The FIRST

The newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church
 
November 2018

Dear CTEWC Friends,
 
Greetings on this All Saints' Day. With this issue we are pleased to welcome a new assistant editor for the First, Sara Bernard-Hoverstad, who will also support the CTEWC website. We wish to thank Jack McErlean for his faithful work over the last year.
 
We have also continued to recruit new writers for the Forum, including MT Dávila (Puerto Rico/US), Elio Gasda (Brazil), Dionius B. Mahamboro (Indonesia), Maria Inés Castro Millen (Brazil), Susana Nuin (Uruguay/Colombia), Anna Perkins (Jamaica), and Maria Cristina Ventura (Costa Rica/Dominican Republic). Again, if you would like to offer a Forum contribution, please feel free to reach out to your region's facilitator directly.
 
In this month's Forum, we have several essays addressing climate change: from Gregor Buss, a reflection on Jewish responses to Laudato Si' and from Michael Jaycox, an invitation to radically reimagine moral agency in light of the most recent UN report. Osamu Takeuchi considers judgment and forgiveness in light of the death penalty in Japan, and Alexandre Martins offers a timely analysis of the Brazilian elections and Bolsonaro's rise. Teresia Hinga issues a collective call to action in light of the work against "intimate terror" recently recognized with a Nobel Peace Prize. In the Junior Scholars' forum, Geevarghese Kaithavana analyzes religious and "constitutional" morality in light of recent court decisions impacting gender equality in India.
 
In November we join together in prayer for those who have died. On our Sarajevo conference page , we have now uploaded the memorial slideshow; we offer gratitude for the gifts our departed colleagues have bestowed upon our church and world.
 
Kristin Heyer
Shaji George Kochuthara, CMI
Andrea Vicini, SJ
Featured Forum Articles


Europe: Gregor Buss, Jewish Responses to Laudato Si'

Latin America: Alexandre A. Martins, 
North America: Michael Jaycox,
Junior Scholars: Geeverghese Kaithavana, Resonance of Gender Equality in India
African Regional Report
Conference Report: The Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) held an international conference on Religious Extremism and Violence in Africa from October 9-10, 2018. The aim was to initiate dialogue among religious leaders, scholars, and social entrepreneurs on issues related of religious violence affecting the African continent today. This year, the conference examined the strategies and responses applied to the problem of religious extremism and the ensuing violence in Africa. Full Report on the Conference Here from Toussaint Kafarhire.

From the conference:


Asian Regional Report
New Website: The Association of Moral Theologians of India (AMTI) has launched its own website: 
 
The website gives information on the origin and development of the association, meetings held so far, profile of members, etc. Publications, resources, etc. will be gradually updated.

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
Church-State Relations: Religion in the Public Square
De La Salle University, Manilla, Philippines 
July 26-27, 2019

Book Announcement:
The Ignatian CEO talks about the Ignatian way of leading people. Today, in this globalized world of commerce and communication, one sees a big leadership vacuum. In the corporate arena, we see unethical CEOs, navigating companies towards unethical profits, plundering mother earth with dehumanizing values. The Ignatian CEO, modeled on the leadership traits of Saint Ignatius, rediscovers relationality, responsibility and the much needed resonance. This book sees business as a blessing and stresses on the need for the option for the poor. The last chapter also offers the reader a "Tool Box" blending Ignatian insights with that of current management thinking.



European Regional Report
Nihil Obstat
Different associations of theologians in Germany - and also the  
association of Faculties of Catholic Theology - published a common  
declaration in causa of the renunciation of the Nihil obstat for P.  
Ansgar Wucherpfennig S.J., St. Georgen Frankfurt. They call it an  
unjustified offense to P. Wucherpfennig - but also to the independence  
of academic theology.  
 
BCE Conference


Latin American Regional Report
En la ciudad de Curitiba se lleva a cabo en la PUC (Pontificia Universidad Católica) I CONGRESSO INTERNACIONAL DO TEOLOGIA EM DIÁLOGO COM AS CIÊNCIAS HUMANAS: NOVOS DESAFIOS EPISTEMOLÓGICOS, del 29 de Octubre al 1 de Noviembre de 2018. Organiza: Alex Villa Boas. Participan algunos miembros de CTEWC: María Clara Bingemer, Emilce Cuda.

