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Neuerscheinung: Band 4

Katholische Kirche im Dialog

Die Reihe der deutschen Sektion der ESCT – European Society for Catholic Theology beim Verlag Herder

Band 1

Martin Kirschner, Joachim Schmiedl (Hrsg.)

Band 2

Martin Kirschner, Joachim Schmiedl (Hrsg.)


Band 3

Martin Kirschner, Joachim Schmiedl (Hrsg.)

Neuerscheinung: Band 4

Der Dialog geht weiter. Ergebnisse und Perspektiven des Gesprächsprozesses.

Martin Kirschner, Joachim Schmiedl (Hrsg.)
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International Congress of the ESCT

“The Soul of Theology: On the Role of Scripture in Theology”
Leuven, 17-20 September 2015
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ET Studies 6 (2015) 1

Available now: abstract details and download pdf of the articles of the latest issue

ET Studies 6 (2015) 1

Main issue: The historical Jesus


ESCT International Congress 2015

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Leuven, Belgium, September 17-20, 2015

Fifty years ago, the Second Vatican Council called the study of Sacred Scripture “the soul of theology” (DV 24), a claim few theologians would wish to dispute. Nevertheless, defining the concrete role Scripture plays or ought to play in theology is not undisputed.
The next international conference of the European Society for Catholic Theology seeks to address this fundamental issue, viz. how the study of Scripture is or may become the soul of the different theological disciplines. Conversely, this raises the question what characteristics the Biblical exegesis should have in order to fulfill its role within theology.
The study of these questions is inextricably related to fundamental issues on the nature of Scripture: how is scriptural inspiration to be understood, how should the historicity of biblical accounts be approached today, what is the relation between Scripture and revelation? These topics will receive due attention during the conference.
Scripture does not have its primary setting in theological reflection; it is read, both individually and communally, by many people in widely varying contexts: in the liturgy, communal and individual prayer, personal reading, etc. The conference also wishes to reflect on what this setting of Scripture in the life of its readers and in the life of the Church means for exegesis and for theology at large.

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50 Years of the Second Vatican Council

An important event remebering the fiftieth-anniversary of the Second Vatican Council:


“Education in Crisis”

“Education in Crisis”

Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, in collaboration with the Irish Section of the ESCT; May 2015, 21-22

This Conference will explore resources both inside and outside the Christian tradition that can help in countering what are perceived as increasingly instrumentalist and politicised educational systems dominated by short-term thinking. Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Gravissimum Educationis, and twenty-fifth anniversary of Ex CordeEcclesiae the 2015 McAuley Conference will consider the resources that exist within the Christian tradition to foster human growth and maturation, and to educate for the common good.

An emerging scholars’ colloquium will take place Thursday, May 21st, followed by the main conference.

Please visit the Conference Website for further details and to register to attend.
Contact with any queries.

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Annual Meeting 2015 of the Curatorium of the ESCT

From February 21 to 22 the international Curatorium of the European Society for Catholic Theology was held on the isle of Malta. This meeting gathers the society’s presidential board and the executive board consisting of the presidents of 21 national and regional sections. In all, the society represents 900 academic theologians from all disciplines in the field.


The group of the ESCT Curatorium

European conference on family and marriage

On the eve of the meeting, on February 20, a European-level symposium was organized in a collaboration of the faculty of theology of the University of Malta together with the society’s presidential board. The symposium was devoted to the theme of the family and marriage, in view of the upcoming synod of bishops. Upon invitation of the President of the Republic of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, the conference took place at Verdala Palace, the presidential summer residence. The keynote speakers where: Prof Dr Roman Siebenrock (University of Innsbruck, Austria), Prof. Emmanuel Agius & Rev. Dr Joe Galea-Curmi (University of Malta), Mrs Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn (INTAMS, Belgium), Kevin Schembri (University of Malta), Prof. Dr Martin M. Lintner (Faculty of Theology, Brixen), Dr Nadia Delicata & Dr Paul Pace (University of Malta). The concluding remarks were made by Mgr Charles J. Scicluna, Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of Malta. The papers will be published by June 2015 in a special issue of Melita Theologica, the journal of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Malta.
During the symposium it became clear that the processes of transformation of family life in fact show commonalities in the entire European sphere. It was also evident that the ongoing struggle to enhance theological development and the search for pastoral solutions in view of the second meeting of the synod fathers is raising great expectations.


