Manila 2008

After the Padua conference, Jose Mario Francisco, S.J., President of the Loyola School of Theology (LST) at the Ateneo de Manila proposed to Agnes Brazal, one of the Planning Committee members of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, that Loyola could host a regional meeting of East Asian Theological Ethicists.

In time, Agnes and Mario expanded the circle to include two other Filipinos: Eric Marcelo O. Genilo, S.J. and Aloysius Lopez Cartagenas. They also invited Jim Keenan to join the Manila Planning Committee. On January 22, 2008, Mario invited some twenty-five theological ethicists from East Asia to present at a theological forum in August (August 15-18, 2008) on “Doing Moral Theology in East Asian Contexts” at Loyola seminar. Invited colleagues included those from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, the United States, and Vietnam.

The format of the forum was a sharing of work and a discussion of the pertinent issues related to the role of context in moral theology. Moreover, this forum was in compliance with the mandate of Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania (JCEAO) composed of all major superiors in the region to Loyola School of Theology to strengthen the Asian character of theological education in the region.

All expenses including travel, board and lodging were be shouldered by LST through a grant specifically for this purpose.

In 2010, Agnes, Aloysius, Eric and Jim edited the papers and published through the Ateneo de Manila Press Transformative Theological Ethics: East Asian Contexts.

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