Name  : Kochuthara Shaji George CMI

Email   : kochuthshaji at gmail dot com

Phone  : 08041116282

About Me

Institute/Faculty Others
SpecializationMoral Theology
AddressDharmaram College,
Bangalore, 560029

Academic Qualification

Post-Graduate and Doctoral Studies

2000-2006: Doctoral Studies at the Gregorian University. Defended the Doctoral Thesis, The Concept of Sexual Pleasure in the Catholic Moral Tradition in March 2006

1998-2000: Licentiate in Moral Theology,Gregorian University, Rome. Dissertation: “Formation of Conscience: A Study with Special Emphasis on Self-Development and Conscientization”


Undergraduate Studies

1993-1996: Bachelor of Theology, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore

1990-1993: Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), M.S. University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

1987-1989: Bachelor of Philosophy, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore

 

Teaching Experienc

2006 onwards: Lecturer in the Faculty of Theology, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore

2001-2006: Guest lecturer in the Faculty of Theology, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore

 

Courses Taught

1. Undergraduate Level

Fundamental Moral Theology

Moral Theology of Sexuality and Marriage

HIV/AIDS and Moral Challenges

Sex Education

The Theology of Marriage and Sexuality in the Recent Teachings of the Church

Theology of Sexuality: A Critical Evaluation of Contemporary Theologians

2. Licentiate and Post-Graduate Levels

History of Moral Theology

Theology of Conjugal Sexuality

Natural Law

Sexuality, Celibacy and Intimacy

Homosexuality, Contraception and Masturbation:Contemporary Theological Approaches
 

Academic Responsibilities

2012- Convenor, International Conference “Revisiting Vatican II: 50 Years of Renewal” (DVK Jan 31-Feb 3, 2013)

2011-12: Convenor, National Workshop on “Moral Theology in India Today” (DVL July 12-15, 2012

2012- Director, Centre for Research on Kuriakose Chavara, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram

2012- Member, Asian Regional Committee, CTEWC

2011- Registrar, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram

2011- Head of the “Asian Forum,”Catholicethics.com

2009- Editor-in-Chief, Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology

2009- Chairperson, Institutional Ethical Review Board, St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences

2007- Member, Institutional Ethical Review Board, St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences

2007- Member, Board of Post-Graduate Studies,Faculty of Theology

2006-2012: Director, Centre for Women Studies,Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore

1996-1998: Director of Chavara Sauhruda Vedi,an organization for school students in Kerala

1996: Ordained Priest

 

Publications

1. Books

[2007] Shaji George Kochuthara, The Concept of Sexual Pleasure in the Catholic Moral Tradition,Editrice Pontificia Universit? Gregoriana, Roma, 2007.

John Britto Chethimattam: A Pioneer of Indian Christian Theology, ed. Kuncheria Pathil and Shaji George Kochuthara, Dharmaram Publications, Bangalore, 2007.

[2004] Shaji Kochuthara (ed.), Vivahasandesangal (in Malayalam, Theology of Marriage and Homilies for the liturgical celebration of marriage), St. Pauls, Ernakulam, 2004.

2. Research Articles

 

[2012] Shaji George Kochuthara, “LaingikathayumBrahmacharyavum,” Roopikaranabhashyam, 7,1 (January-June 2012) 28-37.

ShajiGeorge Kochuthar, “Sexual Abuse Scandal and the Church: A Critical Appraisal,” ined. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, Varghese Theckanath, S.G. and Raynah BraganazaPassanha, Gender Relations in the Church:A Call to Wholeness and Equal Discipleship, Streevani, Pune, 2012, 54-89.

[2011] Shaji George Kochuthara,“Patriarchy and Sexual Roles. Active-Passive Gender Role Versus an Ethics ofMutuality,” Journal of Dharma 36(2011) 435-452.

Shaji George Kochuthara, “Laingikasukhanubhooti – Oru Kristiya Dharmikasastra Darsanam,” (inMalayalam) Mathavum Chintayum 92, 3(2011) 48-60.

Shaji George Kochuthara, “‘Let him kiss me withthe kisses of his mouth!’ (Song of Songs 1:2) Gender, Pleasure and Conjugal Sexual Ethics,” Hekima Review 44(2011) 32-46.

