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international bioethics group

A Statement on the Sexual Abuse in the Church
in Support of Pope Francis

Each year, the International Bioethics Group (IBG) meets to discuss bioethical issues from the broader perspective of the Catholic philosophical and theological tradition. In 2019, the Group decided to reflect on the crimes of sexual abuse of minors, i.e., children and adolescents, and other vulnerable people in the Church, a topic of much discussion over the past years.

While latest issue of our journal Marriage, Families & Sexuality is dedicated to sexual abuse in families, the topic of sexual abuse in the Church family has many similarities, and is indeed a pressing issue. INTAMS therefore offers this Statement from the IBG, which was presented to Pope Francis, as a contribution to the discussion and as a way of broadening the scope of discussion of abuse in families (in English and Spanish).

"Will the true Synod please stand up?"

The Responsum of the CDF
is not the language of Amoris laetitia

Reaction of Mgr Johan Bonny, Bishop of Antwerp (Belgium) to the Responsum of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith to a dubium regarding the blessing of the union of persons of the same sex.

Read the reaction in Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, 


“Traditional Catholic attitudes to homosexuality have  changed.”

Voice of moral theologians
at KU Leuven

Lecturers of the course “Christian sexual, conjugal and family ethics” at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, respond to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's statement that in the Catholic Church there should be no blessings of same-sex unions.

Read the statement in English or in Dutch.

Sexual Abuse in Families


The focus of this theme issue is on the abuse of vulnerable victims, but with attention to the reality of family. We know from sociological statistics that, indeed, the family, no less than the Church – or the family within the Church – can become a locus of abuse. Thus, the guiding thread for the contributions in the issue is: what lessons learned from the reflection on sexual abuse in the Church might provide us with analytical tools for addressing the situation of abuse within families? Marriage, Families & Spirituality 26/2 (2020)Theme issue: Sexual Abuse in Families. Table of contents. Editorial by Roberto Dell'Oro, Guest Editor (full text) Articles (click on the title to read the abstract) Stéphane Joulain: The Sexual Abuse of Minors: Clinical and Psychological Perspectives on the Perpetrators Anne Danion-Grilliat: L’inceste paternel: Éléments psychopathologiques Karlijn Demasure: Intrafamilial Sexual Abuse and its Spiritual Impact on Survivors Marie-Jo Thiel: L’abus sexuel dans la constellation familiale: Une prise de conscience très progressive Roberto Dell’Oro: Insights for a Moral Theological Reflection on Conscience: Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia Testimonies Asima: Gedankenfetzen eines Lebens – meines Lebens Adrian Loretan: Ein katholischer Priester vergewaltigt seine Schwägerin Documents International Bioethics Group: Statement on the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Church in Support of Pope Francis (full text) Book Reviews (go here for our complete list of book reviews) Sexual Abuse Gottfried Ugolini: L. Bove: Giulia und der Wolf: Die Geschichte eines sexuellen Missbrauchs in der Kirche Jakob Schrage: J. Fegert et al. (Hg.): Sexueller Missbrauch von Kindern und Jugendlichen Katharina Ebner: K. Hilpert et al. (Hg.): Sexueller Missbrauch von Kindern und Jugendlichen im Raum von Kirche Gottfried Ugolini: S. Nef: Ringen um Bedeutung: Die Deutung häuslicher Gewalt als sozialer Prozess Elizabeth Davies: R. Starr: Reimagining Theologies of Marriage in Contexts of Domestic Violence Roberto Dell’Oro: M-J. Thiel: L’Église catholique face aux abus sexuels sur mineurs Gottfried Ugolini: J. von Weiler: Im Netz: Kinder vor sexueller Gewalt schützen History Adrian Thatcher: D. Barrie: Sin, Sanctity and the Sister-in-Law: Marriage with a Deceased Wife’s Sister in the Nineteenth Century Hans Storme: E. Brugger: The Indissolubility of Marriage and the Council of Trent John A. Dick: A. Carney: Marriage and Fatherhood in the Nazi SS David Dawson Vasquez: J. Chappel: Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church Ray Temmerman: C. Cristellon: Marriage, the Church, and its Judges in Renaissance Venice James J. Ponzetti, Jr.: K. Dunak: As Long as We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Post-War America Adrian Thatcher: V. Fuechtner et al. (eds): A Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1960 William J. LeMaire: A. Harris (ed.): The Schism of ’68: Catholicism, Contraception, and “Humanae Vitae” Adrian Thatcher: T. Hunter: Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century Jessica Scheiper: W. König: Das Kondom: Zur Geschichte der Sexualität 284 James J. Ponzetti, Jr.: A. Lefkovitz: Strange Bedfellows: Marriage in the Age of Women’s Liberation Els Agten: C. Marissal: Moeders en vaders: Geen vanzelfsprekende gelijkheid, België, 19de-21ste eeuw/Mères et pères: Le défi de l’égalité, Belgique, 19e-21e siècle John A. Dick: J. Martschukat: American Fatherhood: A History Jessica Scheiper: N. Syrett: American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriages in the United States Gustavo Cavagnari: K. Walter: The Profession of Widowhood
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Call for Articles on 5 Years AL


