Volume 13, Issue 1, February 2000
With this issue, the first to bear the year number 2000, Pacifica again acquires a new editor-in-chief, at least in an acting capacity. Dan Madigan, as he announced in the editorial of the previous issue, has moved to Rome at the request of the Jesuit Superior General to establish a new department for the study of religions at the Pontifical Gregorian University. On his return to Australia in late 1997 after completing doctoral studies at Columbia University (he has just reshaped his thesis for publication), Dan generously took on the editorship of Pacifica as just one of a host of responsibilities to which his multiple talents laid him open. While his departure will be a loss from the local scene, the new post in Rome will provide greater scope for the promotion of under-standing and tolerance between faiths, to which he brings such learning and commitment. He goes, then, with our blessing. One of Dan’s last acts as editor was to accept the article under my name that appears – somewhat to my embarrassment – in this issue, the first for which I am responsible.
Following a precedent established in connection with the “Beyond 2000” Conference on Theological Education sponsored by the Mel-bourne College of Divinity and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) in Melbourne in July 1998, the next issue of Pacifica (June 2000) will publish a selection of the major papers to be delivered at the ANZATS Conference to be held this coming July in Christchurch, New Zealand, dedicated to the theme of Ecotheology. In this way it is hoped that, as occurred so fruitfully in 1998, participants will arrive already primed and asking the questions that will make the conference an engaging and lively experience for all concerned.
Pacifica has not as yet found someone prepared to take on the role of editor-in-chief in a more permanent capacity. For the present I have agreed to hold the position, convinced as I am of the significant role the journal has played and continues to play in promoting theological research, reflection and exchange at the highest professional level. While it has a particular locus in the Australia, New Zealand and Oceania context, we know it is read and respected internationally. Our hope is that it will continue to provide a venue for theological exchange well into the millennium now upon us.
Towards a Contemporary Australian Retrieval of Sacral Imagination and Sacramentality
Implications of an Eschatological View of the Church
The End of Tolerance
Gospel Narrative and the Jesus of History: Where should Christology begin?
Towards an Inclusive Vision for Moral TheologyPart II: An Agenda for the Future
Memoir - Man of a Century: Hans-Georg Gadamer
To Advance the Gospel: New Testament Studies
The Many Faces of the Christ: The Christologies of the New Testament and Beyond
The Temptations of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel
Mary Magdalene: The Image of Women through the Centuries
Life in the Face of Death
Systematic Theology. Volume 3
The Eucharist in the West: History and Theology
Catholic and Ecumenical, History and Hope
Angels of Grace
The Challenge of Cultures: Cross-cultural Relationships, Conflicts, Inculturation
Clashing Symbols: an Introduction to Faith and Culture
I Believe, I Doubt: Notes on Christian Experience
Matters of Life and Death: Today’s Healthcare Dilemmas in the Light of Christian Faith
Duet or Duel: Theology and Science in a Postmodern World
Christ in the Early Christian Hymns
Walking the Way of Jesus: An Essay of Christian Spirituality
Behold the Cross: Meditations for Lent and Easter
My Cause is Just: Jeremiah Joseph Doyle, first Bishop of Lismore
Liturgy and Hermeneutics
Frank Fletcher Th.D, a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart order, works as priest assisting the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Sydney Archdiocese, and has lectured in theology and spirituality at St Paul’s National Seminary, Kensington NSW; Yarra Theological Union, Box Hill, Victoria; and at the University of St Michael’s College, Toronto, Canada.
Christiaan Mostert is Professor of Systematic Theology in the Theological Hall of the Uniting Church in Victoria, and as such teaches in the United Faculty of Theology. Formerly he taught theology in Korea and in Sydney, and he has also worked in parish ministry. He has long been interested in the theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg, the subject of his doctoral work, and he is currently working on a book on Pannenberg’s eschatological understanding of God.
John Henley is Master of Queen’s College in the University of Melbourne and teaches theological ethics in the United Faculty of Theology. He has long had an interest in the significance of Christian values for a secular society and has been a member of various committees set up to advise government and other institutions on particular social issues, especially in the bioethical area
Brendan Byrne S.J. teaches New Testament at the United Faculty of Theology and is currently President of the Melbourne College of Divinity. He is the author of the Commentary on Romans in the Sacra Pagina series (Collegeville: 1996). His next book, a work on the Gospel of Luke, entitled The Hospitality of God, will be published jointly in the United States (Liturgical Press) and Australia (St Paul) later this year.
James F. Keenan S.J. is Professor of Moral Theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work on the future of moral theology, of which the second part is published here, was presented to the Catholic Moral Theology Association’s conference in Melbourne in 1999. The first part of this article appeared in Pacifica in October 1999.
Frans Josef van Beeck S.J., born in the Netherlands in 1930, has lived and learned (and taught theology) in the United States since 1968. Now a senior professor at Loyola University Chicago, he is working on the next instalment of his systematic theology in process, God Encountered: A Contemporary Catholic Systematic Theology, published by Liturgical Press.