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Gerard Mannion (Sept. 21, 2019)
It is with tremendous sadness and shock that the Executive Committee of INSeCT announces the news that Gerard Mannion, President of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
Gerard Mannion has left his mark on a broad spectrum of theological forums. He was the Chair in Catholic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University, a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center, and the founding chair of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network. As a long-standing member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, he had assumed the presidency of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology in 2017.
He was published widely in the fields of ecclesiology, ethics, and public theology, as well as in other fields of systematic theology and philosophy. His numerous books include Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism: Evangelii Gaudium and the Papal Agenda (2017), Where We Dwell in Common: Pathways for Dialogue in the 21st Century (ed., 2015), and The Routledge Companion to the Christian Church (2008, ed. with Lewis Mudge). He was also editor of the Bloomsbury Publishing series “Ecclesiological Investigations” and series editor, with Oxford University’s Mark Chapman, of Palgrave Macmillan’s “Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue” series.
Gerard had commitments to a thoroughly accountable and above all inclusive Roman Catholic Church among the faithful; its continuing and eager ecumenical engagement outside the fold; and a readiness to think and write well as a public theologian. He was a great lover of the Church, a passionate ecumenist, and a loyal, collaborative colleague in every endeavour he undertook, which were many.
As President of INSeCT, Gerard worked with passion and commitment to develop the Network so that it could continue to respond to its vision and mission of connecting Catholic theology worldwide as it serves both the Church and the world. His intelligence, dedication, humour and leadership shall be sorely missed.
We keep Gerard, his family, colleagues and friends, in our thoughts and prayers.
Eternal rest grant to Gerard, O Lord;
and let light perpetual shine upon him.
May his soul, and the souls
of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
The Executive of INSeCT
Nontando Hadebe (CTSSA)
Maeve Louise Heaney (ACTA)
Gunter Prüller-Jagenteufel (ESCT)
Paulo Fernando Carneiro de Andrade (SOTER)
Proceedings of ESCT Conference 2017 in Strasbourg:
Marie-Jo Thiel, Marc Feix (éds.), Le défi de la fraternité. The Challenge of fraternity. Die Herausforderung der Geschwisterlichkeit (serious Theology East – West / Theologie Ost – West, vol. Bd. 23), LIT: Muenster et al. 2018, p. 640, 39.90 EUR, 39.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-91018-9
Marie-Jo Thiel, president of ESCT, presenting the book to Pope Francis.
Un temps galvaudée, oubliée, la fraternité est aujourd’hui redécouverte au contact d’immenses défis éthiques comme la migration, le terrorisme, l’économie libérale, l’environnement, la médecine … Mais d’où vient-elle ? Le christianisme a joué un rôle déterminant dans sa compréhension et l’ouvrage revisite nombre d’écrits bibliques, théologiques, tout en convoquant largement les sciences humaines. La Révolution française l’a bien compris, qui a tenté de se démarquer de cet héritage religieux. Écrit à la lumière d’un colloque international (AETC), l’ouvrage comprend des textes en français, en anglais et en allemand.
Marie-Jo Thiel, professeure à l’Université de Strasbourg, directrice du CEERE (Centre européen d’éthique), présidente de l’Association européenne de théologie catholique.
Marc Feix, maître de conférences à la Faculté de théologie catholique de l’Université de Strasbourg, directeur de l’ERCAL (Équipe de recherche sur le catholicisme en Alsace).
Une Église qui change. Cinq ans après l’élection du Pape François
See the content: ET Studies 9 (2018) 1
EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION 2017
Bologna, Sunday 18th – Thursday 22nd of June, 2017
Scholars are invited to submit panels through this forms by March 31, 2017.
The European Academy of Religion aims:
- to offer an exchange platform to Academies and scientific Societies, Research Centers and Institutions, University Labs and Clusters, and qualified Journals, Scientific Publishers and Media;
- to act as an inclusive network of networks open to all disciplines in the European and Mena Countries as well as in the Balkans, Caucasus, and Russia,in order to support their exchange and cooperation;
- to provide an open space to those who work in the production and/or dissemination of knowledge in and of the religious field;
- to give voice to religious anthropology, archeology, arts, conflicts, cults, doctrines, exegesis, experiences, history, institutions, laws, philology, philosophy, psychology, theologies, texts, and all the disciplines with an academic status in the universities or research centers, with their own distinctive and specific epistemological traditions;
- to be an instrument to make visible the academic institutions and centers of a very large and diverse set of disciplines to the public opinion and decision makers through a public, open-access web platform and an annual convention;
- to adopt an inclusive approach and encourage disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in the perspective of open research, cultural diplomacy, dialogue among thinkers, peaceful relationships among cultural systems, and intellectual international cooperation.
DAKATEO and ESCT held a joint Symposium on “Gender and Ecclesiology: An Intercultural Dialogue” at Tagaytay, Philippines, from July 14–17, 2016. The conference was organized with the participation of other INSeCT-Asia members (ACTA – Australian Catholic Theological Association, EWA – Ecclesia of Women in Asia, ITA – Indian Theological Association, and IWTF – Indian Women Theologians Forum), of St. Vincent School of Theology, Manila, and of ESWTR. Eight sessions treated eight topics, each one of them introduced from a European and an Asian perspective, followed by a generous amount of discussion and exchange. The topics and speakers were: “Women at the Grassroots’ Level of Church Leadership (e.g. BECs, social/political movements, etc.)” by Virginia Saldanha (IWTF, India) and Sr. Gemma Simmonds CJ (ET, Great Britain); “Female Deacons, Women Clergy Ordination” by Kochurani Abraham (ITA, India) and Angela Berlis (ESWTR, Switzerland); “Women from Spiritual Counselors to Confessors?” by Sr. Chris Burke (ACTA, Australia) and Sr. Rebeka Anic HSF (ESWTR, Croatia), “Women Religious as Vanguard of Women Participation” by Sr. Shalini Mulackal, pbvm (ITA, India) and Sr. Teresa Forcades OSB (ESWTR, Spain), “Women Leadership in the Bible” by Sr. Margaret Beirne (ACBA, Australia) and Rita Perintfalvi (ESWTR Hungary/Austria), “A Church beyond Clericalism” by Ramon Echica (DaKaTeo, Philippines) and Eamon Conway (ET, INSeCT Ireland), “A Gender Perspective on Catholic Sexual Ethics: Who Defines the roles and issues?” by Sharon Bong (EWA, Malaysia), Martin M. Lintner OSM (ESCT, INSeCT, Italy/Austria) and Gunter Prüller Jagenteufel (ESCT, Austria), “Women in a New Ecclesiology of the Laity” by Agnes Brazal (DaKaTeo/EWA, Philippines) and Serena Noceti (ESCT, Italy). To help contextualize the topics, the Conference began with testimonies from female victims of sexual abuse in their families. The conference was an intellectually and culturally enriching experience.