of the project is a consideration of approaches to contextual
theology and solidary church practice from the perspectives of ‘First’
and ‘Third’ World perspectives respectively within the context of
modern tendencies of globalisation. The partnership with the ICTC
Manila is intended as a long-term project dedicated to an ongoing
observation of the social changes in South-East Asia in the economical,
social and ecological spheres cause by the spreading of globalisation.
A three-year exchange program has been arranged with the ICTC -
within each cycle an excursion and a return visit takes place. The
experience, analysis of the situation as well as theological reflection
involve students and teachers on both sides in two phases:
A 4-week ‘exposure’ of theologians from
the University of Vienna on the Philippines to experience and
critically appraise theology and church practice within the
political, social, cultural and religious context of the country.
A 5-week stay of representatives
from the ICTC (students and staff, 4-5 persons) to experience
the context of Church and Theology in Austria and reflect upon
it in the course of a seminar. This part of the program is financed
entirely through raised funds.
The Intercongregational Theological Center (ICTC)
is the theological school of the congregations of Carmelites (OCarm),
Redemptorists (CSsR), Franciscans (OFM), and Montfort Fathers (SMM)
within their regional provinces. Women’s congregations have also
joined participating in at least one-year courses. The masteral
course (graduates hold a Master of Arts degree either in Pastoral
Ministry or Theology) is in accordance with Roman guidelines for
the education of aspirants to the priesthood. However, the Center
does not see its prime objective in the formation of priests but
in the training of members of religious congregations within the
specific context of the ‘Church of the Poor’ as it has been called
for in the SPCP II in 1991 (Second Plenary Council of the Philippines).
Accordingly, their concept of teaching tries to account for a theology
that is the reflection of a liberating practice
The project with in the
curriculum of Moral Theology
The relation between universality and particularity
has been brought into the ethical debate particularly by postmodern
thinkers. It has a bearing on fundamental concerns of Moral Theology
as well as on the assessment of human dignity and human rights.
This debate currently takes place within comprehensive processes
of globalisation whose ethic and pastoral relevance is being discussed
intensively. Thus the Congress of the International Society for
Moral Theology and Social Ethics to be held in Vienna in September
2001 will specifically address this topic. Nevertheless this area
of ethic and pastoral debate can hardly be understood in depth without
knowledge of other contexts and without inter-contextual discussion.
To facilitate both is the objective of the Sandiwaan Project.
Stages of the Project
Option for the poor
and human rights:
Economy, politics, and social issues in context
its victims: Economy, social welfare and culture;
focus on women's situation
Structures of Globalization
and local effects: lines of development and alternatives
and: social & political justice as essential dimension
of the kingdom of God