FR. BRETZKE’ S MORAL THEOLOGY WEB-PAGE

Prepared by Rev. James T. Bretzke, S.J., S.T.D.

 Professor of Moral Theology

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

140 Commonwealth Avenue

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3800

E-mail: bretzke@bc.edu

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Fr. Bretzke’s Moral Theology Web-Page: https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/default.htm

 

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Biographical Snapshot

 

Rev. James T. Bretzke, S.J., S.T.D. is currently Professor of Moral Theology at Boston College’s graduate School of Theology and Ministry.  Prior to joining the Boston College faculty He did his doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he also taught for three years, before coming to the Graduate Theological Union and the Jesuit School of Theology-at-Berkeley in 1993, where he taught for a decade before moving to the at the University of San Francisco  and also serving as Chair of the Department of Theology & Religious Studies.  He has also taught for several years in Seoul, Korea at Sogang University and as a Visiting Professor of Moral Theology at the Loyola School of Theology of the Ateneo de Manila, Philippines.  He has published in various aspects of moral theology over seventy articles and reviews, plus five books, including A Morally Complex World: Engaging Contemporary Moral Theology and Consecrated Phrases: A Latin Theological Dictionary both from Liturgical Press. Besides teaching Fr. Bretzke works on weekends at St. Michael's Parish in Bedford, MA,  He grew up in Holy Family Parish in Whitefish Bay, WI and graduated in 1970 from Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, WI and immediately entered the Jesuits in the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus.  He was ordained by his uncle, Bishop Lambert Hoch on May 30, 1981 in Omaha, Nebraska where he had earlier taught for three years at Creighton Prep Jesuit High School.

 

Fr. Bretzke’s Select Curriculum Vitae [Last update November 9, 2017]: https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeCVSelect.pdf

 

Fr. Bretzke’s Media & Journalistic Contributions [Last update: August 5, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/MediaHitsBretzke.pdf

 

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LATEST UPDATES as of November 22, 2017

 

Magisterium and Moral Theology Bibliography [Last update: November 22, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/MagisteriumBibliography.pdf

 

Crime, Punishment and Capital Punishment Select Bibliography [Last update November 21, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CapitalPunishmentBibliography.pdf

 

Evil and Compromise in Moral Theology Bibliography [Last update November 21, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/EvilAndCompromiseInMoralTheologyBibliography.pdf

 

Veritatis Splendor Bibliography [Last update: November 21, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/VeritatisSplendorBibliography.pdf

 

Concordance of “intrinsic evil” in Veritatis splendor [Uploaded November 21, 2017] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/VeritatisSplendorIntrinsicEvilConcordance.pdf

 

Bretzke’s AAR Presentation on Endo’s Deep Silence (November 19, 2017)

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/DeepSilenceEndoAAR.ppsx (Power Point Presentation)

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/DeepSilenceEndoAARScript.pdf (Accompanying Script)

 

Conscience Bibliography [Last update: November 18, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ConscienceBibliographyByBretzke.pdf

 

Culture & Religious Studies Bibliography [Updated November 9, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CultureBibliography.pdf

 

Bioethics Bibliography [Last update: October 30, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BioethicsBibliography.pdf

 

Fundamental Moral Theology & Christian Ethics Bibliography [Last update: October 30, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/FundamentalMoralBibliography.pdf

 

Sexual Ethics Bibliography [Last update: October 30, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/SexualEthicsBibliography.pdf

 

NEMAAR Call for Papers for 7 April 2018 Conference at Wentworth Institute of Technology

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/NEMAAR2018CallForPapers.pdf

 

NEMAAR 7 April 2018 Conference Program at Wentworth Institute of Technology [in progress!]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/NEMAARConferenceProgram2018.pdf

 

Fr. Bretzke’s Select Curriculum Vitae [Last update October 25, 2017]: https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeCVSelect.pdf

 

Handout for “Responsum ad Dubia: Harmonizing Veritatis splendor and Amoris laetitia through a Conscience-informed Casuistry” https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeHarmonizingDubiaAndVeritatisSplendorHandout.pdf [uploaded October 3, 2017]

 

Virtue and Virtue Ethics Bibliography [Last update October 2, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/VirtueBibliographyByBretzke.pdf

 

Consecrated Phrases: A Latin Theological Dictionary Supplement to the 3rd Edition [updated September 28, 2017] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ConsecratedPhrasesSupplement4thEdition.pdf

 

African & African-American Inculturation Bibliography [updated September 24, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/AfricanInculturationBibliography.pdf

 

Sin and Reconciliation Bibliography [Last update: September 22, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/SinBibliography.pdf

 

Human Rights Bibliography [Updated September 19, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/RightsBibliography.pdf 

 

Fr. Bretzke’s Select Curriculum Vitae [Last update September 18, 2017]: https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeCVSelect.pdf

 

Select Bibliography on Shusaku Endo’s Silence [Updated September 18, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/EndoSilenceBibliographyByBretzke.pdf

 

Scripture & Ethics Bibliography [Last update: August 2 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ScriptureAndEthicsBibliography.pdf

 

War and Peace Bibliography [Latest update July 28, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/WarPeaceBibliography.pdf

 

Script for Presentation on Endo’s Silence:

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/HearingSilenceInEndoScript.pdf [uploaded June 25, 2017]

 

Handout for Presentation Giving Voice to Shusaku Endo’s Novel Use of Zen Ascetical Spirituality https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/HearingSilenceInEndoHandout.pdf [Uploaded June 23, 2017]

 

Giving Voice to Shusaku Endo’s Novel Use of Zen Ascetical Spirituality  Catholicism, Literature and the Arts: 1850 – Present International Conference, 5-7 July 2017, Durham, UK  The Power Point for the presentation can be found at https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/HearingSilenceInEndo.ppsx  [revised June 23, 2017; presented July 6, 2017]

 

Political Choices in a Morally Complex World [updated June 13, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/PoliticalChoices.ppsx

 

Hearing the Silence in Shusaku Endo’s Chinmoku (“Silence”): https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/HearingSilenceInEndo.ppsx [uploaded April 5, 2017]

 

Election 2016 Post-Mortem Analysis Views [updated March 11, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/Election2016PostMortem.pdf

 

Love Symbols from Around the World (Student Contributions) [uploaded March 8, 2017] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/LoveSymbolsAroundTheWorld.ppsx

 

Taboos in Cross-Cultural Perspectives [uploaded March 8, 2017]  https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/Taboos.ppsx

 

Gangnam Style Introductory Exercise for Cross-Cultural Ethics [uploaded March 8, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/GangnamStyleIntroductoryExerciseForCrossCulturalEthics.pdf

 

Church Teaching in Contested Areas: Homosexuality and Gender [uploaded March 5, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ChurchTeachingHomosexualityAndGender.ppsx

 

Church Teaching & Tradition on Gender in Sexual Ethics Power-Point Presentation [Uploaded February 27, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ChurchTeachingAndTraditionInGenderInSexualEthics.ppsx

 

Church Teaching & Tradition in Sexual Ethics Power-Point Presentation [Updated February 27, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ChurchTeachingAndTraditionInSexualEthics.ppsx

 

 

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STUDY AIDS AND/OR CLASS NOTES

 

Online Moral Theology Study Aids

 

Study Questions for A Morally Complex World: Engaging Contemporary Moral Theology

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/StudyQuestionsMorallyComplexWorld.pdf

 

Consecrated Phrases: A Latin Theological Dictionary Supplement to the 3rd Edition [updated September 27, 2017] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ConsecratedPhrasesSupplement4thEdition.pdf

 

 

Abortion-Related Issues:

 

Abortion and Politics Church Teaching Quiz

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/AbortionAndPoliticsChurchTeachingQuiz.pdf

 

Abortion and Politics Church Teaching Quiz Answers

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/AbortionAndPoliticsChurchTeachingQuizAnswers.pdf

 

Abortion and Canonical Penalties Administration & Counseling

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/AbortionCanonLaw.pdf

 

Quiz on Church Teaching Regarding Voting with a Well-formed Conscience [uploaded October 23, 2016] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CatholicVotingGuideQuiz.pdf

 

