News from the Asian Region: India
National Seminar on the “Emerging Issues in Moral Theology – Challenges for the 21st Century.”
A national seminar was organized by the Redemptorists in Bangalore, India, from 8th-13th July 2013. It was an opportunity offered to pastors, moral theologians, and lay faithful in India to equip themselves to deal with moral issues that challenge our Christian values and moral visions. It was conducted by an experienced international team of experts consisting of Rev. Dr. Raphael Gallagher C.Ss.R., Rev. Dr. Stephen Rehrauer C.Ss.R., Rev. Dr. Vimal Tirimanna C.Ss.R., Rev. Dr. Clement Campos C.Ss.R, and Rev. Dr. Assisi Saldanha C.Ss.R.
(L to R: Clement Campos, Vimal Tirimanna, Raphael Gallagher and Stephen Rehrauer)
Some of the pertinent topics discussed include: Justice and ecology in a globalized world; widespread corruption; issues of war and violence; capital punishment; media and business ethics; pastoral concerns such as the increasing marital breakdown, inter-religious marriages, gender ethics and the Christian understanding of the virtue of chastity; issues of life and death; and ethical issues involving genetic research and artificial reproduction.
On the whole it was an intense and fruitful week of discussion, interaction and intellectual exchange of views and ideas.