Shaji George Kochuthara, “Contextand the Future of Theological Ethics. The Task of Building Bridges,” ed. James F. Keenan, Catholic Theological Ethics.Past, Present and Future. The Trento Conference, Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2011, 296-306.

[2010] Shaji George Kochuthara, “Re-discoveringChristian Eco-theological Ethics,” Hekima Review 43, (2010)

Shaji George Kochuthara, “Fundamentalism: The Only Way to Redeem Religious Ethics?” Journal of Dharma 35 (2010) 337-354.

Shaji George Kochuthara, “Sexuality, Love,Marital Life: The Indian Scenario Today-Changing Perspectives and Ethical Challenges,” Asian Horizons (2010)86-97.

[2009] Shaji George Kochuthara, “Kama without Dharma?Understanding the Ethics of Pleasure in Kamasutra,”Journal of Dharma 34 (2009) 69-95.

Shaji George Kochuthara, “Experience of the Divine: Symbolism of the Sensual and the Spiritual,” in New Horizons of Indian Christian Living,ed. Saju Chackalackal, Bengaluru: Vidyavanam Publications, 2009, 855-884.

Shaji George Kochuthara, “Conjugal Sexual Pleasure: Contemporary Theological Perspectives,” Ephrem’s Theological Journal 13 (2009) 44-71

3. Other Works

[2012] "Millions of Missing Girls. Female Foeticide and Ethical Concerns," in July 2012, "Forum,"Catholicethics.com

Shaji George Kochuthara, Editorial:“Corruption,” Asian Horizons 6 (2012)7-10.

Shaji George Kochuthara, “Over an Aging Dam,”in February 2012, “Forum,” www.catholicethics.com

[2011] Shaji George Kochuthara, “The Transparency Revolution,” in July 2011, “Forum,” www.catholicethics.com

Shaji George Kochuthara, Editorial: “Missionand Evangelization,” Asian Horizons 5(2011) 629-631.

Shaji George Kochuthara, Editorial: “Theology and Communications,” Asian Horizons 5 (2011) 409-411.

Shaji George Kochuthara, Editorial: “Towards Asian Christian Theologies,” AsianHorizons 5 (2011) 215-221.

Shaji George Kochuthara, Editorial: “Towards Asian Christian Theologies,” AsianHorizons 5 (2011) 3-8.

Book Review: Vimal Chenginimattam, CMC, A Resonating Different Voice. Psycho-MoralDevelopment of Women According to Carol Gilligan (Bangalore: DharmaramPublications, 2011) in Asian Horizons5 (2011) 207-208.

[2010] Shaji George Kochuthara, Editorial: “New Ecclesial Movements,” Asian Horizons 4(2010)243-246.

Shaji George Kochuthara, Editorial: “Moral Theology in Asia,” Asian Horizons(2010) 3-12.

Book Review: Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. The Plenary Papers from the First Cross-cultural Conference on Catholic Theological Ethics, ed.James Keenan (Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2009) in
Asian Horizons 4 (2010) 233-236.

Book Review: Natural Law: In Search of a Common Denominator, ed. Paul Chummar C.(Nairobi: CUEA International Symposiums – The Catholic University of Eastern Africa,2010) in Asian Horizons 4 (2010)236-239.

Book Review: Vincent Leclercq, Blessed Are the Vulnerable: Reaching Out to Those with Aids (New London: Twenty-third Publications, 2010) in Asian Horizons 4 (2010) 484-487.

[2009] Shaji George Kochuthara, Editorial:“Priesthood,” Asian Horizons 3 (2009)3-8.

 

Participation in Conference

1 Papers Presented

[2012] "Sexuality: Changing Perspectives," Workshop on Moral Theology in India, DVK, Bangalore, 12-15July 2012.

“Theology of Death and Dying in the Eastern Christian Rituals,” Symposium on the Meaning of Death, Lubljana University, 25,April 2012.

[2011] “Understanding of Sexuality in a Globalized World,” The Impact of Globalization on Youth, ECC, Bangalore 29-31August, 2011.

“Official Response to the Sexual Abuse Scandal in the Church: A Critical Appreciation and Analysis,” 2nd National Consultation: “Gender Relations in the Church: A Call to Wholeness and Equal Discipleship,” organized by Streevani, Satyashodhak, IWTF and Montforte Social Institute, Mumbai, 13-15 August, 2011.

