The First
The Monthly Newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church
September 2021
Featured Forum Articles
African Forum: "Rerum Novarum Revisited in Relation to People Rule and Mob Rule"
- Reginauld Nalugala

European Forum: "Moral Discernment in the Context of the COVID Vaccination"
- Sigrid Müller

North American Forum: "Lost in Space: Mental Health and Self Care"
- Mary Jo Iozzio
"The Multiplier Effect of Stan Swamy's Sufferings" - Stanislaus Alla

Latin American and Caribbean Forum: "La aspiración de las mujeres: hablar en nombre de la humanidad"
- Claudia Leal Luna

Junior Scholars Forum: "Love and the Social Mission of Marriage in China"
- Simeiqi He
In Memoriam
Rev. Dr. Jacob Mar Barnabas, OIC, Bishop of Gurgaon, India, passed away from complications from Covid-19 on August 26. He was a long-time professor and head of the department of Pastoral and Moral Theology at Jnana Deepa Vidhyapeeth (JDV) in Pune. On March 26, 2015, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Barnabas the first bishop of the newly established Syro-Malankara Catholic diocese of Gurgaon. He also served as the chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India Council for Women and a member of the Standing Committee. Some of the milestones from Bishop Barnabas' career can be found on his CV and his diocese remembers him with this letter and funeral mass.

Rev. Dr. Peter Ignatius Gichure of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, Kenya, passed away on July 31. He was a professor and director of graduate studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Upon Dr. Gichure's passing, Sr. Teresa Kiragu remarks that "a Mugumo tree has fallen" and reflects upon his contributions as an exceptional scholar, mentor, and community member. He will be missed by faith and university communities.
Virtual Tables
The Response to the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church: Perspectives from Theological Ethics

On April 26 a Call for Papers for a collection of essays on this topic was sent throughout CTEWC, with proposals due to the project editors, Daniel Fleming, Jim Keenan, and Hans Zollner (President of the Centre for Child Protection) in early June.
Among suggested topics were:
·      The protection of children and vulnerable persons;
·      Transparency and accountability;
·      The abuse and protection of adults;
·      Contextual case studies of abuse and response to it;
·      Best practices for responding to the double crises, i.e. abuse and its cover-up;
·      Practices for resistance in the face of / or dealing with abuse of power;
·      Responding to the double crises through reform

On July 4, the editors notified 25 authors that their proposals were accepted and that their full essays would be due by November 30. Editors will return the essays to the authors for final review in March 2022 with final submission to the editors due June 2022.

We will be publishing the collection in the CTEWC series housed with the Journal of Moral Theology where the volume will be fully accessible on-line and hard copies may be bought through Wipf and Stock.

While the book project goes forward, Fleming and Keenan will renew hosting their virtual table meetings in September.
African Regional Report
Recent Publications

Elias Opongo, SJ and Paul Bere, SJ., African Theology in 21st Century: A Call to Baraza (Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2021).
This book articulates, through diverse articles by African scholars, new trends in African Theology in a 'baraza' methodology, a Swahili word for a convened conversation aimed at deliberating issues facing a society. The book is a tribute to Rev. Professor Laurenti Magesa, who recently turned 75, and has immensely contributed to the development of African Theology

Teresia Hinga, Theresa Yugar, Lilian Dube, and Sarah E. Robinson, eds., Valuing Lives, Healing Earth: Religion, Gender, and Life on Earth (Leuven: Peeters, 2021).

This edited volume by leading and emerging ecofeminist voices analyzes and amplifies advocacy for gender and ecological justice in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, focusing on women who embody commitments to healing the earth and valuing lives rendered vulnerable by problematic social systems. The volume highlights scholarship on practical work by women globally, who labor toward greater justice in its multiple and intersecting dimensions and invites collaborative solidarity, advocacy for change, and realistic hope for the future.

Plenary Assembly

The Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) held their 18th Plenary Assembly from 23rd-27th August. This video offers insight into the leadership and critical work that sisters do in the region.
Asian and Oceanian Regional Report

Shaji George Kochuthara, ed., Vocation and Mission of the Family: Reflections on Chavarul and Amoris Laetitia (Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2020).
A collection of essays on marriage and family by scholars from various continents on Chavarul, a letter to families by St Kuriakose Elias Chavara, and Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The table of contents contains many contributions from CTEWC members.

Agnes M. Brazal. "The Last Rites in a Time of Pandemic." Journal of Public Health. May 13, 2021.

Agnes M. Brazal. "Inoculation Now or Later: Lower Efficacy and Vaccine Passport Concerns." Journal of Public Health. May 28, 2021.

Mathew Illathuparampil, “Teacher and Shepherd in Conversation: The Creative Interface between Systematic Theology and Pastoral Concerns,” Paul Pulikkan, Mathai Kadavil, and Peter De Mey, eds., Ongoing Renewal in the Church: Reflections from Patristic Tradition, Vatican II, and Pastoral Practice (Leuven: Peters, 2021) 195-208.

