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“Not infrequently do we feel we are losers in the modern world.
But the adventure of hope takes us beyond.
One day I found these words written on a calendar:
«The world belongs to those who love it and best know how to prove that».
How true these words are! In the heart of each person there is an infinite
thirst for love, and we can quench it with the love God has poured into our hearts.”

François Xavier Nguyen van Thuân

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INDIVIDUAL, SOCIETY AND ISTITUTION: COLLABORATION FOR THE COMMON GOOD. Presentation to the Conference “A Manifest for Europe”

Collaboration for the common good in Europe among individuals, societies and institutions calls for a close examination of at least the two concepts of the common good and subsidiarity. In this brief presentation it is my intention to compare these two principles of the Social Doctrine of the Church with their actual implementation in both the architecture and the praxis […]

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Archbishop Crepaldi’s lectures on Social Doctrine.

A byproduct of the felicitous experience of the Academy of the Social Doctrine of the Church promoted by the Observatory Van Thuân and the on-line newspaper Nuova Bussola Quotidiana is now available in the form of a volume published by Cantagalli and containing the written texts of the twelve lectures delivered by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi in an equal number of […]

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On the theology of the “how”

The what has always had the pride of place over the how in the Social Doctrine of the Church. The contents of revealed truths have always been in the forefront with respect to how they are known and how they are expressed. How they are known and how they are expressed depend on what they are; the cognitive how and […]

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Now available Issue 4/ 2018 of the “Bollettino di Dottrina sociale della Chiesa”

Issue 4/2018 of the “Bollettino di Dottrina sociale della Chiesa”, our Observatory’s quarterly publication, is now being distributed to our subscribers.   TABLE OF CONTENTS Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church – 4 / 2018   Anno XIV (2018), numero 4, OTTOBRE – DICEMBRE Editorial, pag 115 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, AVER FEDE NELLA CAPACITA’ DELLA FEDE Focus […]

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Interview with Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi on Migrations.

On Monday 14 January, the Italian daily newspaper, ‘La Verità’, published an article by Lorenzo Bertocchi on the X Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church by the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân, entitled “Islam, a political issue’. In that article, this journalist also referred to previous Reports, and the one on Migration in particular. Presented below is the full […]

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Revolution is incompatible with Christianity .

I’d like to ask myself if there is room for the concept of revolution in the Social Doctrine of the Church, considering that the use of that expression has been condemned by so many pontiffs in their respective social encyclicals. Revolution is contrary to the concept of order in the sense that revolution always entails the destruction of an order. […]

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FAFCE. Stronger Families for a flourishing Society. Manifesto for the European Elections 23-26 May 2019

European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE). Stronger Families for a flourishing Society. Manifesto for the European Elections 23-26 May 2019 View the Document Today FAFCE, the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations, and its Members launch its EU wide campaign ahead of the European Elections (23-26 May 2019). The campaign Vote for Family 2019 will be run in EU […]

A Document oh Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together February 2019

APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (3-5 FEBRUARY 2019) A DOCUMENT ON HUMAN FRATERNITY FOR WORLD PEACE AND LIVING TOGETHER   INTRODUCTION Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved. Through faith in God, who has created the universe, creatures and all human beings […]

Apostolic Journey to Panama. Meeting with Central American Bishops (SEDAC) 24 January 2019

.APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO PANAMA ON THE OCCASION OF THE 34th WORLD YOUTH DAY MEETING WITH CENTRAL AMERICAN BISHOPS (SEDAC) ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS Church of San Francisco de Asis (Panama) Thursday, 24 January 2019   Dear Brothers, I thank Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador for his words of welcome in the name […]

Open Doors USA: World Watch List 2019

OPEN DOORS USA World Watch List 2019 Most Christians in the West understand that brothers and sisters around the world are persecuted for their faith. But often, it can be difficult to understand what reality is like on the ground for these oppressed Christians. What kinds of challenges do they face? What is day-to-day life like? And how can Christians […]

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INDIVIDUAL, SOCIETY AND ISTITUTION: COLLABORATION FOR THE COMMON GOOD. Presentation to the Conference “A Manifest for Europe”

Collaboration for the common good in Europe among individuals, societies and institutions calls for a close examination of at least the two concepts of the common good and subsidiarity. In this brief presentation it is my intention to compare these two principles of the Social Doctrine of the Church with their actual implementation in both the architecture and the praxis […]

Political Power and Spiritual Power

Authority comes from God The relationship between political power and spiritual power derives directly from the origin of political authority in its own right. The Church has always taught that authority (politics) comes from God. St. Paul is quite clear about this: “No authority exists without God’s permission” (Rom.13: 1-4). Jesus Himself said this to Pilate: “You would have no […]

Political Islam and the new Task of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Presentation of the X Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world Cantagalli, Siena 2018   The core themes of our Observatory’s three latest annual Reports are closely connected to one another in their respective analyses of social and political issues so evidently linked together in today’s world. The VIII Report (2016) was dedicated to the phenomena […]

The defense of human life. 51st Conference on International Issues

I plan to devote my presentation to reflection on the core nature of the theme of the defense of human life from conception to its natural end for the Social Doctrine of the Church, and also for the Catholic religion to continue having a public role, as it must necessarily have[1]. I consider it important to situate reflection on the […]

The liberating realism of Christian philosophy. Intervew with Stefano Fontana

Now available in bookstores is Stefano Fontana’s new book on medieval philosophy [“La sapienza dei medievali. La filosofia cristiana da San Paolo a Guglielmo di Occam”, Fede & Cultura, Verona 2018 – click here ] and this offers us an excellent opportunity to speak with the author about philosophy, and Christian philosophy in particular. Mr. Fontana, for such a long […]

