August the FIRST (2011)

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August 2011

From the Desk of the Editor

The new format for the First has been well received. I hope you enjoy it even more as we expand!

Regularly we will feature the reports from Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as the Development Initiatives. I hope you take a moment to see them.

I hope too that you get a chance to read our Forum.  This month we have three essays.  One on the challenge of democratic dialogue in the Philippines by Eric Genilo; another on the need for North-South Dialogue by Emilce Cuda in Argentina; and, from South Africa’s Anthony Egan a piece on corruption and governance.

In order to promote some exchanges within the Forum, we invite you to send us e-letters of up to 200 words in response to any of the six already published pieces.  Send me your letter, and every week we will post those that we receive on the site, under “letters to the editor.”  Take a look, for instance, at Genilo’s essay.  Want to respond?  Send me a letter.  We’ll post it next week.

Enjoy the summer,


Konrad Glombik (Poland) joins the Eastern European Regional Committee

Pablo Blanco (Argentina) joins the Latin American Regional Committee

Emilce Cuda (Argentina) joins the Latin American Regional Committee

Miguel Angel Sanchez (Mexico) joins the Latin American Regional Committee

Solange Ngah (Cameroun) receives the 8th and last CTEWC PhD Scholarship

The first African Regional CTEWC Conference: CTEWC in Africa After Trento: Engaging the African Synod.  (21 – 22 August 2012) to be held at Hekima College Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations, Nairobi, Kenya (See African Regional Report)

Fundraising Initiative from US members of Development Committee for laptops for 8 African women PhD students has two weeks left to achieve its goal (see Development Report)

Five U. S. universities to skype a session of the bi-annual conference of the Ecclesia of Women in Asia (EWA) in Kuala Lumpur in Novemeber (see Development Report)

Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator publishes collection of essays on the recent African Synod Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace: The Second African Synod

For Forum essays, please visit:

Development Committee Report

Fundraising Initiative for laptops for 8 African women PhD students: UPDATE from US members of Development Committee

The laptop fundraising initiative is advancing, thanks to the generosity of those of you who contributed so far. Somehow, its pace is slower than we expected, probably due to summer  schedules. Two weeks are left before the August 15th deadline. To date, we have received 24 donations from the nearly 250 colleagues that we contacted. Nine other colleagues and one institution have made pledges. With hope, we wait for the pledges to arrive and for additional donations in order to reach the $6,000 goal.

Your donations will make it possible to supply the eight African women doctoral students in theological ethics from six African countries (Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and Tanzania) with laptop computers and essential software to support them in their doctoral studies.

All monies collected will be wired to the CTWEC account at Hekima College in Nairobi, which will handle the distribution of funds to acquire laptops for the eight women.  No fees will be charged so every dollar raised will go directly to this initiative. Given CTWEC’s non-profit status, in September you will receive written recognition of your gift for tax purposes.

For any questions, please contact Maureen O’Connell:
Please make your check payable to: “Jesuit Community at Boston College/CTEWC” and mail it to:

Andrea Vicini, SJ
246 Beacon Street 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Forthcoming coverage of Ecclesia of Women in Asia: UPDATE

Among the goals for CTEWC stemming from Trento are supporting the growth of regional networks and building bridges between and among regional networks. In November with the help of five host institutions in the US (Santa Clara University, Loyola University Chicago, Boston College, Fordham University, and Barry University), we will be piloting a project that will allow theologians and graduate students in the US to be virtual observers of paper presentations at a session of the bi-annual conference of the Ecclesia of Women in Asia (EWA). The conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); its theme  is: “Wired Asia, Theology of Human Connectivity.”  At the five US host institutions, discussion time will follow the presentation of the EWA selected papers. By using  Skype to facilitate this event, we aim at making it cost free.

We hope that this exciting pilot program will move us forward in promoting interactions across the world and that many similar events will follow.

