May 2014

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The newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church

Dear Colleagues,




This April has been a very exciting month for CTEWC.


First, the second book in our series, "Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in our world church," edited by Linda Hogan and A. E. Orobator has just come out. The book is beautiful and will be launched at San Diego though we are already exploring other editions of it for distribution elsewhere.  The book especially features theological ethicists from the Global South.  See more about the book elsewhere in the Newsletter or on the website.


Second, only one month after launching the program, 4 Theological Ethicists applied for our Visiting Professors Program!  We are currently working with colleagues in Manila, Nairobi, and Bangalore to set up their courses and arrangements.


Third, MT Davila has been organizing a committee to host a regional conference in Latin America two years from now.  On May 2nd, MT, Andrea Vicini, and I together with Alberto Munera at the Javeriana in Bogota will welcome a committee of 15 to do the planning!


In the meantime, we have some really insightful Forum essays as well as news on publications and upcoming conferences.


Finally I conclude this note with the news of the untimely death of Elisabeth Brinkmann, RSCJ who died on April 29.  Elisabeth was a wonderful colleague.  Her community posted news of her death here.


Let us pray this Easter, as we do all the time, that those who mourn now are comforted with the consolation of the resurrection.  And let me add that if you know of the passing of others that you send me the news, for we all want to know.


Easter Peace,






 "Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in our world church"



New vistas and voices are emerging in feminist thought that trace new directions and seek to rephrase the central questions of feminist discourse.Characteristic of this growth is the re-location of issues from the global North to include voices from the global South. This volume highlights the changing face and scope of feminist theological discourse, recognizes innovative research in the field, and facilitates a global conversation among feminists engaged in theological ethics in the world church.


"When, on account of certain structures, attitudes, or customs, the humanity of women is degraded anywhere in the world and for any reason at all, humanity as a whole is diminished. This is the ethical message - awareness of which is indispensable for all time - that this book

underlines and desires to implement." -Laurenti Magesa, Hekima College, Nairobi


"This volume is an astonishing contribution to Christian and Catholic theological ethics. The essays are elegant, insightful, and moving. The feminist perspectives they portray are varied in terms of issues addressed, methods used, and genuine diversity of voices from across the world. The book will be of immense value for courses in theology and ethics world-wide, but also more generally for educated readers in multiple contexts. I predict that it will generate profound insight and enthusiasm for expanding the horizons of our

theologies, and deepening our efforts at "faith seeking understanding."
Margaret A. Farley, Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics,

Yale University Divinity School 

View more information about the book, here.

CTEWC Forums from Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America

Sharon A. Bong, (Malaysia), "Not containing trauma and memory in the name of Allah."


Dr. Gillian Paterson and Joseph A. Selling,  (Europe), "Catholic Discourses on Population and Development."


Alexandre A. Martins, MI (Brazil), "Fraternity and Human Trafficking."

Other New Books Published by CTEWC Members

We are happy to announce two new books:



1)  Elias O. Opongo, SJ and David Kaulemu (eds) (2014) Catholic Leadership in Peacebuilding in Africa. Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa.


This book draws together diverse stories of Catholic leadership from different parts of Africa as well as collective initiatives towards social-political and economic transformation.


Learn More, here.





This volume contains the keynote and plenary session papers of the international conference, "Revisiting Vatican II: 50 Years of Renewal," held at Dharmaram Vidya Kshestram, Bangalore, India, from 31 January to February 2013, held in collaboration with several international organizations. The volume presents an array of renowned scholars from different parts of the world.


Learn more, here.




The Sad News of the death of Elisabeth Brinkmann, RSCJ

Religious of the Sacred Heart Elisabeth Brinkmann, an educator at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York, died suddenly on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. She was 53. Remembered for her vast intellect, dry sense of humor and intense nature, her life will be celebrated in a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 9th, in the chapel of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, 91st Street, New York. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. in the Society of the Sacred Heart cemetery at Kenwood in Albany the following day, May 10.

Read more, here.

Other News

We are happy to announce that we have already received several applications and will continue to read them!  



Application Procedure

The CTEWC Visiting Professorship program is open to application from any theological ethicist who wishes to teach/team-teach and engage in collaborative research work for a period of one to five months in a theological institution in another country. In the initial phase of the program, institutions in Nairobi-Kenya, Bangalore-India, or Manila-Philippines, will host the visiting professor who can teach in English. The CTEWC would cover the cost of the airfare. The visiting professor would not get remunerated but her or his board and lodging and basic health needs will be taken care of by the host institution.   


All prospective visiting professors must e-mail their application form as well as Curriculum Vitae to James Keenan, sj and the Site coordinator in the preferred host country/ies (India - Shaji George Kochuthara, cmi,; Kenya - Elias Omondi, sj,; Philippines - Agnes M. Brazal,


Here is a link to the application page

UPCOMING EVENT: HEKIMA Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations 

HEKIMA Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations

Hekima College,

A constituent College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa



DATE: May 19th - June 6th 2014


Venue: Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations,  Riara Road, Nairobi.


Come learn with academics and practitioners

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) is a Jesuit university institution that offers MA degrees and certificate courses in peace studies and international relations. HIPSIR, is part of Hekima College, a constituent college of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.



Purpose:  To enable participants acquire knowledge on conflict resolution, peacebuilding and reconciliation mechanisms and equip them with practical tools for social change.


Subjects to be covered

·       Conflict and Peacebuilding Theories

·       Conflict resolution mechanisms- Theory and practise

·       Historical analysis of the African conflicts: social, political & economic perspectives

·       Models of Peacebuilding and Reconciliation in the social-political context



Targets: The program targets university students, pastoral agents, and all those interested in practical and theoretical skills in Peace Building and strategies towards Reconciliation.



View more information, here.

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Other Publications

We are happy to announce several article publications by two CTEWC Members: 


1) Fr. Andrea Vicini, Boston College



 b. "Nuove frontiere della procreazione umana. Prospettive etiche"


 c.  Mapeamento do cérebro: uma questão ética?   |   Mapping the brain: an ethical issue?


2)  "Pacem in Terris in a Digital Age,"  Agnes M. Brazal. 


3)  Una nueva referencia de un artículo: Aldo Marcelo Cáceres Roldán, "Fe y memoria. Algunas claves para comprender el pensamiento de Bergoglio/papa Francisco desde la Lumen Fidei (I), en Vida Pastoral, Año LV-nº 328-mayo 2014, pp.25-30.


Aproximación al pensamiento bioético del teólogo Joseph Ratzinger

Aldo Marcelo Cáceres Roldán

Revista agustiniana, ISSN 0211-612X, Vol. 54, Nº 163, 2013, págs. 7-31


Etica social y ética de la vida según el pensamiento del papa Benedicto XVI

Aldo Marcelo Cáceres Roldán

Revista agustiniana, ISSN 0211-612X, Vol. 54, Nº 164-165, 2013, págs. 369-396


Call for Submissions

New Theology Review is now accepting manuscripts for its September 2014 issue.  The Deadline for manuscript submission is June 1, 2014. 




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