January THE FIRST (2011)

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Happy New Year 
January 1, 2011

  1. More news on the new book series
  2. The New Website and A call for more information regarding the publication of papers presented at Trento
  3. News information on books newly published by: Tobias Winright, Mark Allman, Marciano Vidal, Paul Chummar, and Charles Camosy.
  4. Memoriams for Gretchen Elliot, RSM, and Eugene McCarthy, Jr.
  5. HARC AND HIV/AIDS update 
  6. The Questionnaire on Trento

1. More news on the new book series
As we wrote in December First, we are intending to launch over the next seven years the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church book series.  The first volume is the 30 plenary papers that Jim Keenan is presently editing.  After that, the next five volumes will be edited by two people from different regions.  Each volume will have 15 invited contributors submitting 6000 word essays.  We are happy to announce that we have secured two co-editors for each volume.  We expect to be announcing their names and the publishing house with which we will be working in the February email.  We will also be announcing the schedule of their submission deadlines.

1: From Trento to the Future: Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church
2: Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in the World Church
3: Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology, and Resource Extraction
4: The Local Church and the Place of the Catholic Ethicist
5. The Bible and Catholic Theological Ethics
6: Catholic Theological Ethics on the Migrations of Peoples: Living with(out) Borders

We are hoping for each volume to appear eventually in different language and regional publishing houses.  We intend a book to be published each year from 2012-2017. 


2. The New Website and A call for more information regarding the publication of papers presented at Trento

We have hired Jillian Maxey as our new webdesigner/ webmaster. We are expecting to have some of the new website up and running for February 1st

I am interested in posting on our website, any published article as an outcome of Trento, especially from the Concurrent sessions.  If you have a PDF file of your article, an electronic link to its publication, or simply the bibliographical reference of it (author, title, journal, volume, year, pages), we will post that information on our site and list it in the next email.  As this will be on-going, send the information to me before the FIRST of any month.

TO date only ONE person has supplied me with that information: David Hollenbach.  His article, “Humanitarian Intervention,” was published in Commonweal, November 1, 2010, pp. 9-11.  It can be found athttp://commonwealmagazine.org/humanitarian-intervention-0


3. News information on books newly published by: Tobias Winright, Mark Allman, Marciano Vidal, Paul Chummar, and Charles Camosy.

Tobias Winright and Mark Allman's After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice, which calls for the extension of the just war tradition to include jus post bellum criteria and commitments, was published in late September 2010 by Orbis Books. Winright wrote portions of this book while he was a Visiting Scholar during the month of June in 2009 at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler. It can be found at http://www.maryknollsocietymall.org/description.cfm?ISBN=978-1-57075-859-1 (or at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0049Q3K8U)

Winright’s other research project during that time in Trento, Green Discipleship, which he is editing and contributing to, along with 21 other contributors who are mostly Catholic theological ethicists, will be published in 2011 by Anselm Academic Press. 

Marciano Vidal writes that he is working on his enormous project, "Historia de la Teología Moral". (The History of Moral Theology).  His first volume is already published:  "La Moral en el Cristianismo Antiguo".  It can be found at http://www.redentoristas.org/archivos_noticias/hist_teol_moral.html

Paul Chummar writes that the festschrift, Ethik der Lebensfelder (Verlag Herder: Freiburg - Basel - Wien) was presented in a ceremony on 22. Nov. 2010 to Philipp Schmitz SJ. http://www.amazon.de/Ethik-Lebensfelder-Festschrift-Philipp-Schmitz/dp/3451340194

Charles Camosy writes that his new book, Too Expensive to Treat? Finitude, Tragedy, and the Neonatal ICU,has been published with Eerdmans: http://www.eerdmans.com/shop/product.asp?p_key=9780802865298 

4. Memoriams for Gretchen Elliot, RSM, and Eugene McCarthy, Jr.

Gretchen Elliott, RSM
Sister Gretchen Elliott, a participant in both the Padua and Trento conferences for Moral Theology in a World Church, died October 3, 2010, in Farmington Hills, Michigan, at the age of 69. As Senior Vice President of Mission Integration in the Trinity Health System (1998-2007) she directed staff in Ethics, Mission Services, Spiritual Care, and Community Benefit Ministry. She then became Vice President of Palliative Care (2007-2009). A Sister of Mercy for 51 years, she served in leadership at both the national and regional levels. She was also an artist, a poet, and an educator.