Answers to the Quiz on Church Teaching Regarding Voting with a Well-formed Conscience [uploaded October 23, 2016] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CatholicVotingGuideQuizAnswers.pdf 

 

Aquinas & the Natural Law Gloss by Bretzke

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/AquinasBretzkeNaturalLaw.pdf

 

 

Catholic Moral Tradition and/or Magisterium Related Issues:

 

20 Questions on Catholic Moral Tradition Teaching

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/20QuestionsOnCatholicMoralTeaching.pdf

20 Questions on Catholic Moral Tradition Teaching with Answers

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/20QuestionsOnCatholicMoralTeachingAnswers.pdf

 

20 Questions on Magisterial Catholic Moral Teaching Quiz

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/20QuestionsQuizMagisterium.pdf

20 Questions on Magisterial Catholic Moral Teaching Quiz with Answers

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/20QuestionsQuizMagisteriumANSWERS.pdf

 

Magisterial Teaching on Regulation on Births Quiz

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/MagisterialTeachingOnRegulationOnBirthsQuestionsQuiz.pdf

 

Magisterial Teaching on Regulation on Births Quiz with Answers

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/MagisterialTeachingOnRegulationOnBirthsQuestionsAnswers.pdf

 

Magisterial Exegesis Guidelines:

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/MagisterialExegesis.pdf

 

Magisterium Views by Members of the Magisterium Itself [Updated March 22, 2012]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/MagisterialMagisteriumViews.pdf

 

2015 Synod Final Report #85 Compared with Familiaris Consortio #84 [uploaded August 12, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/2015SynodParagraph85ComparedWithFamiliarisConsortioParagraph84.pdf

 

This is a very illuminating look at what did, and what did not make it into the 2015 Synod on the Family Final Report from Pope John Paul II’s 1981 Familiaris consortio.  Pope Francis in his 2016 Amoris laetitia largely followed the outline of the 2015 Final Report on what he used, and did not use, of Pope John Paul II’s more restrictive text dealing with the relationship between divorced and remarried Catholics and participation in the Sacraments.

 

Quiz on Church Teaching Regarding Voting with a Well-formed Conscience [uploaded October 23, 2016] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CatholicVotingGuideQuiz.pdf

 

Answers to the Quiz on Church Teaching Regarding Voting with a Well-formed Conscience [uploaded October 23, 2016] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CatholicVotingGuideQuizAnswers.pdf 

 

Concordance of “intrinsic evil” in Veritatis splendor [Uploaded November 21, 2017] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/VeritatisSplendorIntrinsicEvilConcordance.pdf

 

 

Cross Cultural Christian Ethics

 

Gangnam Style Introductory Exercise for Cross-Cultural Ethics [uploaded March 8, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/GangnamStyleIntroductoryExerciseForCrossCulturalEthics.pdf

 

 

Miscellaneous Issues & Documents:

 

Quiz on Church Teaching Regarding Voting with a Well-formed Conscience [uploaded October 23, 2016] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CatholicVotingGuideQuiz.pdf

 

Answers to the Quiz on Church Teaching Regarding Voting with a Well-formed Conscience [uploaded October 23, 2016] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CatholicVotingGuideQuizAnswers.pdf 

 

Definitions of Moral Theology and/or Christian Ethics [Uploaded August 21, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/DefinitionsOfMoralTheology.pdf

 

Moral Triangle Worksheet

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/MoralTriangleWorksheet.pdf

 

Pastoral Counseling Points

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CounselingPoints.pdf

 

Questions to the Moralist [Last updated August 1, 2014]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/QuestionsToTheMoralist.pdf

[These are actual questions with my responses to a variety of moral issues and cases.  Many of these would provide some illustration of how moral principles can be interpreted and applied to real-life situations.]

 

Six [6] C’s of Moral Discourse Outline

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSixCsOfMoralDiscourseOutline.pdf

 

 

Politics and Religion

 

Election 2016 Post-Mortem Analysis Views [updated March 11, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/Election2016PostMortem.pdf

 

Representative Articles across the Catholic Spectrum on the 2016 Election [last update As of November 8, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ReligionIn2016ElectionArticles.pdf

 

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation Related Issues:

 

Abortion and Canonical Penalties Administration & Counseling

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/AbortionCanonLaw.pdf

 

Canonical Penalties Treatment Overview

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/PenaltiesCanonicalTreatment.pdf

 

Pastoral Counseling Points

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CounselingPoints.pdf

 

Seal of Confession Notes

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/SealHandout.pdf

 

 

Scripture & Ethics Issues

 

1 Corinthians 6:9 Translations Compared:

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/1Corinthians6TranslationsCompared.pdf [uploaded August 18, 2015]

 

Methodological Considerations on Using Scripture in Ethics [Uploaded August 12, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/UsingScriptureInEthics.pdf

 

Five-Step Methodology for Using Scripture in Ethics [uploaded August 18, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/5StepMethodologyForUsingScriptureInEthics.pdf

 

Problematic Uses of Scripture in Ethics Introductory Exercise [updated August 18, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ProblematicUsesOfScriptureInEthicsExercise.pdf

 

Current Course Syllabi

 

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Research Bibliographies

 

Online Annotated Research Bibliographies (See below for individual list)

URL:  https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/Bibliographies.pdf

 

Individual Research Bibliographies

 

 ‘Abortion’ in Phoenix  Hospital Case Bibliography [uploaded October 12, 2015] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/PhoenixAbortionBibliography.pdf

 

African & African-American Inculturation Bibliography [updated September 24, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/AfricanInculturationBibliography.pdf

 

Bioethics Bibliography [Last update: October 30, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BioethicsBibliography.pdf

 

Casuistry in Moral Theology Bibliography [Last Update May 1, 2014]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CasuistryBibliography.pdf

 

Comparative Ethics Bibliography

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ComparativeEthicsBibliography.pdf

 

Conscience Bibliography [Last update: November 9, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ConscienceBibliographyByBretzke.pdf

 

Crime, Punishment and Capital Punishment Select Bibliography [Last update November 21, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CapitalPunishmentBibliography.pdf

 

Culture & Religious Studies Bibliography [Updated November 9, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CultureBibliography.pdf

 

Donum Vitae Related Key Bibliography [Uploaded November 14, 2012

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/DonumVitaeRelatedKeyBibliography.pdf

 

Ecumenical Ethics Bibliography [Last Update: August 6, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/EcumenicalEthicsBibliography.pdf

 

This bibliography contains both classical and contemporary sources and authors from the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions, arranged both by topic and by author.

 

Endo Shusaku’s Silence Select Bibliography [Updated September 18, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/EndoSilenceBibliographyByBretzke.pdf

 

Environmental & Ecological Ethics Bibliography [Uploaded August 20, 2012]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/EnvironmentalAndEcologicalEthicsBibliography.pdf

 

Evil and Compromise in Moral Theology Bibliography [Last update November 21, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/EvilAndCompromiseInMoralTheologyBibliography.pdf

 

Fundamental Moral Theology & Christian Ethics Bibliography [Last update: October 30, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/FundamentalMoralBibliography.pdf

 

Fundamental Option Theory Bibliography [Uploaded July 28, 2014]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/FundamentalOptionBibliography.pdf

 

Globalization & Ethics Bibliography

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/GlobalEthicsBibliography.pdf

 

Grizez et al. & New Natural Law Theorists [Last Update September 10, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/GrisezBibliography.pdf

 

History of Moral Theology Bibliography [Last Update August 23, 2014]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/HistoryOfMoralTheologyBibliography.pdf

 

Human Rights Bibliography [Updated September 19, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/RightsBibliography.pdf 

 

This bibliography includes both general titles related to human rights, as well as a number of entries related to East Asia and/or comparative ethics.

