March 2015

Welcome to the FIRST

The newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church
 


 
For March's The First I am very happy to announce the publication of Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology, and Resource Extraction, brilliantly edited by Christiana Z. Peppard and Andrea Vicini, S.J..  This is our third volume in the CTEWC series.  There are more than 30 contributors in the volume.  Please see more on the book below.  Congratulations to our editors and contributors.  More in later issues of The First.

Second, as our first report on the Visiting Professors Program, we post a brief report by Sr. Ojo Anthonia Bolanle.  Next month we will post reports from two other CTEWC Visiting Professors one from Roman Globokar and another from Gustavo Irrazabal.

Finally see the Forums by Miguel Sanchez, Alexandre Martins, Mary Margaret Doyle Roche, Eric Genilo, Peter Knox, and Petr Stica. 

 

All the Best and Happy Lent!

 

Jim

 

New Book from CTEWC: 

 

Buy a digital copy on Amazon, Here.


 

To celebrate the launch of JUST SUSTAINABILITY, Orbis Books is offering a 30 percent discount on any of the three volumes in the series thus far: CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL ETHICS PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE (Keenan), FEMINIST CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL ETHICS (Hogan/Orobator), or JUST SUSTAINABILITY (Peppard/Vicini).  To order your copy or copies, simply go to http://www.orbisbooks.com/category-223
 


 

 

From the publisher:

This book is a study of the social, economic, and conceptual changes needed on a global level for all of life to flourish in the 21st century. It begins from the premise that any viable path to sustainability must also be just-whether as norms guiding policy decisions or in the development of a comprehensive ethics of ecology. The essays that constitute Just Sustainability explore and develop concepts that have emerged in environmental ethics as well as those that have become central to Catholic thought and magisterial teaching in the contexts of economic development, technological innovation, and environmental degradation. 


 

Essays are thematized around particular locations (Part I), global structures (Part II), and theological stances (Part III). Thirty contributors from six continents write from a wide variety of social, ethnic, geographic, and economic backgrounds. Together, these contributors identify pressing issues of environmental degradation, its significant effects, and a range of ethical and moral responses. Just Sustainability represents an important contribution to discourse and discernment in both environmental ethics and ecological theology. 


 

Christiana Z. Peppard is assistant professor of theology, science, and ethics at Fordham University, where she is affiliated faculty in American Studies and Environmental Studies. Recipient of the 2013 Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America, she is author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis. 


 

Andrea Vicini, S.J. is associate professor of moral theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. His scholarly interests and publications focus on theological bioethics, sustainability, and new biotechnologies. He is the author of the forthcoming Emerging Issues in Theological Bioethics: Global Health, Regenerative Medicine, Neuroscience, Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology.

 

A Report from our first CTEWC Visiting Professors: Ojo Bolanle Bimbo.

By: Ojo Bolanle Bimbo (For a bio, visit here).
 

A post-doctoral fellowship is a temporary programme in which an individual with a doctoral degree obtains mentored training intended to enhance professional skills. It is often an ideal way to obtain the experience necessary to achieve one's career goals. Examples of mentoring activities include: writing articles, publications and presentation; participating in seminars, consulting with scholars and graduate students; and, attending meetings and conferences. All these aimed at guidance on how to effectively collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary areas which will eventually broaden my horizon and stimulate my research ability.

 

As one of the CTEWC scholarship beneficiaries, I am privileged to be a post-doctoral student under the mentorship of Jim Keenan, Canisius Professor, Theology Department, Boston College. At the commencement of the Winter Semester on 12th January, 2015, I was warmly welcomed by Jim to Boston College. Although it was around the peak of winter, and immediate adjustment was not smooth, however, through his encouragement and support, I was able to settle down quickly. Thanks to him!