Eugene McCarthy, Jr.
Through the McCarthy Foundation, Dr. Eugene McCarthy, Jr., was a benefactor at both Padua and Trento.  He passed away at Sloan Kettering Hospital on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. The cause of death was cancer. Dr. McCarthy was born in Boston. His parents were Eugene G. McCarthy and Mary Murphy McCarthy. He graduated from Boston College, Yale University School of Medicine, John Hopkins University School of Public Health and School of International Medicine. President John F. Kennedy chose him to be the Chief Medical Advisor in the Alliance for Progress Program for Paraguay. From 1970 to 1977 he was Clinical Associate Professor of Public Health at Cornell University. In 1982, he initiated the Health Research Unit at Cornell Medical University. Dr. McCarthy is known as the "Father of Second Opinion." Dr. McCarthy established visiting professorships at Boston College, the Gregorian, the Biblicum and the Orientale. He was predeceased by his wife Maureen Goggin McCarthy, who died on September 3, 1999. Son, Joseph McCarthy, who was his oldest son, passed away at the age of twenty five. Survivors include his two sons, John and Paul McCarthy. As a result of their son Joseph's death, he and his wife established the Joseph Gregory McCarthy Foundation and with the help of the Franciscan Fathers they helped the mentally impaired and homeless. 

The network promoting research collaboration on HIV, AIDS and religion

  • An introduction to HARC, and the HARC Catholic Forum
  • What does HARC offer?
  • How to join HARC
  • An invitation to become involved in HARC 

What is HARC?
HARC is the HIV, AIDS and Religion Collaborative, which promotes research collaboration on HIV, AIDS and religion: www.harcnetwork.org

HARC’s mission is to connect researchers working at the interface of religion and HIV & AIDS with one another, with the religious and community organisations responding to HIV, and with the communities affected by or vulnerable to HIV or AIDS. In this way, HARC facilitates international, interdisciplinary collaboration on research and knowledge exchange initiatives. 

HARC operates in partnership with other groups working at the interface of HIV and religion, including the World Council of Churches, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, the International Network of Religious Leaders living with or personally affected by HIV or AIDS (INERELA+) and the South Africa-based Collaborative for HIV and AIDS in Religion and Theology (CHART). It is assisted in its networking objectives by the online networking organisation, Globethics (www.globethics.net).

HARC was launched in July 2010 at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria and at the conference on Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, in Trento, Italy. This led to the formation of a Catholic forum within HARC, in order to provide a focus for research collaboration on matters which are of particular concern to Catholics. 

You can stay connected with HARC by emailing harcnetwork@globethics.net and by browsing the HARC webpages, where you will find some documentary resources, an open forum for all those registered with HARC, and also a members-only Catholic forum.

HARC has the following strategic objectives:
To foster high quality, international, evidence-based research collaboration by connecting scholars and researchers who are working at the interface of religion, HIV and AIDS;
To encourage multi- and inter-disciplinary networking between specialists (such as theologians, anthropologists, sociologists, ethicists and epidemiologists) with a shared interest in the impact of religion and faith on the epidemic;
To build knowledge exchange and transfer by increasing the dissemination and sharing of research resources in the field;
To enable research clusters and working groups to identify and address research priorities;
To forge better links between scholars from the North and South, East and West, and foster a greater awareness of their diverse contexts;
To promote inter-religious dialogue and cooperation in relation to HIV and AIDS;
To provide a forum of academic freedom to discuss difficult, sensitive and controversial issues;
To ensure the relevance of academic research on religion and HIV and AIDS through contacts with those working in the field and organizations of people living with HIV or AIDS;
To resource organizations and practitioners engaged in grassroots responses to the epidemic who are encountering difficult religious, theological and ethical issues in the course of their work;
To inform the work of policy-makers through evidence-based research;
To counter inaccurate, distorted or ideologically-driven narratives that can mar or hinder global, national and local dialogue on and responses to HIV and AIDS;
To raise the profile of religious and theological research and improve the impact and public usefulness of scholarship in this area.
What does HARC offer?
For those who wish to access more of HARC’s resources and become involved in its activities you will need to formally register as a HARC member (for information on how to join HARC see below). Membership is free.

1. CHART’s annotated bibliographic database
Attached to this email you will find a partially annotated searchable bibliographic database of over 2000 published materials on HIV and religion. It is searchable through RefWorks or Endnote, but is also available in PDF format. This project is carried out by CHART at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and is also available via CHART’s website: www.chart.ukzn.za. The database is updated twice a year. Please share this resource with others. If you know of items that could be included on the bibliography, please contact us.

2. Document sharing
One of the goals of HARC is to make published materials on religion and HIV and AIDS available to HARC members for free. With the help of Dr Mary Roche, we are currently collecting resources that we can post on the site. This can include books and articles, teaching and worship resources and so on. The site can also manage short video clips. If you know of an important document that would be of use to HARC members – particularly those who do not have ready access to research libraries – please contact us. If you would like to assist us in identifying Catholic resources to post, please be in touch. There are often copyright constraints on what can be posted. However, we may be able to negotiate with publishers and pay relevant fees to post materials online. Currently HARC webpages and its documents are only available in English. Please contact us if you can help us provide these resources in other languages!

