Office of Theological Concerns (OTC)




History and Background


Fifth Bishops' Institute of Theological Animation (BITA V) Announced


The FABC-Office of Theological Concerns (FAB-OTC) will organize the Fifth Bishops' Institute of Theological Animation (BITA V) from May 5-7, 2014 in Baan Phu Wan Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Samphran, Bangkok, Thailand. The Fifth BITA will explore the theme "Give Me a Drink (John 4:7): The Challenges of New Evangelization and Some Creative Pastoral Responses." This conference is open to all bishops of Asia. 031214

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BITA IV: Re-sheduled

The Bishops’ Institute of Theological Animation, (BITA IV) on "Youth in Asia: Challenges of Fundamentalism and Relativism," is re-scheduled from May 2011 to April 23-27, 2012 and will be held in Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Centre, Sampran, Thailand. 060112





FABC-OTC New Publication



The Office of Theological Concerns (OTC) of FABC has published a Festschrift entitled "Harvesting from the Asian Soil: Towards an Asian Theology," to mark the 25th anniversary of the Office. The publication is a collection of theological articles from leading theologians on Asian Theology. For details, please contact OTC. 160711

BITA IV Postponed



The upcoming Bishops’ Institute of Theological Animation (BITA-IV) of the FABC Office of Theological Concern, on Fundamentalism, Relativism and Materialism- Pastoral Responses in our Asian Contexts has been postponed. The meeting coincides with the Ad Limina visit of the intended participants. The precise date is yet to be decided. 280311

An Invitation To All Asian Bishops

As we have already informed the member Episcopal Conferences of the FABC, we in the Office of Theological Concerns (OTC) of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences are organizing a Bishops’ Institute of Theological Animation, popularly known as BITA which will take place at Bahn Phu Waan, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, Sampran, Thailand, from 2nd (arrival date) to 6th (departure date) May 2012. This BITA which is the fourth in its series, will have as its theme “Christian Discipleship in Asia: Challenges of Fundamentalism and Relativism – Pastoral Approaches”. The following are the main topics that would be dealt with by specially invited resource persons:

  1. Towards a Deepter Understanding of Fundamentalism........... Fr.Dominic Veliath, SDB.
  2. Religious Freedom and Conversion........................... Atty. Leonard Teoh.
  3. Pastoral Responses to Fundamentalism..................... Bp. Agnelo Gracias and Dr.Agnes Brazal
  4. Towards a Deepter Understanding of Relativism........ Joseph Cardinal Zen, SDB
  5. Secularism, Materialism and Mammonism................... Bp. Martinus Situmorang, OFM (Cap)
  6. Pastoral Responses to Relativism..................... Frs. S. Arokiasamy, SJ, and Savio Hon, SDB

[There will also be a Panel Discussion, and small workshops and plenary sessions.]

We hereby cordially invite as many bishops from each of the member Conferences of the FABC, as possible to attend this important FABC event which will deal with pastoral topics which are very relevant to our Asian Churches today. Kindly note that this meeting is exclusively for Asian bishops. We kindly request all Asian bishops to inform all the members of your Conference of this event, and please do keep us informed of the number of bishops from your Conference who would be participating, along with their names and contact details. [Please do contact for all matters related to BITA-IV].

The participants will have to meet their own travel expenses while we in the OTC are glad to provide accommodation for the delegates during the meeting, as well as transport for the delegates from the airport to the venue and from the venue to the airport.

Fr. Vimal Tirimanna, CSsR
Executive Secretary





Executive Board


Cardinal Luis A. Tagle

Manila, Philippines



Archbishop William Goh


Bishop Thomas Dabre

Poona, India

Bishop Petrus Boddeng Timang

Banjarmasin, Indonesia

Bishop John Baptist Lee Keh-Mien

Hsin Chu, Taiwan



Fr. Clarence Devadass

Executive Secretary

Archdiocesan Pastoral Institute

No. 5 Jalan Robertson 50150

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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