February 2015

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The newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church

So that you may BUY, READ, TEACH, and PROMOTE this book, we post here 4 of the 25 essays in PDF format just so you can see what a great and necessary volume, Hogan and Orobator have authored.

Second, from Brazil Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer advances the argument of theological education for women as a catalyst for seismic and ecclesial changes.

Finally, from the U.S., Shawnee Daniels Sykes looks at the mechanism of succession and perpetuation of patriarchal systems and attitudes, by looking at the phenomenon of women/girls as oppressors.

READERS of the Collection say that this is the finest International Collection of essays by Catholics on Feminist.

This is what Margaret Farley says:
"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."

Here is what Laurenti Magesa says:
"When on account of certain structures, attitudes, or customs, the humanity of woman 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."

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For the Forum, we are happy to have essays from: Carolyn Chau, Osamu Takeuchi, Marianne Heimbach-Steins, and Ken Ogot.

Finally see below Shaji George Kochuthara's call for papers.

CTEWC Forums from North America, Asia, Europe and Africa
Call for Papers:


Vatican II's basic guidelines for the renewal of moral theology are found in OT, 16. There are also pertinent sections in GS, 16 (conscience) and GS, 47-52 (marriage and family). Though Vatican II has not promulgated any separate document on moral theology, we find a tremendous development in moral theology since Vatican II. Perhaps we can say that this depends not only on the specific passages on moral theology, but on the whole approach that the Council adopted. Without any doubt we can say that moral theology has enthusiastically responded to the Council's call for 'aggiornamento' and 'ressourcement', learning from the 'signs of the times'. This renewal and development can be found in different branches of moral theology, at times leading to debates and even tension between moral theologians and the official teaching authority.



March 2015 issue of Asian Horizons continues the discussion on Vatican II, specifically considering the renewal of moral theology. 

Suggested Topics (only recommendations, not exhaustive):

- Vatican II's Call for Renewal of Moral Theology

- Development of Catholic Moral Tradition and Official Documents after Vatican II

- Continuity and Discontinuity in the Catholic Moral Tradition since Vatican II (in general or in any particular area)

- Magisterium and Moral Theologian

- Fundamental Moral Theology since Vatican II

- Theology of Sexuality, Marriage and Family: Ongoing Renewal after Vatican II

- Biomedical Revolution and Moral Theological Response

- Continuing Importance of and Debate on Natural Law

- Interreligious Ethics, Cross-cultural Discourse in Moral Theology

- Autonomous Ethics and Faith Ethics 

- Gender Justice and Renewal of Moral Theology

- Renewal of Moral Theology and Teaching of Moral Theology in Catholic Faculties 

- Contemporary Trends in Moral Theology



As usual, we welcome other articles on any area of theological interest and research.

Please send your articles (4500-5000 words, including the footnotes) at the latest by 20 February 2015. 


Kindly include the abstract of the article in 150-200 words and a short resumè of the author in 100-150 words.


Other regular items: "New Scholars": Abstract of doctoral theses (recently defended and not yet published); book reviews.

For submitting the articles and for more details: Shaji George Kochuthara (editor-in-chief): kochuthshaji@gmail.com

Call for Papers:
'Globalisation and Global Justice' Societas Ethica's 52nd Annual Conference. Linköping, Sweden August 20th-23rd, 2015


 The deadline is March 31, 2015. Papers can be presented either in English, German, or French. Please send in the following two documents as Word attachments to johanna.romare@liu.se

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