The First
The Monthly Newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church
September 2020
Featured Forum Articles
African Forum: "Covid-19 and Climate Change" - Peter Knox

European Forum: "Looking Backwards, Going Nowhere"
- Tina Beattie

North American Forum: "If You Sow Lies You Will Reap Violence: America's Original Sin is Anti-Black Racism"
- Mary Jo Iozzio
Asia and Oceania Forum: "COVID-19 in Australia" - Carol Ong

Latin America and Caribbean Forum: "¿Qué posibilidades tenemos, como latinoamericanos, de convertir la pandemia en una oportunidad?"
- Claudia Leal Luna

Junior Scholars Forum: "Youth and Church: Biographical Notes from the German Context" - Anna Maria Riedl

Book Series
CTEWC is inviting new proposals to continue to the CTEWC book series

The CTEWC book series responds to the challenge of pluralism, the call to dialogue from and beyond local culture, and the need to interconnect within a global church. While pursuing critical and emerging issues in theological ethics, CTEWC engages in cross-cultural, interdisciplinary conversations motivated by mercy and care and shaped by shared visions of hope.

Previously we had two book series, namely, the international series and a regional/continental series in Asia. Since we are moving to an online platform, we have managed to overcome the difficulties with accessibility, availability and affordability, and hence we will have a single series, “CTEWC Book Series,” which can be accessed free of cost by anyone who has internet access. Jason King has agreed to be our publisher and will provide at the College of Mt. St. Mary’s online access for our books just as he does with The Journal of Moral Theology (JMT). Print copies will be available for a modest cost.

We encourage those interested to read more about the new proposal process and send a book proposal to the CTEWC Series Editors: James F. Keenan and Shaji George Kochuthara.
Asia-Oceania Regional Report
Asia-Oceania Virtual Table

The Second session of the Asia-Oceania Virtual Table took place on 11 August 2020. There were four presentations on Covid-19 and its ethical implications. Caroline Ong, Stephanie Ann Puen, Stanislaus Alla and Mary Yuen presented papers on Covid-19 with special reference to the respective countries. The session was moderated by Daniel Fleming. Details on these presentations can be found here. The virtual table also discussed Covid-19 and other regional priorities.

Asia-Oceania Virtual Table for Junior Scholars

Stephanie Ann Puen and Pip McIlroy propose a Virtual Table for the junior scholars of Asia-Oceania. Details can be found here. Interested junior scholars should contact the organizers at and by 20 September, 2020.

Award Winning Essay by James McTavish

An essay of James McTavish (a Verbum Dei missionary, working from Manila) entitled "How Should My Practice of Medicine Be Different Because of My Catholic Faith?" recently won 2nd place in the "Best Feature Article - Scholarly Magazines" category of the Catholic Press Awards in the United States.

Covid-19 Publication

David G. Kirchhoffer, “Dignity, Autonomy, and Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources During COVID-19,” Bioethical Inquiry, (July 17, 2020).

Call for Papers, Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology

The March 2021 issue of Asian Horizons invites articles on “Authority in the Church.” Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2021.

Lecture Invitation

Agnes Brazal and two colleagues at De la Salle University, are offering a free lecture over Zoom: "Migrant Remittances as Utang na Loob: Virtues and Vices" at 10am on September 15, Manilla time. This lecture examines migrant remittances, which can be situated within the traditional gift economy operative in the Philippine lowland culture, that is centered on utang na loob (debt of solidarity). Exploring pagtanaw ng utang na loob as a vernacular virtue, it expounds on a theology of gift premised on creation as God’s gift (kaloob) suggesting our shared loob (inner self) with the rest of creation, and our responsibility to honor our utang na loob to fellow humans and other co-creatures. It then delves on remittance as an expression of the virtue of utang na loob, the correlative vices, neo-liberal capitalism as root structure of vice diving South to North migration and dependence on remittance, and some solidarity initiatives toward virtuous structures. Register here.
European Regional Report
Great Britain

Online discussion in commemoration of the first anniversary of the death of Gerard Mannion, to consider the contributions he made to the church, the academy, and the world. More information is available here.

Conference in Wuerzburg (presence and online) on vulnerability and human rights: UnSichtbar. Interdisziplinäre Stimmen zu Vulnerabilität, Vulneranz und Menschenrechten, 04. - 06.10.2020, Burkardushaus. More information is available here.

Job vacancy in Moral Theology at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) – a position of full professor. More information is available here.
Latin American Regional Report

La comisión Latinoamericana de CTEWC invita al 1º Coloquio Latinoamericano de Ética Teológica con el tema Covid-19 y los Retos éticos de la Región el próximo 5 de septiembre por la mañana vía zoom. Informes e inscripciones

Continúa el 43º Congreso Brasileiro de Teología Moral. con el tema: La moral del Papa Francisco: un Proyecto a partir de los descartados. Programa completo.

La Universidad Iberoamericana y el seminario eTHEOS de ética teológica invita al Ética Teológica desde las Fronteras los días 23 y 24 de octubre vía zoom. Informes e inscripciones fronterasteoló

Convocatoria de ponencias

La Facultad de Teología de la Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires) y el Departamento de Teología de la Universidad de Fordham (Nueva York) convocan a un coloquio virtual bilingüe sobre el tema “teología y crisis” en la antigüedad tardía y la alta edad media para el 23-24 de noviembre de 2020. Se aceptan ponencias de 20 minutos en español o inglés que aborden el problema a través de casos de estudio, reflexiones teóricas o exámenes historiográficos. Los resúmenes de las ponencias, de 200-300 palabras (en español o en inglés), deberán ser enviados antes del 10 de octubre 2020 a José Carlos Caamaño (, Hernán Martín Giudice ( y Emanuel Fiano ( Los participantes serán notificados de la aceptación de su propuesta antes del 25 de octubre 2020.

The Department of Theology and Center for Orthodox Christian Studies of Fordham University (New York) and the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (Buenos Aires) are hosting a virtual bilingual conference on the theme of “theology and crisis” during late antiquity and the early middle ages next November 23-24, 2020. We invite twenty-minute papers, to be delivered in English or Spanish, which will approach the question through case studies, theoretical reflections, or historiographic examinations. Abstracts of 200-300 words (in either English or Spanish) should be sent by October 10, 2020 to Emanuel Fiano (, José Carlos Caamaño (, and Hernán Martín Giudice ( Participants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal by October 25, 2020


Tony Mifsud s.j., El coronavirus: ¿una oportunidad ética?, Santiago: Ediciones Mensaje, 2020.

North American Regional Report
Employment Opportunity
Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute invites applications for a tenured/tenure- track position in climate change, environment and peace studies. See more details here.

Call for Submissions

Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice invites submissions for a special issue on "Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems." Pierre Thompson, the guest editor of this issue, wants to encourage Catholic thinkers to further develop the Church's official position on this topic, documentation on which is available here. Submissions are due January 15, 2021; view the call for papers here.

Book Award for Street Homelessness Volume

Jim Keenan and Mark McGreevy, editors of CTEWC's Street Homelessness and Catholic Ethics, won 2nd place in the Catholic Social Teaching category of the Catholic Press Association's book awards. Congratulations!

Recent Publications

Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler. Pope Francis and the Transformation of Catholic Health Care Ethics. Georgetown University Press, 2021.
Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler. Introduction to Theological Ethics: Foundations and ApplicationsMaryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2019.

Calls for Papers

The Journal of Moral Theology invites papers on
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning – Submissions Due 11/1/2020
Guns in US American Life – Submissions Due 2/1/2021
More information available at their website.