 

One of my major activities in the university is to research and write articles. Presently, I am researching on the topic: "The Church as a Catalyst for Poverty Alleviation in Nigeria" intended to be published in the third volume of Theological Ethical Moral Series (TEMS) edited by Dr. Anozie Onyema. In this article, I am examining the sub-standard human conditions of many people in Nigeria and the causes of poverty in a country that is richly endowed with both mineral and natural resources. Considering the social teachings of the Church which regards concern for the poor as her basic duty on earth, it therefore proposes the Church to be more proactive in poverty alleviation in the country. The Church by virtue of her moral and spiritual mandate has the potential to become a catalyst for poverty alleviation in Nigeria. This will consequently make the Nigerian Church "A Church that is poor and for the poor" (Pope Francis). There will be a departmental presentation of this article immediately after Easter celebration break.

 

As part of my other activities, I also audit a course - Seminar Class - which is the only class-like event that I am involved in. With this, I have the opportunity to participate in seminars through listening and interacting with the doctoral students and the professors in the Department.

 

I also have the privilege of meeting in person and interacting with some renowned scholars in the field of Moral Theology that I have read their numerous writings, such as David Hollenbach, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Andrea Vicini, and Kenneth Himes. These too have been providing guidance on how to effectively collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary areas.

 

The programme concludes with the CTSA Conference in Milwakuee which comes up on 11th through 14th June, 2015. Assessing the post-doctoral fellowship, I am convinced that it will enable me to build on my existing research skills and allow me to develop as an independent researcher by acquiring new techniques. The programme would help me to be better equipped for future academic endeavours.

 

Finally, I see this post-doctoral period as my transitional state. It is a stepping stone to becoming a professional in the field of Moral Theology. And like all periods of transition, it is challenging but interesting. I use this medium to show my deepest gratitude to the CTEWC and all our sponsors for affording me this rare privilege and opportunity, God will reward you all with eternal life. Thank you all!

 

 

Read More: http://www.catholicethics.com/programs/scholarship-african-women/first-report 

 

CTEWC Forums from North America, Asia, Europe and Africa
Regional News:

Novedades de América Latina:

From MT Dávila

 

Brasil:

Alexandre A. Martins comparte las siguientes publicaciones:

_____. Introdução à Cristologia Latino-Americana: Cristologia no Encontro com a Realidade Pobre e Plural da América Latin (São Paulo: Paulus, 2014). En línea: http://www.paulus.com.br/loja/introducao-a-cristologia-latinoamericana-cristologia-no-encontro-com-a-realidade-pobre-e-plural-da-america-latina_p_3829.html 


 

_____. "Health Justice: A liberation Approach to Justice in Health Care" in Health Care Ethics USA  22/3 (summer, 2014): 1-14.

En línea: https://www.chausa.org/docs/default-source/hceusa/healthy-justice-a-liberation-approach-to-justice-in-health-care.pdf?sfvrsn=2


 

______. "Preferential Option for the Poor and Equity in Health" in Rivisita Camillianum 40 (2014): 31-48.

En línea: http://www.camillianum.it/rivista-camillianum/nuova-serie/anno-xiv-2014/anno-xiv-2014-numero-40 


 

Ronaldo Zacharias informa los datos sobre el próximo Congreso de Teología Moral en Brasil:

XXXIX CONGRESSO DE TEOLOGIA MORAL - SÃO PAULO - 31.08-03.09/2015

Centro Universitário São Camilo - Campus Pompéia (Rua Raul Pompeia, 144 - São Paulo)

FUNDAMENTOS DE LA TEOLOGÍA MORAL EN LA ACTUALIDAD: Desafíos y perspectivas en la enseñanza de la Teología Moral


TEMAS:

Giros epistémicos de la ética de hoy

Los impactos de la realidad en la formación del discípulo

Fundamentos bíblicos de  la moral Cristiana

La vocación sublime de la fé en Cristo

La obligación de producir frutos de la caridad para la vida del mundo

La comunidad moral: pluralidad de narrativas

La enseñanza de la teología moral en Brasil: ¿qué o cómo se hace? ¿Qué deberíamos hacer?