 

Humanae Vitae Bibliography [Last Update: February 15, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/HumanaeVitaeBibliography.pdf

 

Inculturation General Works Bibliography [Updated April 18, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/InculturationBibliography.pdf

 

Inculturation of Moral Theology Bibliography [Updated April 24, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/InculturationMoralBibliography.pdf

 

Liberation Theology Bibliography [Uploaded: August 13, 2012]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/LiberationTheologyBibliography.pdf

 

Magisterium and Moral Theology Bibliography [Last update: November 22, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/MagisteriumBibliography.pdf

 

Narrative Theology Bibliography

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/NarrativeBibliography.pdf

 

Natural Law Bibliography [Last update: December 13, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/NaturalLawBibliographyByBretzke.pdf

 

Phoenix ‘Abortion’ Case Bibliography [uploaded October 12, 2015] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/PhoenixAbortionBibliography.pdf

 

Scripture & Ethics Bibliography [[Last update: August 2, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ScriptureAndEthicsBibliography.pdf

 

Print version published by Edwin Mellen Press, 1997; revised and expanded electronic version here online.

 

Sensus Fidelium Bibliography:  See Magisterium & Moral Theology Bibliography

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/MagisteriumBibliography.pdf

 

Sexual Ethics Bibliography [Updated October 30, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/SexualEthicsBibliography.pdf

 

Online bibliography, updated regularly, which gives a large number of resources organized thematically and covering most of the themes and topics related to contemporary sexual ethics in relation to both the ecumenical and the Roman Catholic moral tradition.

 

Sin and Reconciliation Bibliography [Last update: September 22, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/SinBibliography.pdf

 

Veritatis Splendor Bibliography [Last Update November 21, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/VeritatisSplendorBibliography.pdf

 

Virtue and Virtue Ethics Bibliography [Last update October 1, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/VirtueBibliographyByBretzke.pdf

 

War and Peace Bibliography [Latest update July 28, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/WarPeaceBibliography.pdf

 

This is a relatively short bibliography compiled to aid students in further research in the basic areas of war and peace, violence, and punishment from the perspective of Christian ethics.

 

Worship, Prayer and the Sacraments in Moral Life Bibliography

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/WorshipBibliography.pdf

 

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POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS 

(In Thematic, NOT Course Sequential Order)

 

Bioethics and Health Care

 

Catholic Moral Tradition & Health-Care Principles [updated August 10, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CatholicMoralTraditionAndHealthCarePrinciples.ppsx

 

Death and Dying Catholic Debates [uploaded August 10, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/DeathAndDyingCatholicDebates.ppsx

 

The Phoenix Case Not Heard Moral Triangle Power Point Presentation [Uploaded May 18, 2012]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/PhoenixCaseNotHeardMoralTriangle.ppsx

 

This presentation was reported in the June 8, 2012 online version of the National Catholic Reporter and a further report is found in the 2012 Proceedings of the CTSA, available online at http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ctsa/issue/view/235/showToc

 

For bibliography on this case see https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/PhoenixAbortionBibliography.pdf

 

 

Reproductive Issues & Debates Power Point Presentation [uploaded August 3, 2016] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ReproductiveIssuesAndDebates.ppsx

 

Conscience

 

Catholic Moral Theology of Conscience [Uploaded February 7, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CatholicMoralTheologyOfConscience.ppsx

 

Conscience Theology Introduction Power Point Presentation [uploaded August 2, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ConscienceTheologyIntro.ppsx

 

Conscience & Magisterium: Emerging Quaestio Disputata 2016 AAR Paper [uploaded November 6, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeConscienceAndMagisteriumAARPaper2016.pdf

 

Conscience & Magisterium: Emerging Quaestio Disputata 2016 AAR Power Point Paper [uploaded November 6, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ConscienceAndMagisteriumInNextHalfCentury.ppsx

 

Conscience & Magisterium: Emerging Quaestio Disputata 2016 AAR Power Point Script Paper [uploaded November 6, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeConscienceAndMagisteriumAARPaper2016PowerPointScript.pdf

 

This presentation will lift up and unpack these contrasting views on conscience as evidenced in the range of Synodal documents, the Apostolic Exhortation, and a representative range of views from individuals such as Archbishops Blase Cupich, Charles Chaput, Joseph  Kurtz, and suffragan bishops such as James Conley of Lincoln, NE and Thomas Paprocki of Springfield IL.  My open-ended conclusion is that we are witnessing not only a major paradigm shift in the Church---with all of its attendant complexities and tensions---but clearly we also now have a genuine quaestio disputata with representative positions on the spectrum of  probabilism, probabiliorism, tutiorism and rigorism.  Consideration of these foundational concepts in the Church's moral tradition will be quite helpful in delineating the path ahead for the Church in the second half-century after the close of Vatican II.

 

Cross-Cultural and/or Inter-Religious Themes

 

Confucian Concepts in Contemporary Korean Context [uploaded October 11, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ConfucianCultureInKorea.ppsx

 

Cross-Cultural Perspectives Power Point Presentation [Uploaded with music on May 16, 2012] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CrossCulturalPerspectivesBC.ppsx

 

Also available on Microsoft Sky-Drive at

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=64c940397388ea82&sc=documents&id=64C940397388EA82%21105

 

Giving Voice to Shusaku Endo’s Novel Use of Zen Ascetical Spirituality  Catholicism, Literature and the Arts: 1850 – Present International Conference, 5-7 July 2017, Durham, UK  The Power Point for the presentation can be found at https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/HearingSilenceInEndo.ppsx  [revised June 23, 2017]

 

            Handout for Presentation Giving Voice to Shusaku Endo’s Novel Use of Zen Ascetical Spirituality https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/HearingSilenceInEndoHandout.pdf [Uploaded June 23, 2017]

 

The Last Supper and Developing Moral Imagination: Insight from Hermeneutics & Art

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/LastSupperAndMoralImagination.ppt [Uploaded January 31, 2015]

 

Love Symbols from Around the World (Student Contributions) [uploaded March 8, 2017] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/LoveSymbolsAroundTheWorld.ppsx

Taboos in Cross-Cultural Perspectives [uploaded March 8, 2017]  https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/Taboos.ppsx

 

Zen Buddhism & Confucianism Key Concepts [Uploaded November 12, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ZenBuddhismAndConfucianismKeyConcepts.ppsx

 

Magisterium Related Presentations

 

Francis Effect on Church’s Munus Docendi & Munus Gubernandi [updated May 16, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeFrancisEffectOnChurch.pdf [the article]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeFrancisEffectOnChurch.pptx [the Power Point]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeCTSFrancisEffectScript.pdf [Power Point Script]

 

Magisterium Power Point Presentation [Updated October 15, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/Magisterium.ppsx

 

Re-reading the Roman Tea Leaves on the Synods on the Family [uploaded March 29, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSynodOnTheFamilyWadeLecture.pptx [Powerpoint Presentation version]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSynodOnTheFamilyWadeLecture.pdf [PDF version]

 

Re-Reading the Roman Tea-leaves of the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSynod2015Presentation.ppsx

 

Miscellaneous Presentations

 

Life Matters: Reflections Extraordinary Synod on the Family [Uploaded October 26, 2014]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSynodOnTheFamilyBCTalk.pdf OR https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSynodOnTheFamilyBCTalk.pptx

Accompanying Script for the Reflections Extraordinary Synod on the Family Presentation

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSynodOnTheFamilyBCTalkScript.pdf

 

The Phoenix Case Not Heard Moral Triangle Power Point Presentation [Uploaded May 18, 2012]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/PhoenixCaseNotHeardMoralTriangle.ppsx

 

This presentation was reported in the June 8, 2012 online version of the National Catholic Reporter and a further report is found in the 2012 Proceedings of the CTSA, available online at http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ctsa/issue/view/235/showToc

 

 

Moral Agency, Concepts, Norms, Natural Law & Methodology

 

6 Cs of Moral Discourse & the Moral Triangle of Ethical Analysis [uploaded August 23, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/Bretzke6CsMoralTriangleMethodology.ppsx

 

Catholic Moral Theology Review Power Point (prepared for STM Theological Synthesis) [uploaded February 5, 2012]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CatholicMoralTheologyReview.htm

 

Fundamental Option & Moral Acts in Veritatis Splendor [uploaded September 30, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/FundamentalOptionMoralActsVeritatisSplendor.ppsx

 

Fundamental Moral Concepts Review1 [uploaded February 8, 2004] [Ignatius Institute Catholic Tradition II, Weeks 1 & 2 Review]

http://www.usfca.edu/fac-staff/bretzkesj/FundamentalMoralReview1.htm

 

