The FIRST

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

Dear CTEWC Friends,
 
Welcome back to a new issue of the First after our August recess.
 
We mourn the passing of Leo Pessini, MI, who died in São Paulo in late July. He was an active member of CTEWC prior to becoming General Superior, attending our conferences in Padua and Trent. His obituary is included below.
 
In September's Forum, Claudia Leal unpacks the implications of Pope Francis' "en salida" spirituality for Christian families in our day. In the Asian Forum, Osamu Takeuchi, SJ, offers a meditation on beauty in order and oikonomia, and in the African Forum, Peter Knox, SJ, reflects on global stewardship and "eco-imperialism" issues prompted by the Amazon rainforest fires. In the Junior Scholars' Forum, Kristin Meneses raises timely ethical questions about international relations and human rights violations in light of Duterte's support for Chinese infiltration of Philippine waters. In the North American Forum, Thomas Massaro, SJ laments the corrosion of civic trust marking the "summer of our discontent," calling for the revitalization of democratic virtues. Finally, in the European Forum, Marianne Heimbach-Steins calls us to deepen our ethical work on the global commons, prompted by last month's mourning ceremony for the Okjökull glacier.
 
As fires rage in the Amazon and protesters take to the street in Hong Kong, we pray for the healing of our planet and polities alike.
 
Kristin Heyer
Shaji George Kochuthara, CMI
Andrea Vicini, SJ
Featured Forum Articles
Africa: Peter Knox, " To Whom Does the Amazon Belong?"

Asia: Osamu Takeuchi, " Life and Beauty"

Europe : Marianne Heimbach-Steins, " The Global Ecological Crisis and the Global Common Good "

Latin America: Claudia Leal,  " Notas para una espiritualidad familiar en salida "

North America: Tom Massaro, " 2019: The Summer of Our Discontent"

Asian Regional Report
The December issue of  Asian Horizons in the Dharmaram Journal of Theology invites articles on "Religious Pluralism: Changing Perspectives." The submission for the next issue is December 1, 2019. The call for papers is available here.

James McTavish's essay "Jesus the Divine Physician" won the 1st place prize in the 2019 Catholic Press Awards of the USA and Canada.  The essay, published in Linacre Quarterly, explores Jesus' healing ministry as the ongoing work of healing continues in our world today. A write up on the award by McTavish's community in the Philippines is available here.
European Regional Report
Markus Patenge shares that the  German Commission on Justice and Peace published a new position paper this summer, " Outlawing Nuclear Weapons as the Start of Disarmament."

Catherine of Siena College is now recruiting for courses being offered in the academic year 2019-2020. Taught entirely online by an international team of specialists in their respective fields, our courses on gender, theology and social justice are intended for all who want to enlarge their understanding of these vital issues whether for reasons of personal interest or professional and vocational development. You will study alongside a diverse group of students from all over the world, and weekly discussion forums and live chat sessions enable you to feel part of a dynamic and lively learning community. Students who successfully complete the course receive a Certificate of Continuing Professional Development from the University of Roehampton. We have a generous bursary scheme for those who need financial assistance. Please see our brochure or  visit our website  for further details.
Latin American Regional Report
La red de eticistas católicos latinoamericano nos sumamos al mensaje de los obispos del CELAM, y de las conferencias episcopales locales, condenado el incendio de la Amazonia y la irresponsabilidad de las políticas publicas respecto al Cuidado de la Común. Tristemente vemos como se quema una de las principales reservas del planeta, como se han perdido vidas de animales y plantas, como esta cultura de muerte está maltratando a nuestro planeta, y especialmente a nuestro continente, donde la falta de Tierra-Techo-Trabajo tiene ya consecuencias gravísimas.
 
