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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)

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International Colloquium: The Changing Face of Global Catholicism: Implications for Theology and Theological Education

INSeCT (International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology)

De Paul University, Chicago June 14-16, 2011

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International Colloquium 2008

The Second Triennial Colloquium of INSeCT was hosted by DePaul University, Chicago from June 19-21. Twenty-six representatives of member societies from six continents and twenty countries were able to attend. The topic for this colloquium had been decided following a broad consultation of member societies where globalization was frequently identified as one of the signs of the times, including questions relating to intercultural relations, the migration of peoples, fundamentalism and relativism, secularization, detraditionalization and the loss of identity, and growing concerns for ecology and the care of the earth. The scale of these many issues is contributing to a loss of the sense of agency and a growing gap between rich and poor … read more…

Regional reports

Basic information about the state of Catholic theology in regions around the world is widely unknown and not easily available. In response to this situation, INSeCT is initiating a project inviting regional reports on the state of Catholic theology around the world.

African Catholic Theology

There is growing interest worldwide in the scholarly contributions of Catholic theologians from the various regions and academic settings in Africa. INSeCT is publishing short essays by Catholic theologians from Africa on doctrinal, moral, and practical topics.