Moral Good/Evil & Right/Wrong in Moral Agency Power Point Presentation [uploaded August 2, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/MoralGoodEvilRightWrongInMoralAgency.ppsx

 

Moral Methodology Introduction BC-STM Power Point Presentation [uploaded September 5, 2012]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/MoralMethodologyIntroBCSTM.ppsx

 

Natural Law and Intrinsic Evil Power Point Presentation [uploaded August 2, 2015]

 https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/NaturalLawAndIntrinsicEvil.ppsx

 

The Phoenix Case Not Heard Moral Triangle Power Point Presentation [Uploaded May 18, 2012]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/PhoenixCaseNotHeardMoralTriangle.ppsx

 

Political Choices in a Morally Complex World [updated June 13, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/PoliticalChoices.ppsx

 

Principle of the Double Effect Power Point Presentation [uploaded August 3, 2016] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/DoubleEffectPrinciple.ppsx

 

Prudential Judgments in Moral Dilemmas Power Point Presentation [Uploaded September 3, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/PrudentialJudgmentsInMoralDilemmas.ppsx

 

Scripture

 

Decoding 1 Corinthians 6:9 [Updated October 10, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/Decoding1Corinthians6.ppsx

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/Decoding1Corinthians6.pdf

 

 

Sexual Ethics

 

Church Teaching in Contested Areas: Homosexuality and Gender [uploaded March 5, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ChurchTeachingHomosexualityAndGender.ppsx

 

Church Teaching & Tradition in Sexual Ethics Power-Point Presentation [Updated February 27, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ChurchTeachingAndTraditionInSexualEthics.ppsx

 

Church Teaching & Tradition on Gender in Sexual Ethics Power-Point Presentation [Uploaded February 27, 2017]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ChurchTeachingAndTraditionInGenderInSexualEthics.ppsx

 

Conversations That Matter: Homosexuality—A Difficult Issue For Sexual Ethics [uploaded November 4, 2014]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ConversationsThatMatterHomosexualityADifficultIssueForSexualEthics.ppt

 

Decoding 1 Corinthians 6:9 [Uploaded November 4, 2014]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/Decoding1Corinthians6.ppt

 

Irregular Unions in the 2014 Extraordinary Synod [uploaded August 3, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/IrregularUnionsInThe2014Synod.ppsx

 

Tensions in Roman Catholic Sexual Ethics Power Point Presentation [uploaded August 3, 2016] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/RomanCatholicSexualEthicsTensions.ppsx

 

 

Sin, Reconciliation, Pastoral Counseling and Spirituality

 

 

Ambassadors of Reconciliation in the Jubilee Year of Mercy Uploaded February 4, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/AmbassadorsOfReconciliationYearOfMercy.ppsx

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/AmbassadorsOfReconciliationYearOfMercy.pdf

 

Hope for Healing: Ambassadors of Reconciliation in Confronting Sin and Moral Failure.  Boston College School of Theology & Ministry 17 March 2011.  Presentation available online at http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/stm/edevnts/CampusEvents/PastLectures/2011/02-01-2011_2.html

 

Social Ethics

 

Spirituality

 

Spirituality for the Long Haul in Consecrated Life [Uploaded February 4, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/SpiritualityForTheLongHaulConsecratedLife.ppsx

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/SpiritualityForTheLongHaulConsecratedLife.pdf

 

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COURSES TAUGHT

 

At Boston College [Listed in reverse chronological order]

 

2017-18 Academic Year: On sabbatical

 

2016-17 Academic Year

 

TMCE7011 Cross-Cultural Christian Ethics Syllabus Fall 2016 [Uploaded August 3, 2016] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/TMCE7011CrossCulturalEthicsSyllabusFall2016.pdf

 

TMCE8002 Fundamental Moral Theology Syllabus 2016 [Updated August 12, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/TMCE8002FundamentalMoralTheologySyllabus2016.pdf

 

TMPS 8006 Ministry & Theology of the Sacrament of Reconciliation Syllabus 2017 [Uploaded August 3, 2016] https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/TMPS8006ConfessionPracticumSyllabus2017.pdf

 

2015-16 Academic Year

 

TMCE8551 Moral Authority, Conscience, Virtue and the Natural Law [Updated August 16, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/TMCE8551MoralAuthorityConscienceVirtueNaturalLawSyllabus2015.pdf

 

TMPS 8006 Ministry & Theology of the Sacrament of Reconciliation Practicum [Uploaded August 3, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/TMPS8006ConfessionPracticumSyllabus.pdf

 

Prior Academic Years

 

TMST 8021 Priesthood: Theology & Praxis

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/TMST8021PriesthoodCourseSyllabus.pdf

 

TM 726 Magisterium and Contemporary Moral Debates Seminar [2008. 2011; last updated April 11, 2012]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/TM726MagisteriumAndContemporaryMoralDebatesBretzkeSyllabusFall2012.pdf

 

TM 860 Conscience and the Natural Law Seminar [2010]

 

TM 735 Contemporary Moral Problems in Ecumenical Perspective [2009]

 

TM 560 Critical Contemporary Ethical Issues [2010]

 

TM 509 Cross-Cultural Christian Ethics [2008]

 

TM 825 Ethics in an Ecumenical Perspective [2009]

 

TM 860 Conscience and the Natural Law Seminar [2010]

 

TM 735 Contemporary Moral Problems in Ecumenical Perspective [2009]

 

TM 560 Critical Contemporary Ethical Issues [2010]

 

TM 509 Cross-Cultural Christian Ethics [2008]

 

TM 825 Ethics in an Ecumenical Perspective [2009]

 

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES

 

Responsum ad Dubia: Harmonizing Veritatis splendor and Amoris laetitia through a conscience-informed casuistry.  Conference: Pope Francis, A Voice Crying Out in the World: Mercy, Justice, Love and Care for the Earth April 13–15, 2018 Villanova University.

 

The 5 Dubia of Cardinals Burke et al. on Amoris laetitia (AL) posits a supposed contradiction between Veritatis splendor (VS) on intrinsically evil acts and AL’s position on pastoral discernment allowing for the possibility of a divorced/remarried individual to return to the Sacraments without obtaining an annulment or promising to live as “brother and sister.”  While it can be acknowledged that AL does move beyond Familiaris consortio (FC#84) in allowing a person(s) living in more uxorio (1st Dubium).  However, careful analysis of the relevant texts shows that Pope Francis has neither contradicted the moral tradition of the Church nor VS itself by envisioning such a practice (Dubia 2-5).  This thesis will be further developed by careful attention to a conscience-informed casuistry grounded in the teaching of Gaudium et spes and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

 

Handout for “Responsum ad Dubia: Harmonizing Veritatis splendor and Amoris laetitia through a Conscience-informed Casuistry” https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeHarmonizingDubiaAndVeritatisSplendorHandout.pdf [uploaded October 3, 2017]

 

“Inculturating the Seeds of Grace in the ‘Swamp’ of Endo’s Silence.” Presentation to the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) Annual Convention. June 7-10, 2018. Marriott Hotel, Indianapolis, IN.

 

Precis “Japan is a swamp in which Christianity cannot grow” states Lord Inoue in Shusaku Endo’s 1966 historical novel 沈黙 (Silence) to explain the seeming failure of Christianity to firmly establish itself.  Reconsidering the novel as an exemplar of the inculturation of grace, Endo portrays through an approximation of Japanese Buddhist practices of Zazen, (“quiet sitting”) and Koans, (meditation riddles), as an in-breaking of grace that enables Fr. Rodrigues to achieve Satori (enlightenment) in “hearing” God’s “silence.” This also uncovers deeper meanings regarding the trampling of the Fumie, the supposed apostasy of the Jesuits and “betrayal” done by Kichijiro.

 

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RECENT PAST WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

 

N.B. See the Curriculum Vitae for a more complete list of past Conferences

 

 

Deep Silence: Giving Voice to Shusaku Endo’s Novel Use of Zen Ascetical Spirituality” American Academy of Religion National Convention, November 2016.