Desde Brasil, Ronaldo Zacarias nos comparte: 
CONGRESSO INTERNACIONAL DE TEOLOGIA MORAL: Realizou-se em Aparecida (Brasil), de 26 a 28 de agosto, o 44o Congresso da Sociedade Brasileira de Teologia Moral (SBTM). O Congresso,com 120 participantes, abordou o tema da relação entre Ética, Poder e Autoridade. As conferências foram publicadas no livro organizado por Márcio Fabri dos Anjos e Ronaldo Zacharias: Ética entre Poder e Autoridade: perspectivas de teologia cristã, lançado durante o Congresso. Outros dois livros foram lançados na ocasião: Conversas com Marciano Vidal, de José Manuel Caamaño López e Renovar toda a Igreja no Evangelho, de Francisco de Aquino Júnior. Professores da Academia Alfonsiana de Roma - Antonio Gerardo Fidalgo e Giovanni Del Missier -, e a Prof.a Maria Isabel Gil Espinosa, da Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, foram os convidados estrangeiros do evento.

ARTIGOS SOBRE ÉTICA TEOLÓGICA: Membros da Sociedade Brasileira de Teologia Moral publicaram suas contribuições na obra Ética entre Poder e Autoridade: perspectivas de teologia cristã: Ronaldo Zacharias: A demagogia do poder à luz da ética teológica; Márcio Fabri dos Anjos: Interesses religiosos da política e interesses políticos da religião; Moésio Pereira de Souza: Sujeitos éticos e poder nas diferenças; Luiz Augusto de Mattos: Fundamentalismo e intolerância na perspectiva da vida dos pobres, vulneráveis e excluídos; André Luiz Boccato de Almeida: Sonhar uma Teologia Moral ao alcance do povo. A Prof.a Maria Isabel Gil Espinosa, membro da CTEWC contribui com o artigo: Igreja e poder: imagem, testemunho e profecia.

CONGRESSO SOBRE IGREJA E ABUSOS SEXUAIS: Será realizado, de 02 a 04 de novembro de 2019, em São Paulo (Brasil), o II Congresso Católico "Construindo Identidades em Meio à Crise", que abordará o tema Igreja e Abusos Sexuais: a urgência de uma nova cultura formativa. Organizado pelo membro da CTEWC, Ronaldo Zacharias e pelos padres diocesanos Alfredo Veiga e Humberto Robson de Carvalho, o Congresso visa abordar o fenômeno dos abusos sexuais em vista de propor uma nova cultura formativa na Igreja. Temas como Os impactos dos escândalos sexuais na vida da Igreja, A etiologia dos escândalos sexuais, Os equívocos no processo formativo, Os desafios a serem assumidos no processo formativo, O significado de amar como pastores serão abordados por especialistas de várias áreas do saber. Maiores informações: 
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PUBLICAÇÂO: Membro da SBTM e da CTEWC, André Luiz Boccato de Almeida, publicou o livro: A tirania do prazer e do corpo fragmentado em questão. Uma proposta ético-educativa num contexto pós-moderno (Editora Tenda do Livro).
 
Desde Argentina Aníbal Torres y Pablo Blanco comparten:
CONGRESO SOBRE FRANCISCO Y EL DIALOGO SOCIAL: Promover juntos la cultura del encuentro, el dialogo social, el trabajo digno y la producción sustentable para el desarrollo humano integral. Participan: Juan Carlos Scannone, Maria Clara Bingemer, Emilce Cuda, Abraham Canales, Anibal torres y representantes de sindicatos, movimientos sociales, empresas y partidos políticos. Organizan: Universidad Católica de Rosario y Universidad Nacional de Rosario. 30 y 31 de Agosto, Rosario, Provincia de Santa Fe, Argentina.
 
Pablo Blanco nos comparte que fue nombrado Asesor Técnico del Instituto de Cultura Universitaria (ICU) de la Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) enlace . La actividad específica de Prof. Blanco se centrará en la articulación con las distintas Facultades e Institutos de la Universidad paradesarrollar iniciativas académicas y formativas orientadas al diálogo entre el mundo universitario, la Educación y la Cultura. Una de esas iniciativas es un ciclo de seis (6) conferencias bajo el título "Santidad: una propuesta para el mundo de Hoy" que comienzan el 29 de Agosto. Responde al llamado del Papa Francisco (Gaudete et Exsultate) que plantea la santidad como un programa de vida para el hombre actual. El ciclo profundiza sobre la vida de personas que, con distintas vocaciones, representan vidas y modelos creíbles de santidad. Enlace al ciclo de conferencias.