For any questions, please contact Gina Wolfe:

Regional Reports
African Regional Update
Reported by: Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ

CTEWC Scholarship
The third and final CTEWC scholarship for the advanced training of African women in theological ethics has been awarded to Sr. Solange Ngah (Cameroun). Sr. Ngah is a member of Fraternité des Soeurs Témoins de l'Emmanuel. She holds an MA in Canon Law from Université Catholique d’Afrique Centrale, Nkolbisson-Yaoundé, Cameroun, where she will study Moral Theology.

Regional Conference: Save the date!

CTEWC in Africa After Trento: Engaging the African Synod
Date: 21 – 22 August 2012
Venue: Hekima College Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations, Nairobi, Kenya

The first African Regional CTEWC Conference will take place in Nairobi, Kenya. The focus will be on engaging the themes of the African Synod (reconciliation, justice and peace) from the perspective of Catholic theological ethics. It will be an expert seminar attended by invited African scholars in theological ethics who were also at Trento. More details will be provided as planning progresses.

Reconciliation, Justice and Peace: The Second African Synod (Orbis Books, 2011; Acton Publishers, 2011). This book is edited by Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ. It includes 20 articles by African scholars on the themes of the second African Synod in the context of church and society in Africa. Most of the contributors were at the Trento conference. The Orbis edition is available on and other online book retailers; the African edition is available from Keswick Bookstore in Nairobi, Kenya. A French translation is under preparation.

Asian Regional Committee Report 
Reported by: Lúcás Chan

Asian Christian Review features papers from Trento Conference

The Asian Christian Review vol. 5, no. 1 on Catholic Moral Theology in a Pluralistic World, which features papers presented in the 2010 Trento Conference is coming out this first week of August.  The issue begins with an interview with James Keenan, SJ about the Conference titled “Catholic Ethics in Manifold Voices ” and includes the following articles by our Asian colleagues: “Pakikipagkapwa and its Transformative Potential: An Anadialectical Interpretation,” (Roland Tuazon, CM); Doing Ethics in a Context of Violence and Political Upheaval: The Role of Media from a Sri Lankan Perspectrive (Vimal Tirimanna, CSsR); The Challenge of Humanizing Healthcare in a Pluralistic Society: The Indian Scenario (Stephen Fernandes); Bridging Christian and Confucian Ethics: Is the Bridge Adequately Catholic and East Asian? (Yiu Sing Luke Chan, SJ); Reinterpreting the Personal Emphasis in Marriage from a South Indian Perspective (Augustine Kallely); Is Religious Freedom Threatened? The Relevance of Dignitatis Humanae for India’s Multi-Religious Context (Eugine Rodrigues). This issue has been edited by Kiyoshi Seko with Agnes M. Brazal and Vimal Tirimanna.

Austrian Professor of Moral Theology Heads Exchange Program in the Philippines Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel, a professor of moral theology in the University of Vienna, is in the Philippines at the moment to accompany a group of Austrian priests for a postgraduate module on the world church. He is quite familiar with the country as he regularly leads groups of students from the University of Vienna in their exposure/exchange program with the Inter-Congregational Theological Center (ICTC). The exchange normally involves twelve masteral students from the University of Vienna who come to the Philippines for a 3-4 weeks exposure and theological reflection and five students/staff from the ICTC who in turn go to Vienna the following year. The Sandiwaan partnership program between the two institutions which started 17 years ago, is co-funded by the University of Vienna, DKA Austria, the Archdiocese of Vienna and the Association of Major Religious Superiors of Austria. The fruit of this ongoing exchange program has been documented in their book Maria Katharina Moser, Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel, and Veronika Prüller-Jagenteufel. Gut(e) Theologie lernen. Nord-Süd-Begegnung als theologisches Lernfeld (Kommunikative Theologie 10), Ostfildern: Matthias-Grünewald-Verlag 2009.