 

Martin Scorsese’s movie version of Shusaku Endo’s masterpiece “Silence” (沈黙  has created considerable controversy over the portrayal of Father Sebastian Rodrigues seeming apostasy comes in answering Christ’s silence-breaking command to trample the fumie (an image of Jesus).  Attention to how Endo uses as a paradigm in his novel the traditional Zen religious ascetic practice aimed at the personal search for meaning and enlightenment (Satori) helps a proper interpretation of this watershed act.  Central to this practice is the progressive use of enigmas called Koans used to free oneself from the constraints of a rationality that obscures true Insight.  This then furnishes the hermeneutical key not only to the supposed apostasy of the Jesuit priests as well as the “betrayal” done by Kichijiro, but also Endo’s own theological understanding of Christianity in the Japanese cultural context.

 

Bretzke’s AAR Presentation on Endo’s Deep Silence (November 19, 2017)

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/DeepSilenceEndoAAR.ppsx (Power Point Presentation)

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/DeepSilenceEndoAARScript.pdf (Accompanying Script)

 

Giving Voice to Shusaku Endo’s Novel Use of Zen Ascetical Spirituality  Catholicism, Literature and the Arts: 1850 – Present International Conference, 5-7 July 2017, Durham, UK  The Power Point for the presentation can be found at https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/HearingSilenceInEndo.ppsx  [revised June 23, 2017; presented July 6, 2017]

 

Martin Scorsese’s movie version of Shusaku Endo’s 1966 masterpiece “Silence” (沈黙  Chinmoku in the Japanese) is both quite faithful to the novel and controversial—especially for the way in which the protagonist, the Jesuit Father Sebastian Rodrigues, comes to the painful act of apparent apostasy.  Rodrigues takes this fateful (some argue “fatal”) step in answering what he believes is Christ’s silence-breaking command to trample the fumie (a Christian sacred image of Jesus or Mary used by Japanese officials to discover Christians).  Attention to how Endo uses as a paradigm in his novel the traditional Zen religious ascetic practice aimed at the personal search for meaning and enlightenment (Satori) helps a proper interpretation of this watershed act.  Central to this practice is the progressive use of a series of enigmas called Koans that the practitioner wrestles with in order to free oneself from the constraints of a blinding rationality that obscures and obstructs true Insight.  Seen in the light of this search-struggle the ideograms that comprise the  book’s title Chinmoku (沈黙 ) would be more accurately rendered as “Profound Silence” or even “Meditative Silence.”  This in turn furnishes the hermeneutical key not only to the supposed apostasy of the Jesuit priests as well as the “betrayal” done by Kichijiro, but also Endo’s own theological understanding of Christianity in the Japanese cultural context.

 

Listening to the ‘Silence’ of Shusaku Endo's God.  New England Maritimes American Academy of Religion Annual Convention.  Boston University School of Theology.  April 8, 2017.  Power Point: Hearing the Silence in Shusaku Endo’s Chinmoku (“Silence”): https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/HearingSilenceInEndo.ppsx [uploaded April 5, 2017]

 

Father Sebastian Rodrigues seeming apostasy comes in answering Christ’s silence-breaking command to trample the fumie (an image of Jesus).  Attention to how Endo uses as a paradigm in his novel the traditional Zen religious ascetic practice aimed at the personal search for meaning and enlightenment (Satori) helps a proper interpretation of this watershed act.  Central to this practice is the progressive use of enigmas called Koans used to free oneself from the constraints of a rationality that obscures true Insight.

 

ANavigating a Morally Complex World:  Gender Identity Questions in the Contemporary Context of the Catholic Moral Tradition@ Day-long Workshop presented to the East Coast Heads of Schools and Trustees of the Network Schools of the Sacred Heart.  Saturday March 4, 2017 Convent School of the Sacred Heart, New York, NY.

 

Church Teaching & Tradition on Gender in Sexual Ethics Power-Point Presentation

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ChurchTeachingAndTraditionInGenderInSexualEthics.ppsx

 

“Conscience and Magisterium in the Next Half-Century:  An Emerging Quaestio Disputata” American Academy of Religion Annual Convention: Vatican II Studies Session 19 November 2016 San Antonio TX

 

This presentation will lift up and unpack these contrasting views on conscience as evidenced in the range of Synodal documents, the Apostolic Exhortation, and a representative range of views from individuals such as Archbishops Blase Cupich, Charles Chaput, Joseph  Kurtz, and suffragan bishops such as James Conley of Lincoln, NE and Thomas Paprocki of Springfield IL.  My open-ended conclusion is that we are witnessing not only a major paradigm shift in the Church---with all of its attendant complexities and tensions---but clearly we also now have a genuine quaestio disputata with representative positions on the spectrum of  probabilism, probabiliorism, tutiorism and rigorism.  Consideration of these foundational concepts in the Church's moral tradition will be quite helpful in delineating the path ahead for the Church in the second half-century after the close of Vatican II.

 

Conscience & Magisterium: Emerging Quaestio Disputata 2016 AAR Paper [uploaded November 6, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeConscienceAndMagisteriumAARPaper2016.pdf

 

Conscience & Magisterium: Emerging Quaestio Disputata 2016 AAR Power Point Paper [uploaded November 6, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ConscienceAndMagisteriumInNextHalfCentury.ppsx

 

Conscience & Magisterium: Emerging Quaestio Disputata 2016 AAR Power Point Script Paper [uploaded November 6, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeConscienceAndMagisteriumAARPaper2016PowerPointScript.pdf

 

Panel member for the STM Dean’s Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture 20 April 2016: “Theology of Pope Francis: Real Reform or Window Dressing?”  See http://www.bc.edu/schools/stm/edevnts/CampusEvents/PastLectures/2016/francis-reform.html

 

While Pope Francis has clearly attracted a ready ear among the Catholic faithful, his efforts to extend a more compassionate message to those who have been alienated from the faith and bring them back to the Church has generated a surprising amount of resistance among the hierarchy.  That is especially true among American bishops, who in many respects are his chief critics. The conversation begins among the panelists who address these issues, and then moves out to include questions and comments from the audience.

 

February 6, 2016 Diocese of Fall River, MA Daylong presentation on the Year of Consecrated Life and the Jubilee of Mercy.

 

Spirituality for the Long Haul in Consecrated Life Uploaded February 4, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/SpiritualityForTheLongHaulConsecratedLife.ppsx

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/SpiritualityForTheLongHaulConsecratedLife.pdf

 

Ambassadors of Reconciliation in the Jubilee Year of Mercy Uploaded February 4, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/AmbassadorsOfReconciliationYearOfMercy.ppsx

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/AmbassadorsOfReconciliationYearOfMercy.pdf

 

 

Panel Presentation: "Families, Family Ethics, and the Global Future: Reflections on the Ordinary Synod" Society of Christian Ethics Annual Convention, Toronto, January 8, 2016

 

In the wake of the Ordinary Synod on Marriage and Family in October 2015, as well as the Extraordinary Synod in 2014, the Families and the Social Order interest group welcomes four panelists to its concurrent session for an important conversation in the area of family ethics. James Bretzke, S.J., Christina Astorga, Andrew Kim, and Jana Bennett will reflect on the actions taken by the Catholic bishops from a variety of perspectives that include the significance of any changes to pastoral and juridical practice, as well as points of resonance and dissonance with the lived experience of families.

 

“Re-reading the Roman Tea-leaves: The Francis Effect on the Synods on the Family  in the Jubilee Year of Mercy.”  Church in the 21st Century (C-21), Boston College, 4 November 2015.

 

"Mercy, and not sacrifice," are among the chief fundamental values of the Francis Effect in the Church which the Pope envisions as a missionary field hospital that re-focuses its attention on responding to the deepest wounds of souls desperately in need of the healing ministrations of the Gospel.  In a real sense the two-part Synod on the Family have functioned as an extended and in-depth clinical trial over the medicine of mercy that Pope Francis has prescribed for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year soon to begin.  This talk reflects on these themes by examining the recently concluded Synod on the Family in the context of last year's much debated Extraordinary Synod and in light of  Pope Francis's September visits to Cuba and the United States.