Desde Colombia María Isabel Gil Espinosa nos comparte:
CONGRESSO INTERNACIONAL DE ÉTICA TEOLÓGICA/ 44º CONGRESSO DA SOCIEDADE BRASILEIRA DE TEOLOGIA MORAL/ ENCONTRO DE EX-ALUNOS DA ACADEMIA ALFONSIANA DE ROMA: ÉTICA ENTRE PODER E AUTORIDADE. Cenários, fundamentos, perspectivas. Data: 26-28 de agosto de 2019. Local: APARECIDA, SP
(Casa de Hospedagem Santo Afonso -  Rua Padre Claro Monteiro, 152 ). Igreja e Poder: imagem, testemunho e profecia - Maria Isabel Gil Espinosa (Javeriana - Bogotá).
North American Regional Report
North American Catholics continue to both lament and resist the Trump administration's  violations of human dignity of immigrants and refugees at the Southern border of the United States.
 
The  Latinx Catholic Leadership Coalition is extending an open invitation to CTEWC members to join Catholic leaders from around the country from October 11-13, 2019 in El Paso for the
Jornada Por La Justicia La Jornada is a teach-in and public action sponsored by national Catholic ministry organizations, Catholic aid organizations, ecclesial bodies, media outlets, Catholic primary and secondary schools, universities, and more. Please help spread the word about the Jornada Por La Justicia. Some participants will arrive to El Paso individually or in groups via flights, while others are beginning to plan for busses and caravans to arrive together in El Paso.  If interested, Jeremy is happy to link you up with people in your area who plan to attend, as he becomes aware of these groups.   If you, or your Catholic organization, would like to partner with La Jornada, or if you are interested in attending, contact CTEWC member Jeremy Cruz

The June 2019 edition of the Journal of Moral Theology includes two articles  it has two essays that were expanded from presentations at the 2018  CTEWC conference in Sarajevo
by Cristina Traina ("Local Authoritarianism as a Barrier to Democracy") and Eli McCarthy & Leo Lushombo ("Rectifying Political Leadership Through a Just Peace Ethic"). 
 
We would like to draw to draw your attention to these two articles in the National Catholic Reporter, one co-authored and the other single-authored by CTEWC member M.T. Dávila. In " Faith is Something Best Lived on One's Feet " M.T. writes: "Over a year after the current administration's family separation policy was put in effect, immigrant children continue to be separated from their families, detained in horrendous conditions, with very uncertain futures and little hope of being reunited with their loved ones. This reality ought to move Christians in the same way that the Samaritan was moved to cross the road to aid the victim in the gospel of Luke."  M.T. also co-authored " Hate is Not Welcome Aqui " with Arturo J. Bañuelas, Miguel H. Díaz, Carmen Nanko-Fernández in the wake of yet another horrific mass shooting in the United States, this one targeting Latino/as and immigrant communities in El Paso, TX.
 
Finally, we would like to report that one of our CTEWC members, Emily Reimer-Barry, gave a thoughtful and challenging plenary address at last June's annual meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). It is titled "Another Pro-Life Movement is Possible " and flows from the idea of a Consistent Ethic of Life promoted by former Archbishop of Chicago, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin (R.I.P.). Nichole Flores, also a CTEWC member, provided an excellent response titled " Power, Politics, and the Pro-Life Movment ." Both Emily's paper and Nichole's response are published in full in the CTSA Proceedings .
In Memoriam

Leo Pessini, MI,  Superior General of the Order of San Camilo in Brazil, passed away July 24, 2019. He was a remarkable contributor to the fields of bioethics and theological ethics, and participated in CTEWC conferences in Padua and Trent. His life and work are remembered here.

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