covid-19 y ética teológica en América Latina el 10 de julio a las 8am Bogotá, Chicago, Ciudad de México, Guayaquil, Perú; 9am Asunción, La Paz, Santiago; 10am Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Montevideo. Informes:


Publicação de artigo sobre Amoris Laetitia ZACHARIAS, Ronaldo. Amoris Laetitia: um “sim” radical à pastoralidade da Teologia Moral.

Publicação de libro ZACHARIAS, Ronaldo. Ética e Direitos Sexuais. São Paulo: Ideias & Letras, 2021. O texto fundamenta a eticidade e a liceidade de uma proposta de vivência democrática - responsável e emancipatória - da sexualidade.


44° Congresso Brasileiro de Teología Moral 22-23 y 29-30 de setembro de 2021 (lives das 19:30-22:00horas). AMORIS LAETITIA: CINCO ANOS DE INCOMPREENSÕES E RESISTÊNCIAS: o discernimento moral e a benignidade pastoral não podem mais esperar INFORMAÇÕES E INSCRIÇÕES.

Acceso a materiales

Para acceder al material del Simposio Internacional de la Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) sobre la Encíclica Fratelli Tutti donde participaron eticistas de nuestra red:

El 21 de junio pasado se transmitió la conferencia “Trabajo es cuidado. Cuidado es trabajo”. Para consultar el informe final del programa The Future of work. Labor after Laudato Si ver
North American Regional Report
Recent Articles

David DeCosse, "St. Thomas More for our times: not a culture war hero," NCR, June 24, 2021.

Pax Christi Award

Pax Christi USA recognized Bryan Massingale with the 2021 Teacher of Peace Award. This award acknowledges Bryan's "witness and leadership, his accompaniment and guidance of movements and organizations committed to the work of peace and social justice, and his promotion of the social mission of the gospel." Congratulations, Bryan!