 

This presentation can be viewed at http://www.bc.edu/schools/stm/edevnts/CampusEvents/PastLectures/2015/11-4-2015.html

 

“Re-reading the Roman Tea-leaves: The Francis Effect on the Munus docendi & gubernandi of the Church.” Academic Presentation to the College Theology Society Annual Convention 28-31 May 2015.  University of Portland, Portland OR.

 

Building on what commentators and theologians have dubbed the “Francis effect,” this presentation tracks how what cultural anthropologists term “fundamental values” and “root paradigms” along with the Pope’s frequent use of what O’Malley calls epideictic genre are operating in the Church today.  Attention is also given to the phenomena of increasing acrimony and resistance to the Francis Effect in some quarters of the Church traditionally considered to be most loyal to the papal magisterium.

 

Francis Effect on Church’s Munus Docendi & Munus Gubernandi [updated May 27, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeFrancisEffectOnChurch.pdf [the article]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeFrancisEffectOnChurch.pptx [the Power Point]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeCTSFrancisEffectScript.pdf [Power Point Script]

 

 

“Re-Reading the Roman Tea Leaves on the Synods on the Family: Reflecting Back and Looking Forward” Wade Lecture, Marquette University, Milwaukee WI 8 April 2015.

Re-reading the Roman Tea Leaves on the Synods on the Family [updated April 8, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSynodOnTheFamilyWadeLecture.pptx [Power Point Presentation version]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSynodOnTheFamilyWadeLecture.pdf [PDF version]

Script for “Re-reading the Roman Tea Leaves on the Synods on the Family [uploaded April 3, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSynodOnTheFamilyWadeLectureScript.pdf

 

Conversations That Matter: Homosexuality—A Difficult Issue For Sexual Ethics

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ConversationsThatMatterHomosexualityADifficultIssueForSexualEthics.ppt

 

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry 11 November 2014

 

 

Life Matters: Reflections Extraordinary Synod on the Family See http://www.bc.edu/schools/stm/edevnts/CampusEvents/PastLectures/2014/10-28-2014.html

 

Also see

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSynodOnTheFamilyBCTalk.pdf OR https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSynodOnTheFamilyBCTalk.pptx

 

“The Case Not Heard: Moral Methodology & the Phoenix “Abortion” Debate” Selected Session of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) Annual Convention.  St. Louis MO, June 9, 2012.

 

The Phoenix Case Not Heard Moral Triangle Power Point Presentation [Uploaded May 18, 2012]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/PhoenixCaseNotHeardMoralTriangle.ppsx

 

Handout for the Phoenix Case Not Heard Presentation [Uploaded May 18, 2012]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CaseNotHeardMoralTriangleHandout.pdf

 

 

“A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Introducing Cross-Cultural Ethics in the Context of Religious Pluralism.” Georgetown University Pluralism Conference.  May 23-26, 2012.

 

Electronic Version of Presentation Handout (with live links): https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeCrossCulturalEthicsGeorgetownHandout.pdf

 

Cross-Cultural Perspectives Power Point Presentation ]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/CrossCulturalPerspectivesBC.ppsx

 

Also available on Microsoft Sky at

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=64c940397388ea82&sc=documents&id=64C940397388EA82%21105

 

 

Cross-Cultural Ethics in a Context of Pluralism & Multiculturalism: Teaching Where Religion and Ethics Intersect Paper Delivered 15 March 2012 to the New England Maritime and Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention of the American Academy of Religion, New Brunswick NJ

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeTeachingCrossCulturalEthicsPaperRegionalAARMarch2012.pdf [uploaded March 7, 2012]

 

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Selected Articles by James T. Bretzke, S.J. (alphabetical by title)

 

 “After the Choice: The Church’s Post-Abortion Outreach to Women” Co-authored with Monika Rodman. America 181 (6 November 1999): 14-19.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeRodmanAfterTheChoice.pdf

 

This article details the post-abortion outreach program used in the Oakland Diocese in light of the Church's pastoral mission to those who have suffered through abortions.

 

“A Burden of Means:  An Overlooked Aspect of the Terri Schiavo PVS Debate.” Landas 18/2 (2004): 211-230.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeBurdenOfMeansLandas.pdf

 

The struggle over the removal of the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who has been in a PVS condition for thirteen years, has occasioned a great deal of attention and debate in the ethical, political, and religious arenas.  Numerous op ed pieces and longer position papers have appeared over the last several months.  The Catholic Bishops of Florida have also entered the fray with a statement which seems to come down on the side of Terri’s parents and Governor Jeb Bush.  However, the Florida Bishops’ statement also seems either to have overlooked, or rendered a rather problematic assessment in regards to an important dimension of the traditional principle of ordinary and extraordinary means which has been widely employed in health care ethics.  This overlooked aspect is the notion of burden of treatment.  This article gives a brief rehearsal of the ordinary/extraordinary means principle as it relates to the Terri Schiavo case and provide of brief summary of some of the representative assessments that have appeared in the press.  The major focus of the article, though, will center in on the notion of burden of treatment and will use a position adopted by the Philippine Bishops in the Filipino Catechism to critique the position adopted by the Florida Bishops. Furthermore, the conflicting ecclesial positions will also help to illustrate in greater depth some of the issues regarding the claims and competencies of Church authorities when they enter into a particular case with the aim of providing moral guidance.

 

A Burden Of Means--Interpreting Recent Catholic Magisterial Teaching on End-of-Life Issues” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 60/2 (Fall/Winter 2006): 183-200.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeBurdenOfMeansInterpretingMagisterialEndOfLifeTeachings.pdf

 

Was awarded the “Best Article in 2006” award by the College Theology Society.

 

This article first presents general guidelines for interpreting magisterial documents using Lumen gentium’s triple criteria of considering the character, manner, and frequency of magisterial teaching in order to better determine the relative authority and weight of the magisterial teaching.  Next these criteria are applied to a careful reading of the Pope John Paul II’s various documents that deal with end-of-life issues, especially his controverted March 2004 Address to the Participants in the International Congress on "Life-sustaining Treatments and Vegetative State: Scientific Advances and Ethical Dilemmas.  This analysis concludes that the Pope did not in fact assert that artificial hydration and nutrition had to be used in virtually every medical case, such as patients diagnosed to be in a persistent vegetative state.

 

"The Common Good in a Cross-Cultural Perspective Insights from the Confucian Moral Community."  In Religion, Ethics & the Common Good, 83-105.  Annual Publication of the College Theology Society, 41.  Edited by James Donahue and Theresa Moser.  Mystic CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1996.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeCommonGood.pdf

 

Recent discussion concerning multiculturalism, pluralism, globalization of ethics and the prospects for a "common morality" all provide a challenging context for critical ethical reflection on the notions of the common good as these are found in various cultural and religious traditions.  This article investigates the possibility of enriching our liberal Western notion of the common good from a cross-cultural perspective afforded by Confucianism and what might be called the Confucian notion of the "common good," even though the precise terminological equivalent is not found in the Confucian literature or philosophical tradition.  An original exposition of the notion of the common good exegeted from the Confucian canon is presented and discussed in reference to the Confucian cardinal virtues, the notion of the chün-tzu (paradigmatic moral individual); the four cardinal virtues of jen, yi, li, and chih; an understanding of community as fiduciary; and the moral force of the notion of the T'ien-ming or Mandate of Heaven.

 

Conscience & Magisterium: Emerging Quaestio Disputata 2016 AAR Paper [uploaded November 6, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeConscienceAndMagisteriumAARPaper2016.pdf

 

This presentation will lift up and unpack these contrasting views on conscience as evidenced in the range of Synodal documents, the Apostolic Exhortation, and a representative range of views from individuals such as Archbishops Blase Cupich, Charles Chaput, Joseph  Kurtz, and suffragan bishops such as James Conley of Lincoln, NE and Thomas Paprocki of Springfield IL.  My open-ended conclusion is that we are witnessing not only a major paradigm shift in the Church---with all of its attendant complexities and tensions---but clearly we also now have a genuine quaestio disputata with representative positions on the spectrum of  probabilism, probabiliorism, tutiorism and rigorism.  Consideration of these foundational concepts in the Church's moral tradition will be quite helpful in delineating the path ahead for the Church in the second half-century after the close of Vatican II.

