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The newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church
 
April 2016

Doing Asian Theological Ethics



Dear Friends,

See below the sad news of the tragic death of ANTONIO MOSER  in Brazil, but the wonderful news from MT DAVILA about all the Participants for BOGOTA in May.  See also our Forum Contributions. Stay tuned next month for our last-minute preparations on Bogotá. For now...


Launching DOING ASIAN THEOLOGICAL ETHICS
in a Cross-cultural and Interreligious Context
 
This collection is a perfect introduction to Asian Theological Ethics
 
Getting COMPLIMENTARY Copies
1.  Shaji George Kochuthara has written to all the 27 contributors to the book and to the 13 members of the Editorial Board.  You will be receiving your copy from him.
2. If you want a complimentary copy to review for a journal, please send your name and address to Toni Ross at toni.ross@bc.edu
Tell her also the name of the journal and when you expect the review would be published.
Ordering Copies
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If you are from the United States, please disregard the advertisement (we can send it to you for the same price but much more quickly).  We received a shipment here in the US. You can receive the book from Toni Ross for $26 a copy, postage included. 

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The Special Price is: India: Rs.420 + Postage and Packing: Rs. 100
Other Countries: US$ 19 +Postage and packing: US$ 17
Outside of Asia, you can order LÚCÁS CHAN's Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes: Biblical Studies and Ethics for Real, through Amazon.
Featured Forum Articles:
Nichole M. Flores, "Human Trafficking: A Lacuna in Catholic Ethics"

Osamu Takeuchi, S.J., "Spirituality Informed by Faith."  

In Memoriam: Antonio Moser, OFM

In Memoriam
Antonio Moser, OFM
(1939 - 2016)



We mourn the tragic death of Brazilian moralist, Antonio Moser, OFM, on March 9, 2016. Moser, one of the most prolific and important Latin American ethicists, was killed in a robbery attempt as he was on his way to the airport in Rio de Janeiro. His colleague Ronaldo Zacharias provides us with the beautiful In Memoriam below, in Portuguese. You can find news of his death and his legacy in English here and here. But I leave Ronaldo's tribute untranslated. I urge you to struggle through the Portuguese before clicking for the translation, as one can rarely fully honor someone's life in another language. This is an incalculable loss for the Brazilian Catholic community, and for Latin American ethicists in general. We pray for the eternal rest of Frei Antonio, and for the consolation of his family and the many communities he served, especially the poor in areas around Rio de Janeiro. We also add his assailants to our prayers, for the conversion and transformation of those who for many reasons experience violence as their daily bread.

Em 09 de março de 2016, "perdemos" o Fr. Antônio Moser, baleado durante uma tentativa de assalto, a caminho do aeroporto do Galeão, no Rio de Janeiro. Moser "perdeu" a vida de forma tão trágica e tão injusta! A Igreja "perdeu" um dos seus mais brilhantes teólogos moralistas. A Ordem dos Frades Menores "perdeu" um grande apóstolo. A sociedade brasileira "perdeu" um dos seus aguerridos construtores.
Fr. Moser nasceu em Gaspar (SC), em 1939. Em 1960, fez a primeira profissão religiosa na Ordem dos Frades Menores e, em 1964, a profissão solene. Estudou Filosofia e Teologia em Petrópolis. Foi ordenado sacerdote em 1965. Em seguida, dedicou-se ao Mestrado em Teologia (Lyon) e ao Doutorado em Teologia Moral (Roma). Além de renomado conferencista, Moser lecionou Teologia Moral no Instituto Teológico Franciscano de Petrópolis, na Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro e foi professor convidado da Universidade Católica de Lisboa (Portugal) e da Universidade de Berkeley (USA). Da sua vida acadêmica resultaram escritos: 28 livros, 16 capítulos de livros e 63 artigos de revistas. Moser influenciou profundamente a reflexão e o ensino da Teologia Moral no Brasil. Seu pensamento teológico já foi objeto de algumas teses de Mestrado na Acad emia Alfonsiana de Roma.
Fr. Moser dedicou-se pastoralmente, como pároco, a comunidades de fé da Baixada Fluminense e de Petrópolis, onde realizou um trabalho incansável a favor da paz. Foi assessor da Conferência Nacional dos Bispos do Brasil para assuntos ligados à Teologia Moral e membro da Comissão de Bioética. Na Rede Canção Nova de Televisão, participou por quase dez anos do programa semanal "Em pauta", programa de cunho jornalístico, que trata, sobretudo, de temas relativos à Bioética. Foi diretor de Centro Educacional Terra Santa, entidade social que presta serviços a crianças e jovens carentes, em Petrópolis.

 Moser foi, nos últimos anos, diretor-presidente da Editora Vozes.
Para todos nós a morte do Fr. Moser foi uma "perda" irreparável. No entanto, temos a certeza de que o vigor do seu ensinamento, a perenidade dos seus escritos e o seu incansável zelo apostólico manterão viva a sua presença entre nós. À luz da fé podemos dizer que, se até ontem muitos frutos eram produzidos por uma dedicação incansável do Fr. Moser à sua missão, hoje tais frutos alcançaram a proporção da eternidade, pois foram regados com o sangue de uma vida toda ela ministerial e apostólica.
 