En la ciudad de Buenos Aires, del 12 al 16 de Noviembre se hará la reunión del equipo de asesores de la Escuela Social de CELAM. Los especialistas se reunirán con distintos observatorios sociales de la región con el fin de tener un panorama mas claro de los problemas económicos y políticos que determina al continente como el mas desigual del planeta. La pobreza hoy adquiere en la región los signos de: recesión, inflación, represión, nuevos gobiernos, migraciones masivas, todo un escenario que requiere de los teólogos eticistas.

En la ciudad de Buenos Aires, del 19 al 23 de Noviembre se hará el Congreso Internacional de CLACSO (Consejo Latinoamericano en Ciencias Sociales), que reúne a todos los centros de investigación de América Latina y el Caribe. Mas de mil investigadores llegaran a la ciudad. En ese marco, el GT (Grupo Internacional de Trabajo) CLACSO sobre Religión, Ética y Política, coordinado por Emilce Cuda y Juan Carlos Scannone, organiza el FORO POR LOS 50 ANOS DE MEDELLIN. Sera de un día completo. Son invitados del foro figuras internacionales como Enrique Dussel, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Mos. Sánchez Sorondo, entre muchos otros. En un espacio publico y laico se hablará del origen de la filosofía y la teología de la liberación, se hará homenaje a las victimas de esa corriente, se hablará de las manifestaciones artísticas que género, y de los movimientos políticos y sociales que se inspiraron en ese pensamiento de "Opción Preferencial por los Pobres". Varios miembros de la CTEWC formaran parte del Foro, como Elio Gasda, José Carlos Caamaño, Omar Albado, Emilce Cuda, Juan Manuel Rega, Ariel Fresia, Matías Tarico, entre otros. Cuenta con el apoyo del CELAM, de la CEA, de la UCA, de organismos internacionales y de universidades públicas. Sera un espacio ecuménico e interreligiosos.

Pablo A. Blanco nos cuenta que participó como conferencista invitado en el panel "Desafíos de la Iglesia Latinoamericana a 50 años del Documento de Medellín (1968)", de la "VI Semana de la Historia", organizada por la Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). La Semana de la Historia es una actividad académica dirigida a estudiantes, profesores e investigadores, y cuenta cada año con invitados especiales y expertos que, a través de sus disertaciones, aportan nuevos conocimientos a la disciplina.


North American Regional Report
Conference Announcement and Call for Papers:

The College Theology Society's annual meeting for 2019 addresses the theme "All the Ends of the Earth: Challenge and Celebration of Global Catholicism." This is a great opportunity for attendees of the Sarajevo meeting or any of the other meetings of the CTEWC to bring your scholarship, insights, or networking experiences to a meeting of moral theologians in the US. Deadline for proposals is 17 December. Also, note that the location has changed to Holy Cross College at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Dates: 30 May-2 June, 2019.
 

If you are a CTEWC network member who is not members of the College Theology Society, this is a great opportunity to join and to network at the next meeting! These affordable annual gatherings feature a friendly and fairly casual atmosphere, excellent keynote addresses, and many living and evolving traditions (like the 5K race, and the evening singalong with libations). The CTS is "a professional association of college and university professors. Founded in 1954 as a Roman Catholic organization of lay and religious teachers of undergraduate theology, the CTS today has a membership of over 900 college and university professors throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. While maintaining its roots in the Roman Catholic tradition, the Society is increasingly ecumenical in its membership and concerns." It also publishes an Annual Volume ( Orbis Books) and the journal, Horizons (Cambridge University Press).

Call For Papers
The Journal of Moral Theology is looking for papers presented at concurrent sessions of the Third International Conference of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, held in Sarajevo 2018.

Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology
Vol. 12, No. 4, December 2018
Theological Education: Challenges


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Kristin Heyer

Editor  

 

Sara Bernard-Hoverstad

Asst. Editor

(catholicethics@gmail.com)