Special theme issue 2022 Amoris laetitia 2016-2021: A Global Perspective. In March 2016 Pope Francis issued his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia, breaking new ground on the theology of marriage and the pastoral care of families. In December 2020, he has called for a year of reflection on the document. INTAMS would like to respond to the Pope’s call in a very specific way. Indeed, in the past the conversation around AL has been predominantly on “Roman”, European terms. We seek to remedy that by starting a broader, worldwide conversation. We are thus in the process of preparing a special issue of our journal on the global reception of AL, featuring theological reflection from all continents (mainly Latin America, Africa, Asia and Oceania). For this special theme issue we invite submissions from scholars in the field of academic theology, to provide a scholarly assessment about the implementation of AL in their own country, or more generally, in their continent. AL’s treatment of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics has received the most attention. However, there are many other issues, and we would like to hear from you which are the most pressing ones. Some possible topics could be: Living together (cohabitation) without or before marriage (AL 40, 294). Beginning and dynamical process of marriage. Civil, customary and religious marriage. Abstract and artificial theological ideal of marriage (AL 36). “Rehabilitation” of conscience (AL 303). Contraception (Humanae vitae) (AL 68, 222). Respect and dignity of the person, regardless sexual orientation (AL 250). Etc.. For all these topics, and many others, we would like to know how the theological thinking in your country has been shaped by AL? What has changed; what has remained the same? What questions remain open?How has the Church’s pastoral practice concerning the topics above (or in general) been shaped by AL? Or you are free to consider any other topics from AL that you find relevant. If you wish to submit a scholarly article, we would need the definitive version by 31 December 2021, including an abstract (ca. 300-500 words) and your author bio. Read also our Guidelines for Authors. Write to Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi, Editor, for further information or to submit your article.
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Marriage in Jewish & Christian Perspective


A conference devoted to the topic of Marriage and/as Metaphor in Christian and Jewish Traditions was held at the Center for the Study of Christianity, Hebrew University Jerusalem in March 2019. This theme issue 26/1 (2020) presents the scholarly fruits of this conference which reflect the variety of issues, dilemmas, metaphors, and reality which the concept of marriage conjured up in the ancient and early modern mind. Marriage, Families & Spirituality 26/1 (2020)Theme issue: Marriage in Jewish and Christian Perspective. Table of contents. Introduction by Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Editorial by Oded Irshai, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Articles by Jennifer Knust (Duke University), Yonatan Moss (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Serge Ruzer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Gabriel Radle (Notre Dame University), Eirini Panou (Open University of Cyprus), Judith Weiss (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev). Art by David Moss, Jerusalem. Book reviews of recent publications in the fields of Abuse and of History.
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