Last July 25, Prof. Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel also facilitated a roundtable discussion among twenty-two theology professors, seminarians  and pastoral workers on “Recent Developments on the Catholic Social Teachings” at the St. Vincent School of Theology in Quezon City, Philippines.   

Two Upcoming events in India

The second National Consultation of India will be held on August 13-15 in Satyashodhak, IWTF, Streevani and Montforte Social Institute. The topic of the conference is “Gender Relations in the Church: A Call to Wholeness & Equal Discipleship.”

For further information please contact Br. Varghese Theckanath s.g and Sr. Helen Saldanha.

A two-day Symposium on The Corporate World: Governance, Ethical Issues, and Pastoral Challenges will be held on August 26-27 in Marymatha Major Seminary in Trichur. Prof. Joseph Selling from Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium, and several others will be there to share their expertise and experience with the participants. For registration and enquiry, please email The Symposium will be simultaneously broadcast live on their internet radio. It also calls for short papers on business ethics and other areas of applied ethics. Please send a 200-word abstract by August 5.

Update from Latin America (in English and Spanish)

Reported by: MT Davila

The CTEWC committee for Latin America has confirmed the following membership:

María Teresa Dávila - Puerto Rico
Ronaldo Zacharias - Brasil
Emilce Cuda - Argentina
Pablo Blanco - Argentina
Miguel Angel Sanchez - Mexico

Thank you to all members of this group for some very rich consultation that has helped define the most pressing needs for supporting theological ethics in Latin America. A more detailed report from these consultations will follow in the fall.

Are you participating in the Continental Congress of Theology, October 2012 (perhaps include the hyperlink to the news with the name of the meeting: This gathering, to be held at the Instituto Humanitas Unisinos in Brasil, aims to commemorate two distinct historical moments that significantly shaped Catholicism and the Church in Latin America: the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II and the 40th Anniversary of the publication of Gustavo Gutiérrez's "A Theology of Liberation".  In preparation for the Congress in 2012 many in our network have participated in preliminary working meetings in Mexico City, Bogotá, Guatemala, and Santiago in Chile. Please send us reports from these gatherings to share with the CTEWC community.

Bioethics Committee of the Iberoamerican University, Mexico City

The Academic Vice-Rector for the University convened the first meeting of scholars interested in the topic of bioethics this past July. Members of the Health, Law, Engineering, Religious Science, and Research departments participated in this meeting. We shared reflections about the importance of bioethics at the University and the future goals that the committee could undertake. We were then provided with a working proposal that we are to consider during the following month, to be discussed in the second gathering. The University has initially charged the committee with working on the revision of research projects at the University where animals and plants are utilized. We also discussed the possibility of revising the protocols in use for research in the Health Department with respect to human subjects who seek out treatment at the Department for obesity and other weight related conditions. 

Our next meeting will take place in August, where we will revise the statutes for the Committee and the Director for Research will present projects that could be revised under new guidelines.

We are hopeful that this is a good beginning to a necessary analysis of life and university education that can no longer be avoided, particularly at an institution with Christian roots, allied to the Society of Jesus.

El comité de planificación para América Latina confirma los siguientes miembros:

María Teresa Dávila - Puerto Rico
Ronaldo Zacharias - Brasil
Emilce Cuda - Argentina
Pablo Blanco – Argentina
Miguel Angel Sanchez - Mexico

Mil gracias a todos los miembros que han estado ayudando con las consultas centrales para definir las necesidades más inmediatas para el desarrollo de la ética teológica en América Latina. Prontamente haremos un informe de estas consultas.

¿Formas parte del Congreso Continental de Teología, octubre 2012 (perhaps include the hyperlink to the news with the name of the meeting: Esta reunión se llevará a cabo en el Instituto Humanitas Unisinos en Brasil. Su intención es recordar y reflexionar sobre dos grandes eventos para la iglesia Católica en América Latina: el 50 aniversario del Vaticano II y el 40 aniversario de la publicación de "La Teología de la Liberación" de Gustavo Gutiérrez. En preparación para este Congreso se han realizado una serie de reuniones de trabajo preliminares en Ciudad México, Bogotá, Guatemala, y Santiago de Chile. Miembros de la red CTEWC han participado de estas reuniones. Por favor envíanos un informe sobre estas reuniones preliminares para compartirlo con la comunidad de CTEWC.