Opening the Conference on Family and Marriage at Verdana Palace: H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and Rev. Prof. Martin M. Lintner

A sign of solidarity with refugees and persecuted Christians

As a society which represents catholic theologians from the entire european territory, the members of the executive board, in the closeness of the isle of Lampedusa and confronted with the situation on the Maltese islands, have also been mindful of the sacrifice made by those crossing the borders of Europe for various motives and who have lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea while seeking refuge in Europe. In dialogue with the president of Malta is has once more become evident that the burden of care for refugees cannot be restricted to the countries in southern Europe but constitutes a duty for the whole of Europe.
The curatorium members also included in their prayers the Coptic christians who have been killed savagely on the Libyan coastline by members of IS, as well as all so many other christians who are being persecuted and murdered because of their faith. The theologians gathered in Malta have adopted the words of Pope Francis, stating that the ecumenism of the testimony in blood compels us not to remain silent on the persecutions of christians in many regions, but rather to strengthen our ecumenical solidarity. We stand before the urgent task to promote the mutual understanding between religious traditions and to demonstrate the potential of religions in order to install an enduring peace.

A concrete gesture of solidarity with Urkaine

A particular token of solidarity was expressed by those gathering through the decision to organise the next meeting, in March 2016, in the Ukrainian city of Lviv. Based on the present developments in Ukraine and in collaboration with the ‚Grazer Prozess’ the society commits itself to deepen the duty of all christian denominations to resist against warfare and to become actors of peace, reconciliation and justice.

The next international conference of the ESCT in Leuven in September 2015, 17-20

Finally, an essential part of the annual meeting consisted in preparing the society’s biannual international conference, which will be held in Leuven from September 17 to 20, 2015, and which will devote itself to the theme ‘The Soul of Theology. On the Role of Scripture in Theology’ (see:

European Conference on Synod on the Family

European Conference on the Family

organised by Faculty of Theology of Malta in collaboration with the

European Society for Catholic Theology

to be held at Verdala Palace, 20th February 2015



ET-Studies 5 (2014) 2

Available now: abstract details and download pdf of the articles of the latest issue of ET-Studies


25 years of ESCT: 1989 – 2014

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The 25 Year Jubilee of ESCT: 1989–2014

The European Society for Catholic Theology has reached its 25-year Jubilee. The founding meeting took place on 1–2 December 1989 in the Diocesan Academy “Erbacher Hof” in Mainz. Since then, the Society has established itself as a significant association on the European landscape. More than 850 Catholic theologians are involved throughout Europe in 21 national/regional sections. ESCT is the only theological association on the European scene that covers the full breadth of theological disciplines through its members, while treating theology, in all its differences, as a unity.

Read the newsletter of December 2014

The 2/2014 issue of the journal ET-Studies is devoted to celebrating our foundation 25 years ago. All our previous Presidents have made a variety of contributions for this special issue of ET on important themes that give a lively insight into the concerns and the breadth of expertise that make up the field of activities of our Society. These past Presidents are: Peter Hünermann, Tübingen (1989–1995, since then Honorary President); Hans Van der Ven, Nijmegen (1995–1998); Gerhard Larcher, Graz (1998–2001); Leo Karrer, Fribourg (2001–2004); Lieven Boeve, Leuven (2005–2009); Eamonn Conway, Limerick (2009–2011); Sigrid Müller, Vienna (2011–2013); Martin M. Lintner, Brixen (2013–).

See also the contribution in the December 2014 issue of Herder Korrespondenz, pp. 622–625: “Eine Plattform für den Dialog. 25 Jahre Europäische Gesellschaft für Katholische Theologie”.