Recent document uploads:

Following the publication of the text of Pope Benedict’s interview with Peter Seewald in November 2010, a number of documents have been posted including the English translation of the Pope’s comments relating to the Church’s response to HIV, and responses by Catholic commentators and organisations. If you have an item that could be posted on this topic, please email harcnetwork@globethics.net.

In order to access these resources you need to be a member of HARC Catholic Forum. On the HARC Catholic Forum page you select ‘Documents’ from the drop-down menu on the upper toolbar. There you will see a folder entitled ‘Catholicism and HIV Prevention’ which contains the relevant items.

3. HARC’s Forum pages

  • HARC Open Forum

HARC Open Forum allows HARC members to post news and comments on the open forum page and to develop threads on topics of interest. You join the HARC Open Forum by clicking on the grey box on the right hand side of the open forum page where it says ‘join HARC open forum’. Once a moderator has checked your request you will be given access to post to the forum page. 

  • HARC Catholic Forum

HARC Catholic Forum is only open to those HARC members who also apply to join HARC Catholic Forum. You join the HARC Catholic Forum by clicking on the grey box on the right hand side of the Catholic forum page where it says ‘join HARC Catholic forum’. Once a moderator has checked your request you will be given access to post to the forum page. 

4. Workgroups and wikis

The HARC pages allow members to set up secure, moderated workgroups that can discuss matters and develop a project in private. The wiki option allows common editing of a shared document. 

5. Accessing ethics resources via www.globethics.net

Globethics.net, which hosts the HARC webpages has as its mission the free provision of research resources on ethics to its members. This includes many ebooks and ejournals. These resources are free to anyone who registers with globethics. It is free to join globethics. Once registered you will also then be able to apply to join HARC. Globethics provides an invaluable research resource for those who do not have ready access to research libraries. Register at www.globethics.net.

How to join HARC

In order to access the HARC webpages you will need to register with globethics.net, indicating your interest in becoming a member of HARC. Once you are a member of globethics you will have automatic access to the ethics resources on its site. Meanwhile your request to join HARC will be viewed by the moderators of HARC who will then email you to confirm membership. This may take a few days. Membership will give you access to the resources on the HARC pages. If you wish to participate in the forum pages you will need to indicate this by applying to join once you are on the forum pages.

You can learn more about the steps for joining on the HARC webpage: www.harcnetwork.org.

If you have difficulty registering please contact Julie Clague (Julie.Clague@Glasgow.ac.uk).

An invitation to become involved in HARC

HARC is a new venture and it needs your active participation in order to grow and succeed. If you want to be involved in directing the future of HARC or in any of the activities below, please contact us.

Current research interests

a. Rights, justice and what it means to be human

The concept of rights has been a key one in global and local policy on HIV.  However, ‘rights language’ has been challenged in some contexts and cultures, and it has been observed that the discourse on rights is in need of greater ethical depth. The issue of rights will feature importantly in the 2012 International AIDS Conference, in Washington DC, providing an obvious platform for religious voices to be heard.  Requests have come from a number of quarters for a theological dialogue on this issue. If you are interested in moderating or participating in such a discussion, please email Julie Clague: Julie.Clague@Glasgow.ac.uk.

b. Questions around teaching and curriculum development

Several people have asked for sharing of experience on setting up courses in Catholic institutions on ethical issues raised by the HIV pandemic. Again, if you would be interested in participating in or moderating such a conversation, please email us through Julie’s email address: Julie.Clague@Glasgow.ac.uk.

c. Faith, AIDS and public health

There has been considerable interest in the setting up of a moderated discussion group on the theological and ethical questions encountered by people working at the intersection of faith, AIDS and public health. Would anyone be interested in participating in such a conversation? If so, contact g.paterson@heythrop.ac.uk

Publications news

Please drop us an email regarding new publications or initiatives people might like to know of. This information will form a section in future newsletters.

In anticipation of future collaboration and networking on these important issues,

With all good wishes, HARC moderators
Julie Clague - Julie.Clague@Glasgow.ac.uk
Gillian Paterson - g.paterson@heythrop.ac.uk

5.     The Questionnaire on Trento

To date we have received 25 responses to the questionnaire.  I print the questionnaire here again in multiple languages.  I ask you to take a moment and send me a response.  The matter of these responses will shape the future of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.

PLEASE RESPOND TO ME: james.keenan.2@bc.edu


Questions for Participants:  We hope you give us a well considered answer to the first question and more concrete answers for the questions 2-5.