 

Conscience & Magisterium: Emerging Quaestio Disputata 2016 AAR Power Point Paper [uploaded November 6, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/ConscienceAndMagisteriumInNextHalfCentury.ppsx

 

Conscience & Magisterium: Emerging Quaestio Disputata 2016 AAR Power Point Script Paper [uploaded November 6, 2016]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeConscienceAndMagisteriumAARPaper2016Script.pdf

 

 

"Cracking the Code: Minjung Theology as an Expression of the Holy Spirit in Korea."   Pacifica 10 (October 1997): 319-330.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeCrackingTheCode.pdf

 

Minjung theology's development Korea as an indigenous theology of liberation is a genuine response to the Holy Spirit in Asia's fastest growing Christian population, though not without its problematic elements and critics.  This article reflects on the inculturation of minjung theology in terms of a five-stage framework suggested by the Pentecost account in Acts 2:1-42.

 

"Cultural Particularity & Globalization of Ethics in the Light of Inculturation Pacifica 9 (1996): 69-86.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeCulturalParticularity.pdf

 

Increased interest in the so-called "globalization of ethics" has led to a number of studies which utilize various hermeneutical and communicative theories to sketch out viable paradigms for developing a fundamental Christian ethics as a whole, as well as its various components such as moral reasoning, which together would be capable of entering into and maintaining such discourse.  The accent of most of these studies falls on the universalizability of ethical discourse and scant attention has been given to the cultural particularity of each and every ethos and ethical system.  This article briefly rehearses the principal elements of the concerns raised by the globalization of ethics and then focuses on the particularity of culture using insights from both cultural anthropology and inculturation.  The Confucian context of Korea is employed to illustrate some of the issues raised by greater attention to cultural particularity.

“Ecumenical Ethics in the Historical Context of Vatican II Moral Theology.”  Josephinum Journal of Theology 6 (Summer/Fall 1999): 18-38.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeEcumenicalEthics.pdf

 

This article considers the historical context and continued prospects, principally from the Roman Catholic perspective, for the possibility of ecumenical collaboration in the field of Christian ethics.  Vatican II is taken as a watershed period for a backward and forward look at such ecumenical efforts.  Before Vatican II the atmosphere was marked among both Catholics and Protestants more by polemics and mutual misunderstanding.  However, the Council itself, as well as several of its key documents, indicate a paradigm shift in the whole attitude toward ecumenism in general, as well as in the particular approaches Roman Catholic moralists take to their elaboration of fundamental Christian ethics.  Several Conciliar documents are briefly analyzed, and a number of other key paradigm shifts in Roman Catholic moral theology are discussed in order to describe a more positive future agenda for continued efforts in ecumenical Christian ethics. 

 

 “The Ethicist Is In” (Catholic Teaching on ANH).  Ethical Times  Bulletin of the Program in Medicine and Human Values. 15 (Summer 2008): 2-3.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeEthicistIsInEthicalTimes15Summer08.pdf

 

Response to a concrete case study which involves an analysis of how to apply Catholic bioethical principles on ordinary and extraordinary means to a elderly terminally ill patient who has additionally suffered from a stroke and is incapacitated.

 

Francis Effect on Church’s Munus Docendi & Munus Gubernandi [uploaded May 7, 2015]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeFrancisEffectOnChurch.pdf [the article]

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeFrancisEffectOnChurch.pptx [the Power Point]

 

Building on what commentators and theologians have dubbed the “Francis effect,” this presentation tracks how the Pope’s frequent use of what O’Malley calls epideictic genre is trickling down and how the Vatican culture may be changing in some key ways. This hypothesis will be tested by carefully analyzing the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod of the Family documents and discussions, the November 2014 USCCB bishops meeting in Baltimore, some key episcopal and dicasterial appointments, as well as some recent documents such as the International Theological Commission’s Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church as well.  The paper will conclude with a look forward to the upcoming “regular” tri-ennial Synod on the Family scheduled for October 2015.

 

 “How Can Ethics Be Christian?  What the Pontifical Biblical Commission Might Offer in Response.”  Bible Today 48:4 (July/August 2010): 209-215.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeHowCanEthicsBeChristianPBCResponseBibleTodayJuly2010.pdf

 

This article, which is part of a dedicated issue celebrating fifty years of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, explores how the 2008 document from the Pontifical Biblical Commission, The Bible and Morality: Biblical Roots of Christian Conduct,   might contribute to Vatican II’s mandate that Scripture be truly the soul of all theology and that moral theology in particular be more nourished by the Bible.

 

“Human Rights or Human Rites?: A Confucian Cross-Cultural Perspective.”  East Asian Pastoral Review 41/1 (2003): 44-67. 

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeHumanRightsOrHumanRitesEAPIArticle.pdf

 

This article is an expanded version of “Human Rights or Human Rites? A Challenge of Sacred Texts and Traditions to Global Moral Discourse” Conference Proceedings of Faithful/Fateful Encounters: Religion and Cultural Exchanges Between Asia and the West.  Beijing and Berkeley.

 

“Human Rights or Human Rites?  Insights from Cross-Cultural Ethics” In Faithful/Fateful Encounters: Religion and Cultural Exchanges Between Asia and the West: Proceedings From an International Conference, 458-475. Edited by Zhuo Xinping, Judith Berling, and Philip Wickeri.  Beijing: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of World Religions, 2005.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeHumanRightsCrossCulturalInsightsChapter.pdf

 

Recent discussion concerning the globalization of ethics and the prospects for a common morality, as well as related issues such as inculturation, pluralism, and multiculturalism all provide a challenging context for critical ethical reflection on the notions of human rights as these are found in various cultural and religious traditions.  This article focuses on a cross-cultural discussion of human rights by considering the Confucian understanding of human rights as human rituals whose sacred claim is grounded in the notion of relationality based on the Confucian Five Relationships and the virtues of li (propriety) and hsin (fidelity).  The article argues that Confucianism is a positive resource for both inter-religious dialogue and cross-cultural ethics and concludes by outlining some prospects for using the Confucian notion of human dignity, rights and the common good to further discussion on multi-culturalism, inter-religious and cross-cultural dialogue.

 

“The Lesser Evil: Insights from the Catholic Moral Tradition.”  America (26 March 2007): 16-18. https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeLesserEvilAmerica26March07.pdf

 

Part of a special issue devoted to the theological issues of good and evil.  This article briefly outlines the various principles  in the Catholic moral tradition that permit doing evil to achieve good, namely cooperation, tolerance, double effect and then focuses on what is often the most problematic principle, the minus malum (or lesser evil) principle.

 

“Life Matters: 6 ‘C’s’ of Moral DiscourseNew Theology Review 15 (May 2002): 48-59. http://www.usfca.edu/fac-staff/bretzkesj/LifeMatters6Cs.pdf

 

One of the problems in establishing a common ground is the lack of evaluative criteria for moral discourse and dialogue for such hot-button issues.  This article proposes six key evaluative criteria which can be applied to all of the various positions in the abortion debate, as well as other concrete moral issues. The article develops and tests each of these criteria, applying them to representative positions on both sides of the abortion debate and concludes by offering some concrete suggestions for better articulating a common ground position which must be used together in addressing concrete moral problems.

 

"Minjung Theology and Inculturation in the Context of the History of Christianity in Korea."  East Asian Pastoral Review 28 (1991): 108-130.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeMinjungTheologyAndInculturationInKoreaEAPR1991.pdf

 

Discusses the Korean version of liberation theology, minjung theology, in the historical context of the development of Christianity in the Korean Peninsula.

 

“Moral Theology Out of Asia  Theological Studies 61 (March 2000): 106-121.

Digested version in Tinig Loyola (Quezon City, Philippines) 2 (September 2000): 11-14; 29-29

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeMoralTheologyOutOfAsia.pdf

 

Review of some of the main issues, recent developments and contributions of Christian ethicians and others working in East Asia.  Special attention is paid to the recent Synod on Asia.