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IL SESSANTOTTO E IL NULLA CHE NE RIMANE – Anno XIV (2018), numero 3, LUGLIO – SETTEMBRE

SUMMARY Bollettino di Dottrina sociale della Chiesa – 3 / 2018 IL SESSANTOTTO E IL NULLA CHE NE RIMANE   Anno XIV (2018), numero 3, LUGLIO – SETTEMBRE Editorial, pag 71 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, IL SESSANTOTTO PRIMA E DOPO IL SESSANTOTTO Bollettino DSC 3-2018_EDITORIALE Focus 1, pag 73 Samuele Cecotti, L’ULTIMA RIVOLUZIONE E IL GIUDIZIO DELLA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA […]

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A VENT’ANNI DALLA FIDES ET RATIO – Anno XIV (2018), numero 2, APRILE – GIUGNO

Anno XIV (2018), numero 2, APRILE-GIUGNO   Editorial, pag 35 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, L’UNITA’ DEL SAPERE E LA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA NELLA FIDES ET RATIO Focus 1, pagina 37 Stefano Fontana, LA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA HA BISOGNO DELLA “FILOSOFIA CRISTIANA” Focus 2, pag 45 Don Gaetano D’Ugo, LA LEGGE NATURALE NELLA FIDE ET RATIO E NELLA DOTTRINA […]

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SUSSIDIARIETA’. UN PRINCIPIO DA RECUPERARE – Anno XIV (2018), numero 1, GENNAIO – MARZO

  Anno XIV (2018), numero 1, GENNAIO – MARZO   Focus 1, pag 3 Danilo Castellano, SUSSIDIARIETA’ PER CHE COSA? NATURA, PROBLEMI E FINE DI UN PRINCIPIO. Focus 2, pag 10 Stefano Fontana, IL PRINCIPIO DI SUSSIDIARIETA’ NEL MAGISTERO DELLA CHIESA: VALUTAZIONI. Focus 3, pag 14 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, LIBERTA’ E RESPONSABILITA’ DELLA SOCIETA’ CIVILE: LA REGOLA DELLA SUSSIDIARIETA’. […]

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50 ANNI DI HUMANAE VITAE. IL SIGNIFICATO PUBBLICO DELLA SESSUALITA’ UMANA. – Anno XIII (2017), numero 4, OTTOBRE-DICEMBRE

Editorial, pag 133 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, L’HUMANAE VITAE E LA MODERNA QUESTIONE SOCIALE NEL 50MO ANNIVERSARIO DELL’ENCICLICA Focus 1, pag 135 Stefano Fontana, MATRIMONIO, PROCREAZIONE E SOCIETA’. L’HUMANAE VITAE COME ENCICLICA SOCIALE Bollettino DSC 4 2017_Fontana Zoom, pag 139 Fabio Trevisan, LA DEUS CARITAS EST DI BENEDETTO XVI E I QUATTRO AMORI DI C.S. LEWIS:UN CONFRONTO Focus 2, pagina […]

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MONETA, BANCHE, IMPRESA. L’ECONOMIA TRA ESCLUSIONE E INCLUSIONE. Anno XIII (2017), numero 3, LUGLIO-SETTEMBRE

Anno XIII (2017), numero 3, LUGLIO-SETTEMBRE   Focus 1, pag 85 Gianfranco Battisti, TRA REALTA’ E IMMAGINAZIONE: FACCIAMO IL PUNTO SULLE BANCHE Bollettino DSC 3 2017_Battisti Focus 2, pag 92 Giovanni Lazzaretti, QUANDO LA CHIESA VIETAVA IL PRESTITO AD INTERESSE. L’EMISSIONE DELLA MONETA A DEBITO E I SUOI PROBLEMI Bollettino DSC 3 2017_Lazzaretti  Focus 3, pag 99 Giorgio Mion, LA […]

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A look at political Islam. A review of Marie ThérèsUrvoy, Islamologie et monde islamique

The Catholic world deals with the issue of Islam above all from the viewpoint of interreligious dialogue. The mounting presence of Muslims in countries of longstanding Christian tradition, however, makes it necessary to examine the Islamic world also from the strictly social and political viewpoints. This is something different with respect to the perspective of interreligious dialogue, but not at […]

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The Social Doctrine of the Church: the new Manual by George J. Woodall

The destiny of SDC Manuals yesterday and today Is time still ripe for Manuals of the social doctrine of the Church? The publication of such a Manual at this time is a fact to be flagged with a certain sense of both surprise and satisfaction. I am referring to George J. Woodall, Dottrina Sociale della Chiesa, Fede & Cultura, Verona […]

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God is accessibile to all because what is more cannot come from what is less. The ‘simple’ metaphysics of Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange.

St. Thomas Aquinas, as we know, worked out five “viae” (later called “demonstrations”) to the existence of God. His formulation of them was technical and availed itself of specific philosophical concepts. In their essence, however, the five ways of St. Thomas are simple, and put the spontaneous inferences of the ordinary person into words of philosophical formulation. They belong to […]

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The future of the Social Apostolate. The new book of most rev. Giampaolo Crepaldi.

This reader-friendly book entitled “The Italian Church and the future of the social apostolate” (“La Chiesa italiana e il futuro della Pastorale Sociale”: Edizioni Cantagalli) stands forth as an effort to reply to two essential questions posed by the situation now being lived by the Church: “Does the social apostolate of the Italian Church have a future? Does the organic […]

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Law and moral action – Ley y acción moral

In this readily legible book published in Spain in the Prudentia iuris series directed by Prof. Miguel Ayuso, the Chilean philosopher José Luis Widow  offers us an intelligent presentation of the classical doctrine of natural law and ably defends it against  the objections launched by philosophical modernity regarding the classical claim of knowing a natural order normative for man. In […]