  1. What did you find at Trento?  Please give us a considered answer
  2. Did you make new contacts at Trento and have you maintained them?  With whom? About what?
  3. Can you name any particular actions that you or your institution took in light of the meeting at Trento?
  4. Does your institution offer any funding or have a scholarship program that aims to sponsor and/or host students or faculty from overseas for studies, research, or sabbaticals specifically in Theological Ethics?
  5. What would you want from the Planning Committee for the Future? 

Domande per i partecipanti. Alla prima domanda ci attendiamo una risposta frutto di un’accurata riflessione, mentre ci auguriamo risposte concrete alle restanti domande.

  1. Che cosa hai trovato a Trento? Per favore, condividi le tue accurate riflessioni
  2. A Trento hai conosciuto colleghe e colleghi? Hai mantenuto i contatti con loro? Con chi? A proposito di cosa?
  3. Puoi segnalarci alcune azioni concrete che sono state avviate da te e/o dalla istituzione di cui fai parte a seguito della Conferenza a Trento?
  4. L’istituzione a cui appartieni offre finanziamenti e/o ha un programma di borse di studio per sponsorizzare e/o per ospitare studenti e/o docenti dall’estero per studi, per ricerca o per periodi sabbatici specificatamente nell’ambito dell’Etica Teologica?
  5. Che cosa ti attendi dal Comitato di Pianificazione per il Futuro?

Questions pour les participants. Pour la première question, nous te demandons une réponse bien considérée ; pour les autres questions nous souhaitons une réponse très concrète.

  1. Qu’est-ce que tu a trouvé a Trente ? Nous te prions de nous donner une réponse bien considérée.
  2. Est-ce que tu a développes des contacts à Trente ? Est-ce que tu as continué la relation avec eux ? Avec qui ? A propos de quoi ?
  3. Est-ce que pourrais tu nommer quelques actions concrètes que tu et/ou l’institution à laquelle tu appartiens à partir de la conférence de Trente ?
  4. Est-ce que l’institution dont tu fais partie est en train d’offrir des ressourcés économiques et/ou un programme de bourses d’études (ou d’hébergement) pour des étudiants, des professeurs étrangers ou des périodes sabbatiques en éthique théologique ?
  5. Qu’est-ce que tu t’attends du Comité pour la Planification future ?

Preguntas para los participantes: Esperamos que sus respuestas a la primera pregunta incluya sus consideraciones mas en detalle mientras que las preguntas 2-5 buscan respuestas más concretas.

  1. ¿Qué encontraste en Trento? Por favor provee una respuesta que presente tus reflexiones.
  2. ¿Estableciste contactos nuevos en Trento y los has mantenido? ¿Con quién? ¿Respecto a qué?
  3. ¿Puedes mencionar alguna acción que tú o tu institución han tomado a la luz de la reunión en Trento?
  4. ¿Ofrece tu institución alguna clase de fondos o programas de becas que busque traer estudiantes de otros países para cursas un programa de estudio, hacer investigación, o apoyar una sabática en ética teológica?
  5. ¿Qué quisieras de parte del Comité de Planificación para el Futuro? 

Questões para os participantes: esperamos que você nos dê uma resposta bem precisa sobre a primeira questão e respostas m ais concretas para as questões 2-5

  1. O que você encontrou em Trento? Por favor, responsa de forma bastante precisa.
  2. Você fez e manteve novos contatos em Trento? Com quem? Sobre o que?
  3. Pode indicar alguma atividade particular que você ou a sua instituição realizaram à luz do encontro de Trento?
  4. A sua instituição oferece suporte financeiro ou possui um programa de bolsa de estudo que patrocina e/ou hospeda estudantes e professores de outros países para estudos, pesquisas ou períodos sabáticos especificamente na área da Ética Teológica?
  5. O que você espera da Comissão Internacional de Planejamento para o futuro?  

Fragen an die TeilnehmerInnen:

Wir möchten gern eine Befragung durchführen und hoffen, eine differenzierte Antwort auf die erste Frage bzw. sehr konkrete Hinweise auf die Fragen 2 bis 5 von Ihnen zu bekommen.

  1. Was hat Ihnen Trento gebracht?
  2. Haben Sie in Trento neue Kontakte geknüpft und haben Sie diese Kontakte seit Trento weiter entwickelt? Mit wem?Über welche Inhalte oder Pläne haben Sie gesprochen?
  3. Können Sie Aktionen benennen, die Sie oder Ihre Institution in Folge der Trento-Tagung ins Leben gerufen haben?
  4. Könnte Ihre Institution finanzielle Unterstützung gewährleisten, oder haben Sie bereits ein Forschungsprogramm an dem sich theologische EthikerInnen aus dem Ausland (in Form von Sabbatical,  Studienaufenthalt etc.) beteiligen können?
  5. Was wünschen Sie sich vom Planungsausschuss für die Zukunft?

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