 

“A New Pentecost for Moral Theology:  The Challenge of Inculturation of Ethics.”  Josephinum 10:2 (Summer/Fall 2003): 250-260.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeNewPentecost.pdf

 

Suggests that a principal task for the discipline of moral theology at the beginning of the twenty-first century will be to engage the challenge of developing a cross-cultural ethics which will recognize first that a certain plurality of views on important moral concepts such as virtue, duty, the common good, the natural law, etc. is a positive value in itself, rather than an obstacle to be overcome, side-stepped, or obliterated, and second, that a process of cross-cultural dialogue based on mutual respect for the various cultures will facilitate the cultivation of the richness of this moral pluralism.  If such an approach is adopted and followed then ethical pluralism itself can be transformed and we shall be able to move from a pluralism of "co-existence" in which several moral outlooks exist along-side one another, and whose primary moral claim is for mutual tolerance, to a healthier pluralism whose central value is better expressed by the metaphor of "cross-fertilization."  Through ethical cross-fertilization a fuller understanding of the richness and complexity of the moral world would develop both within individual cultures as well as across cultures as well as to help correct some persistent and tenacious problems connected with the darker side of any culture's moral world-view and ethical values and practices.

"The Notion of Sincerity (Ch'eng) from a Neo-Confucian Metaphysical Perspective."  Co-authored with Luke Jong-Hyeok Sim. Acta Koreana 4 (2001): 77-94.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSimNotionOfSincerity.pdf

 

Often Neo-Confucianism has been studied primarily through the lens of concepts such as tao or ri.  While Tao and ri provide a metaphysical basis for Neo-Confucian thought, they suffer from a certain lack of clarity due to the Taoist and Buddhist influences these concepts invariably carry.  Moreover, tao and ri lack an adequate epistemological basis which would translate the ideals contained in Confucian thought into the practical moral living which had always been the goal and hallmark of Confucianism from its earliest days.  An in-depth study of the Confucian notion of sincerity (ch'eng) can remedy these deficiencies by providing a more unified understanding of not only this concept itself, but also of Neo-Confucian thought as a whole.  Furthermore, using sincerity as the hermeneutical key for Confucian metaphysics will facilitate the movement to an epistemology which in turn will translate more easily the Confucian ideals into the life of moral cultivation exemplified in the concept of sagehood.

"The Notion of Sincerity (Ch'eng) in The Confucian Classics."  Co-authored with Luke Jong-Hyeok Sim.  Journal of Chinese Philosophy  21 (1994): 179-212.

http://www.usfca.edu/fac-staff/bretzkesj/SincereConfucian.pdf

 

Discusses the concept of Sincerity (Ch'eng) in the Great Learning and Doctrine of the Mean in relation to moral cultivation in Confucian philosophy.

 

“Re-Reading the Tea-leaves of Moral Theology 50 Years after Vatican II.”  Essay for "Vatican II and the Future of the Church" Internet Conference and published online August 6, 2015 at http://wakeuplazarus.net/v2/ESSAYS/bretzke.html

 

 “Scripture and Ethics: Core, Context, and Coherence” In Moral Theology: New Directions and Fundamental Issues.  Essays in Honor of James Hanigan.  Edited by James Keating.  New York: Paulist Press, 2004.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeScriptureEthicsCoreContextCoherence.pdf

 

 Scripture, The Soul of Moral Theology? -- The Second Stage."  Irish Theological Quarterly 60 (1994): 259-271.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeScriptureSoulOfMoralTheology2ndStageITQ1994.pdf

 

The initial response of Vatican II's call in Optatam totius for greater attention to Scripture in all moral theology, might be termed a "First Stage," in which both ethicians and exegetes tried to highlight better the ethical dimension of Scripture better in their respective disciplines and to allow Scripture as a whole to nourish theology more completely.  However, now we need to move beyond this First Stage to a Second and Third Stage.  This Second Stage, which is the focus of this article, suggests a reconsideration of some of the relevant documents from Vatican II, especially Optatam totius and Dei verbum, in order to ground better our reflections on the integration of Scripture with theology as whole, and moral theology in particular.  The article concludes by outlining some of the issues, such as the authority of Scripture and the problematic of hermeneutics, which still need to be addressed if Scripture is truly to nourish our Roman Catholic moral theology.  Finally, this Second Stage itself points to the necessity of a Third Stage in which reflection will center development of a concrete and practical methodology for the use of Scripture in Christian ethics.

 

“Spirituality USA: Surveying the Scene.” In Living Theology: the Intersection of Culture, Spirituality, and Theology in Asia and the Pacific, 4-12.  Edited by Jose Mario C. Francisco, S.J.  Manila: Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania, 2001.

http://www.usfca.edu/fac-staff/bretzkesj/SpiritualityUSA.pdf

 

Originally given as a paper presented to the JCEAO Theological Study Week, July 23-27, 2001, East Asian Pastoral Institute (EAPI),Quezon City, Philippines.

"The Tao of Confucian Virtue Ethics."  International Philosophical Quarterly 35 (1995): 25-41.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeTaoOfConfucianVirtueEthics.pdf

 

Investigates the key aspects of the Confucian virtue ethics in relation to the notions of the chün-tzu (Superior Person), the Five Relationships of society, the particular Confucian virtues of jen (benevolence) and li (propriety), the moral vision of the tao (Way), and the understanding of the t'ien-ming (Mandate of Heaven).  The thesis of the article is that the moral matrix provided by the web of social relationships is what allows the Confucian ethics of virtue to function  well.

 

“Teaching Across the Cultural Digital Divide: Cross-Cultural Christian Ethics on the Pacific Rim

http://www.usfca.edu/fac-staff/bretzkesj/EthicsAcrossTheDivide.pdf

 

Cross-Cultural Ethics in a Context of Pluralism & Multiculturalism: Teaching Where Religion and Ethics Intersect Paper Delivered 15 March 2012 to the New England Maritime and Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention of the American Academy of Religion, New Brunswick NJ

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeTeachingCrossCulturalEthicsPaperRegionalAARMarch2012.pdf [uploaded March 7, 2012]

 

Theology of Accompaniment as a Post-Minjung Theology in Korea.  Presentation to the Korean Religions Group of the American Academy of Religion Annual Convention 22-25 November 2003 Atlanta.

 

            Theology of Accompaniment in Korea Essay [Uploaded November 11, 2003]

http://www.usfca.edu/fac-staff/bretzkesj/TheologyAccompanimentEssay.pdf

 

Theology of Accompaniment in Korea Power Point Presentation [Uploaded November 11, 2003]

http://www.usfca.edu/fac-staff/bretzkesj/TheologyAccompaniment.htm

 

“Through Thick And Thin: Teaching Ethics in a Cross-cultural Perspective” Horizons 27 (Spring 2000): 63-80.

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeCreativeTeachingHorizons.pdf

 

As the 20th century closes our universities, theological centers and even seminary settings, can no longer presume a homogeneous religious and cultural academic community among either students or professors.  This fact, coupled with recent discussion concerning the globalization of ethics and the prospects for a common morality, as well as related issues such as inculturation, pluralism, and multi-culturalism all provide a challenging context for critical reflection on how religious ethics can and should be done in these universities, theological centers and seminaries.  This article outlines both some of the major concerns raised in teaching ethics from cross-cultural, ecumenical, and inter-religious perspectives in the United States, as well as developing a coherent methodology which is grounded in the theological tradition of Christian ethics, but which seeks to integrate these different perspectives.  As a practical example of how a concrete course might be developed for undergraduate, graduate, and seminary settings I utilize a course I have designed entitled "Cross-Cultural Christian Ethics" which I have taught regularly at the Jesuit School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.  The participants in these courses reflect a diverse background both theological and culturally and thus may provide a reasonable microcosm of many of our contemporary academic institutions.  Critical evaluation of the course's theological and pedagogical premises, as well as discussion on the students' participation and feedback on the course, hopefully will stimulate further reflection on both the theological issues connected with doing cross-cultural ethics in the Christian theological tradition as well as aiding concrete curricular development in this area.

 

William Spohn’s Contribution to Moral Theology

https://www2.bc.edu/james-bretzke/BretzkeSpohnPanelColor.pdf

 

Originally presented as a paper in a panel at the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) Annual Convention, Selected Paper, 10 June 2006.  San Antonio, TX.

 

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