“Moral Awakening: A Prerequisite to Consecrated Life,” CRI, Bangalore, 04-03-2011.

Sexual Abuse in the Church and the Ethical Challenges,” George Lobo Annual Lectures,JDV, Pune, 17-01-2011.

“Sexual Abuse in the Church and our Response: Crisis Management or a Learning Experience,” George Lobo Annual Lectures, JDV, Pune, 17-01-2011.

“Mystical and the Sensual: Oppositesor Complementary?,” International Conference on Mysticism Without Bounds,DVK-Christ University, Bangalore, 5-8 January, 2011.

[2010] “Re-Discovering Christian Eco-Theological Ethics,”Indian Moral Theology Association Meeting, Bangalore, 29-31 October, 2010.

“Theological Ethics in the Future:Context,” Plenary Session Paper: Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, Trento, Italy, 24-27 July, 2010.

“Gender Perspectives in Theological Education,” National Seminar on En-Gendering Theological Education, UTC,Bangalore, 24-06-2010.

“Homosexuality: Catholic Perspectives,” Seminar on Decriminalization of Homosexuality, ECC, Bangalore,13-02-2010.

[2009] “Sexuality: A Gift and a Task,” National Symposium on Human Sexuality, ECC, Bangalore, 22-23 October, 2009.

“Perspectives on Human Sexuality,”National Symposium on Human Sexuality, ECC, Bangalore, 22-23 October, 2009.

[2008] “Religious Practice and Bioethics,” National Symposium on Bioethics, St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, 28, November2008

[2007] “A Critique of the Physicalsist Approach to Natural Law,” National Symposium on Natural Law, DVK, Bangalore, 3-6 December,2007.

[2006] “Conjugal Sexual Pleasure: Contemporary Theological Perspectives,” Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church,Padua, Italy, 8-11 July, 2006.

 
2. Conferences Attended

[2012] Workshop on Moral Theology in India,DVK, Bangalore, 12-15 July 2012.

Symposium on the Meaning of Death, Lubljana University, 25, April 2012.

[2011] The Impact of Globalization on Youth,ECC, Bangalore 29-31 August, 2011.

2nd National Consultation: “Gender Relations in the Church: A Call to Wholeness and Equal Discipleship,” organizedby Streevani, Satyashodhak, IWTF and Montforte Social Institute, Mumbai, 13-15August, 2011.

"Moral Awakening : A Prerequisite to Consecrated Life," CRI , Bangalore ,04-03-2011.xz

GeorgeLobo Annual Lectures, JDV, Pune, 17-01-2011.

International Conference on Mysticism Without Bounds, DVK-Christ University, Bangalore, 5-8 January, 2011.

[2010] Indian Moral Theology Association Meeting, Bangalore, 29-31 October, 2010.

Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, Trento, Italy, 24-27 July, 2010.

National Seminar on En-Gendering Theological Education, UTC, Bangalore, 24-06-2010.

Seminar on Decriminalization of Homosexuality, ECC, Bangalore, 13-02-2010.

[2009] National Symposium on Human Sexuality, ECC, Bangalore, 22-23 October,2009.

National Symposium on Human Sexuality, ECC, Bangalore, 22-23 October, 2009.

[2008] National Symposium on Bioethics, St. John’sMedical College, Bangalore, 28, November 2008

[2007] National Symposium on Natural Law, DVK, Bangalore, 3-6 December, 2007.

[2006] Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, Padua, Italy, 8-11July, 2006.

 

Works In Progress

Book: (ed.) Moral Theology in India, Paperspresented at the workshop “Moral Theology in India,” DVK, Bangalore (12-15,July 2012)

Book: (ed.) Magisterial and Official Teaching on Marriage and Sexuality

International Conference: “Revisiting Vatican II: 50 Years of Renewal,” 31 January – 3February, 2013.

Conference of Indian Moral Theologians, 2014

Asian Regional Conference of CTEWC, 2015

Current Research Interests

Theology of Sexuality and Marriage in the Catholic Tradition

Sexual Pleasure: Different Perspectives

Moral Theology in India

Indian Ethics

Vatican II

History of Moral Theology