CONFERENCISTAS:

Adalton Roberto Demarchi (PUC - Campinas)

Antonio Edson Bantim Oliveira (IFT - Crato)

Cássia Quelho Tavares (PUC - RJ)

Dom Luiz Demétrio Valentini (Bispo de Jales)

Franklin Leopoldo e Silva (USP - São Paulo)

Leo Pessini (São Camilo)

Luiz Augusto de Mattos (USF - ITESP)

Márcio Fabri dos Anjos (São Camilo)

Moésio Pereira de Souza (Faculdade Católica - Fortaleza)

Nilo Agostini (USF)

Ricardo Hoepers (Studium Theologicum - Curitiba)

Rita de Cássia Ló (PUC - Campinas)

Ronaldo Zacharias (UNISAL)

Sérgio Grigoleto (UNICAP - Recife)

Wagner Ferreira da Silva (Inst. de Teologia Bento XVI - Cachoeira Paulista)

Para inscribirse: www.sbtmpesquisadores.org.br


México:

Miguel Angel Sánchez Carlos comparte lo siguiente:

Hemos iniciado en la Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México el diplomado: "La cultura de la vida en el mundo contemporáneo. Bioética".

Este diplomado está siendo impartido en forma totalmente interdisciplinar, entre las instancias académicas de la universidad tales como Derecho,  Ciencias Religiosas e Ingeniería y Ciencias Químicas. Su perspectiva es, por tanto, médico-biológica, filosófica, teológico-religiosa, socio-antropológica y jurídica. Adjunto incluimos el afiche del programa:


Puerto Rico:

MT Dávila anuncia sus más recientes publicaciones:

_____.  "Latino/a Ethics." Blackwell Companion to Latino/a Theology. Edited by Orlando Espín (London, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

_____. "Interrupting Augustine's Inheritance: Breaking the Dominance of Power and Order in Augustine's Development of an Ethic of War Through Latino/a Theology." Augustine and Social Ethics (part of the "Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation" Series). Edited by Kim Paffenroth and Teresa Delgado (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

_____. [Reseña] "Daniel Groody, The Preferential Option for the Poor: Beyond Theology." American Catholic Studies (Fall, 2014).

_____.  [Reseña] "Miguel de la Torre, Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins (2nd edition revised and expanded)." Christian Century (Fall, 2014).


News from Latin America:

Brasil:

Alexandre A. Martins shares his most recent publications:

_____. Introdução à Cristologia Latino-Americana: Cristologia no Encontro com a Realidade Pobre e Plural da América Latin (São Paulo: Paulus, 2014). En línea: http://www.paulus.com.br/loja/introducao-a-cristologia-latinoamericana-cristologia-no-encontro-com-a-realidade-pobre-e-plural-da-america-latina_p_3829.html 


 

_____. "Health Justice: A liberation Approach to Justice in Health Care" in Health Care Ethics USA  22/3 (summer, 2014): 1-14.

En línea: https://www.chausa.org/docs/default-source/hceusa/healthy-justice-a-liberation-approach-to-justice-in-health-care.pdf?sfvrsn=2 


 

______. "Preferential Option for the Poor and Equity in Health" in Rivisita Camillianum 40 (2014): 31-48.

En línea: http://www.camillianum.it/rivista-camillianum/nuova-serie/anno-xiv-2014/anno-xiv-2014-numero-40 


 

Ronaldo Zacharias announces the details from the next Congress of Moral Theology:

XXXIX CONGRESSO DE TEOLOGIA MORAL - SÃO PAULO - 31.08-03.09/2015

Centro Universitário São Camilo - Campus Pompéia (Rua Raul Pompeia, 144 - São Paulo)

Foundations of Moral Theology Today: Challenges and perspectives from the teaching of of Moral Theology


 

Themes:

Epistemic turns in today's ethics

The impact from reality in the formation of disciples

Biblical foundations of Christian morality

The sublime vocation of faith in Christ

The duty to bear the fruits of charity for life in the world

The moral community: plurality of narratives

Moral theology education in Brazil: What is being done and how? What should be done?