Comité de Bioética en la Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México.

El pasado mes de julio tuvo lugar la primera reunión de académicos interesados en el tema de la bioética, convocada por la Vicerrectoría Académica de la Ibero. En esta reunión participamos personas de los Departamento de Salud, Derecho, Ingeniería, Ciencias Religiosas y de la Dirección de Investigación. Se compartieron reflexiones sobre la importancia de la bioética en la Universidad y de los alcances que el futuro Comité podría tener. Se nos entregó una propuesta de Estatutos para trabajarlo durante un mes y para aportar opiniones en la segunda reunión. Se comentó que la propuesta de las autoridades

Universidad al Comité consiste, en un primer momento, en trabajar en la revisión de proyectos de investigación de la Ibero en los que se utilizan plantas y animales. Se planteó la conveniencia de agregar a este trabajo la revisión de los protocolos de investigación que realiza el Departamento de Salud con las personas que acuden a él por problemas de sobrepeso y obesidad.

La próxima reunión tendrá lugar en el mes de agosto, en la cual se revisarán los Estatutos del Comité y la Dirección de Investigación presentará algunos de los proyectos susceptibles de revisión.

Nos parece que este es un prometedor inicio para cubrir un aspecto de la vida y de la educación universitarias que no puede postergarse, particularmente en una universidad de inspiración cristiana, confiada a la Compañía de Jesús.

New on the Website

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August newsletter

New clearing house additions:
Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Offers Fellowship Opportunities in Peace, Security & Development: Launched in June 2011, the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Fellowship in Peace, Security & Development program offers fellowships to nurture the intellectual development and increase retention of early-career faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

*UPDATED* The Journal of Religion, Identity & Politics: A graduate student journal of the University of Denver-Iliff School of Theology Joint PhD Program

Announcing the 60th Anniversary of the Institut für Christliche Sozialwissenschaften in Münster organized by Prof. Dr. Marianne Heimbach-Steins

Christianity in Evolution (forthcoming, Georgetown University Press, October 2011) author Jack Mahoney, SJ, to give a public lecture on the book’s subject Decemeber 1 at 6 p.m. at Gresham College (London, UK). A reception and book signing will follow the lecture, which will be broadcast live and be available subsequently at For more information, including a summary of the book’s contents, chapter titles and headings, along with a commendation by the leading theologian of evolution, John Haught, please visit to download the PDF flyer.

Forum Page Updated

Newly posted publications:
Cecilia Borgna, "The AIDS Challenge in Italy: Authentic Sexual Freedom and Justice," Heythrop Journal, LII (2011), pp. 1–9.  (PDF available)

Agnes M. Brazal, “Ecclesiologia metaforica. Risposte di fede alla tratta del sesso,” Concilium 3 (2011), Il dramma della tratta degli esseri umani, ed. Hille Haker, Lisa Cahill, Elaine Wainwright, 123-36.  (PDF available)

Agnes M. Brazal, “East Asian Discourses on Harmony: A Mediation for Catholic Social Teaching,” in Catholic Social Teaching in Global Perspective, ed. Dan McDonald (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2010), 118-46.

Agnes M. Brazal, “De zondvloed in Manilla,” Streven (June 2011): 529-31. (PDF available)

Stephen Fernandes, “The Challenge of Humanizing Healthcare in a Pluralistic Society:

S. Morandini, ed., Ethics in the Spheres of Life, Proget Edizioni, Padova 2011 (PDF in English and Spanish)

Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J., Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace
The Second African Synod (Maryknoll, 2010). (More information available)


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