News from Latin America
By: MT Davila
First Congress of Theological Ethics
Toward an Ethic of Participation and Hope
May 26-29, 2016
Universidad Javeriana - Bogotá, Colombia
 
We have upwards of 100 ethicists from Latin America and the Caribbean participating in this conference. Participants from 20 countries will be present (seel the list below).
 
Argentina:
From Pablo Blanco, he announces that his research group has won the International Contest on Access to Justice. The title of their Project is "Access to Justice in Public Policy and in Juridical Decisions." Theirs was the only proposal chosen from Argentina, and one of only 16 proposals to be accepted, out of 79 that were presented.
 
 
 
Noticias de América Latina:
 
1er Congreso de Ética Teológica
Hacia una Ética de Participación y Esperanza
26-29 de mayo, 2016
Universidad Javeriana - Bogotá, Colombia
 
 
Ya se suman casi 100 eticistas de todo América Latina y el Caribe para el congreso de ética teológica a realizarse en mayo. Contamos con la participación de veinte países:
 
Argentina
Bolivia
Brasil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Ecuador
El Salvador
Haití
Jamaica
México
Nicaragua
Panamá
Paraguay
Perú
Puerto Rico
República Dominicana
Uruguay
EEUU
Venezuela
 
Apreciamos todo el apoyo que nos otorgan la junta planificadora del congreso, además de las instituciones que ofrecen su apoyo económico a este histórico proyecto.
 
 
Argentina:
Pablo Blanco comparte noticias sobre el  Concurso Internacional sobre Acceso a la Justicia.
"Junto a un equipo de investigación que integro hemos sido uno de los ganadores de este concurso. Nuestro tema de investigación es: "El acceso a la justicia en las políticas públicas y en las decisiones jurisdiccionales".
 
Sobre un total de 79 propuestas provenientes de 18 países de América y El Caribe, el Centro de Estudios de Justicia de las Américas (CEJA) y la Agencia Alemana de Cooperación Internacional GIZ, seleccionaron 16 propuestas de investigación. 
 
Nuestra propuesta de investigación es la única seleccionada por Argentina. 
 
El CEJA es un organismo internacional creado por la OEA y que tiene sede en Santiago de Chile."
 


 
Call for Papers
 

Relation, Vulnerability, Love: Theological Anthropology in the 21st Century

Call for papers

This conference is organized by research group Anthropos (Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven) in Leuven, 15-17 September 2016.
Keynote speakers/respondents are:
  • Michael Banner (University of Cambridge, UK) / Brian Brock (University of Aberdeen, UK)
  • Luigino Bruni (LUMSA University, Italy) / Maureen O'Connell (LaSalle University, US)
  • Elizabeth O'Donnell Gandolfo (Wake Forrest University, US) / Paul Fiddes (Oxford University, UK)
  • Jan-Olav Henriksen (Norwegian School of Theology, Norway) / Markus Mühling (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany)
  • Wonhee Anne Joh (Garrett - Evangelical Theological Seminary, US) / Elina Hankela (University of Helsinki, Finland)
 
Relation, vulnerability, love are three concepts we consider important for a theological anthropology in the 21st century. Moreover, it is a trilogy we read in crescendo. That is, the primacy of relationality leads us to understand vulnerability as a universal human condition that is the condition of possibility for both suffering and flourishing. Love is the Christian notion that indicates the deepest reality of such relationality and vulnerability as well as its eschatological destiny.  A central concern is that these three notions not only indicate or characterize the contentof theological anthropology but also have implications for how theological anthropology is to be done.
Call for papers is open now - DEADLINE May 15, 2016.
For more information, see conference website: https://relationvulnerabilitylove2016.wordpress.com/

New Publication: Conversaciones con Marciano Vidal


 Esta "conversación con" Marciano Vidal supone un paseo por toda la renovación de la teología moral que trajo consigo el Concilio Vaticano II. Más allá de su trayectoria académica y teológica, así como de las referencias personales a su vocación religiosa y orígenes leoneses, la obra repasa los grandes retos de la moral católica en nuestra época, sin rehuir las cuestiones que se le plantean al teólogo moral. Al mismo tiempo la obra, en el que Marciano Vidal dialoga con José Manuel Caamaño, se adentra también en las dificultades que el moralista español ha tenido con la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe.
Save The Date: 
The 42
nd Association for Moral Education Annual Conference
December 8-11, 2016

Hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, USA, December 8 through 11, 2016. In partnership with Tufts University. 
Conference website:  http://ameconference2016.org 

The Conference theme will be: Civic engagement: a cultural revolution? The expanding definitions of 'civic' participation, their intersections with ethics, and the implications for education.

The challenges and innovations in civic engagement in and beyond formal education are gaining worldwide attention, as has become increasingly evident in recent AME meetings.  There are interesting links, synergies and dialogues among civics, ethics and moral development, including the significance of new media.


We are delighted to announce that the Kohlberg Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr Danielle Allen. Danielle Allen is Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and professor in Harvard's Department of Government and Graduate School of Education. She is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship, and recently on civic and social media, Dr Allen is the author of numerous books. She ia member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.


There will also be plenary sessions on the theme of the Conference with contributions from distinguished international scholars in the field




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