 

Speakers:

Adalton Roberto Demarchi (PUC - Campinas)

Antonio Edson Bantim Oliveira (IFT - Crato)

Cássia Quelho Tavares (PUC - RJ)

Dom Luiz Demétrio Valentini (Bispo de Jales)

Franklin Leopoldo e Silva (USP - São Paulo)

Leo Pessini (São Camilo)

Luiz Augusto de Mattos (USF - ITESP)

Márcio Fabri dos Anjos (São Camilo)

Moésio Pereira de Souza (Faculdade Católica - Fortaleza)

Nilo Agostini (USF)

Ricardo Hoepers (Studium Theologicum - Curitiba)

Rita de Cássia Ló (PUC - Campinas)

Ronaldo Zacharias (UNISAL)

Sérgio Grigoleto (UNICAP - Recife)

Wagner Ferreira da Silva (Inst. de Teologia Bento XVI - Cachoeira Paulista)

Para inscribirse: www.sbtmpesquisadores.org.br


México:

Miguel Angel Sánchez Carlos shares the news of the new program in Bioethics at the Iberoamericana:

We have begun a new degree at the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City: "The culture of life in today's world: Bioethics".

This degree will be taught in a complete interdisciplinary way, throughout the academic specialties of the University, such as Law, Religious Studies, Engineering, and Chemistry. It's perspective will be medical-biological, philosophical, theological-religious, socio-anthropological, and legal. We include the informational bulletin below:


Puerto Rico:

MT Dávila shares her most recent publications:

_____.  "Latino/a Ethics." Blackwell Companion to Latino/a Theology. Edited by Orlando Espín (London, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

_____. "Interrupting Augustine's Inheritance: Breaking the Dominance of Power and Order in Augustine's Development of an Ethic of War Through Latino/a Theology." Augustine and Social Ethics (part of the "Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation" Series). Edited by Kim Paffenroth and Teresa Delgado (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

_____. [Book Review] "Daniel Groody, The Preferential Option for the Poor: Beyond Theology." American Catholic Studies (Fall, 2014).

_____.  [Book Review] "Miguel de la Torre, Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins (2nd edition revised and expanded)." Christian Century (Fall, 2014).




Call for Papers:

Vatican II - Remembering the Future:

Ecumenical, Interfaith and Secular Perspectives on the Council's Impact and Promise

 

May 21-24, 2015

 

http://dc2015.ei-research.net

 

You are warmly invited to be part of a major international event exploring the Second Vatican Council's impact and enduring legacy through the eyes ofscholars and practitioners from beyond the Roman Catholic world, alongside perspectives from prominent Roman Catholics. The gathering will feature contributions from Christians belonging to other churches, figures from other faith traditions and leading secular thinkers alike as well as a host of prominent names in Catholic scholarship. This will be one of the most significant events in the US and indeed globally to mark the end of the cycle of fiftieth-anniversary programs in relation to the Second Vatican Council.

 

Among the keynote speakers will be Cardinal Walter Kasper (who was for many years President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity), Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue) and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila (one of Pope Francis' trusted advisors and noted church historian). Among the highlights will be an ecumenical prayer service at Washington National Cathedral.

 

The Gathering's Program

Day 1: Thursday May 21st: Vatican II - Revisiting the Vision - Venue: Georgetown University

Day 2: Friday May 22nd - Opening to the World - Venue: Georgetown University

Day 3: Saturday May 23rd - Church and Churches - Venues: Washington National Cathedral & Marymount University

Day 4: Sunday May 25th - Religion - Opening to Other Faiths - Venue: Georgetown University

 

A collaborative initiative between Georgetown University, the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network (www.ei-research.net), Marymount University and Washington National Cathedral, it will bring together participants from most continents and to involve established scholars as well as emerging voices in the differing fields alike. The intention is not merely to have academic reflections on dialogue but for participants to engage one another in dialogue during and beyond the gathering itself.

 

Further details at http://dc2015.ei-research.net

 

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

 http://www.societasethica.info/annual-conference-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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