Lecture Announcement

The professorial lecture "Christian Theology, Human Rights Education in Light of the War on Drugs" will be given Dr. Agnes M. Brazal, on September 11, 2021, 10-11:45am (Manila time).

Call for Papers

Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology, calls articles for its December 2021 issue on theological perspectives on leadership. Papers are invited to address themes such as Models of Leadership in the Church, Theology/Theologies of Leadership in the Church, Female Leadership in the Catholic Church, Lay Leadership in the Catholic Tradition and Challenges, Transparency and Accountability in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis and New Lessons of (Church) Leadership, Leadership in the Church and Clericalism, etc. Contributions be submitted at the latest by 20 November 2021. View the Call for Papers here.
European Regional Report
Job Opening in Vienna

The Department of Systematic Theology and Ethics, in the Chair of Social Ethics, at the University of Vienna, has an opening for a 6-year postdoctoral position. They are looking for a scholar who conducts high-level research in the field of Christian social ethics or Christian social sciences and who aspires to an academic career.

Conference in Frankfurt

A German-language conference, "Thinking solidarity further following Oswald von Nell-Breuning," will take place in Frankfurt 29.-30.09.21.

Call for Papers

The Russian Journal of Philosophical Sciences is preparing a special issue on War and Reconciliation (with participation of the Institute for Theology and Peace Hamburg). The deadline for submission is the end of September 2021. The papers may be submitted in English or Russian. The guidelines for the authors may be found here. Any questions can be directed to Professor Boris Kashnikov (, one of the board members of EuroISME.

Recent Publication

In recent weeks, the Pontifical Academy for Life has published a stimulating appeal that deserves attention from each of us. Entitled “Rescuing Fraternity Together - A call for Faith and Thought,” a reflection is proposed on the role and function of thought - theological and otherwise - as a source of fraternity. As Antionio Autiero writes, "this is a significant attempt to create a network between people who are open to the search for meaning and promising ways of building fraternity."
Latin American-Caribbean Regional Report
44 Congreso Brasileiro de Teología Moral: “Amoris Laetitia: Cinco años de incomprensiones y resistencias” 22,23,29,30 de septiembre de 19:30-22:00. Informes e inscripciones.

Segundas Jornadas en Homenaje a Thomas Merton, 23 y 24 de septiembre. Para informes e inscripciones.


El martes 17 de agosto se presentaron los “Dicen, pero no hacen”, del P. Alberto Parra y “Apuntes de Teología para no teólogos” del P. Alberto Múnera. Para solicitud de envíos de libros en físico o por digital, con

Nuestro compañero Agustín Ortega Cabrera publicó “Filosofía, ética y pensamiento psicosocial hispanoamericano.“ Información del texto.

El del Instituto de Estudios Filosóficos, Teológicos y Sociales Juan Carlos Scannone, S.I., publicó el Nº 1 de Revista Discernimiento. Para descargar el documento.

Event for the Special Edition

On July 10, the Latin American Virtual Table celebrated the launch of the special issue of Journal of Moral Theology (JMT) dedicated to the topic of COVID-19 and Theological Ethics in Latin America. More on the event here.


North American Regional Report
Conference Invitation

Invitation to participate in the conference Reimagining the Moral Life: On Lisa Sowle Cahill’s Contributions to Christian Ethics on Friday, September 10, 2021 (late afternoon) and Saturday, September 11, 2021 (the whole day) at Boston College. The conference will be held in person and is open to the public. For those unable to attend in person, all sessions will be available via Zoom webinar format. To attend in person or remotely, please register on the website.

Recent Articles

Eli S. McCarthy, "What a truly humanitarian response in Afghanistan would look like," Waging Nonviolence, August 24, 2021.
Tobias Winright (with Jason Eberl), "Catholics Have No Grounds to Claim Exemption from COVID Vaccine Mandates," National Catholic Reporter, August 17, 2021.
Tobias Winright (with Jackie Turvey Tait), How Britain's Covid Strategy Puts the World at Risk," The Tablet, August 6, 2021.
Book Publications
Silas W. Allard, Kristin Heyer, and Raj Nadella, eds. Christianity and the Law of Migration (Routledge, 2021).

This collection brings together Christian theologians and legal scholars for an interdisciplinary conversation responding to the challenges of global migration. In addition to solo-authored chapters, its coathored, cross-disciplinary reflections address empire and displacement, global inequality, hospitality, sanctuary and migrant labor.

Philip Landrigan and Andrea Vicini, SJ, eds. Ethical Challenges in Global Public Health: Climate Change, Pollution, and the Health of the Poor is now available in paperback from Wipf & Stock. The book is the first volume of the Global Theological Ethics Series published by the Journal of Moral Theology.