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- Published: Wednesday, 08 September 2010 14:07
TRENT THE PLACE TO BE
The Council of Trent may have concluded in the mid-sixteenth century, but in July 2010 it was once again the focus of theological activity as some 600 Catholic Ethicists gathered for a conference (July 24-27).
The theme related to Moral Theology past, present and pending, with representation from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, old and young, men and women, lay, religious, cleric – and combinations of these, lecturers and students shareing expert input, professional expertise and pastoral experience in an atmosphere of studiousness and conviviality in this charming and atmospheric (though very hot) historical city that nestles in the magnificent environment of the Alpine foothills.
Australia had 11 representatives, all playing a significantly active role in chairing concurrent sessions or delivering papers at these sessions. Yours truly offered a paper on Peter Abelard. The Australian contingent also took the opportunity to dine out together one evening.
MSC presence was small but notable. While it would be nice to claim for oneself a share of this significance, in fact it was Klaus Demmer, emeritus professor of Moral Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome who must claim all the kudos.
The conference was important, even ground-breaking. Mixing with and listening to very many of the younger ethicists indicates a promising future for Moral Theology as a discipline, and even more importantly for Christian pastoral ministry in the Church and the wider community.
Trent, July 2010, was the place to be.
[From: Philip Malone MSC (Lecturer in Moral Theology, Yarra Theological Union)]