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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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Statement of Most Rev. Giampaolo Crepaldi following the death of Noa Pothoven

The tragic conclusion of the earthly life of Noa Pothoven, a young Dutch girl, is the undoubtable sign of the no-holds-barred advance of the culture of death in our societies, a culture expanding on the basis of the dogma of psychological self-determination which is the absolute doctrinal principle of the new religion of despair.  Society and the state induce persons […]

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The new social ministry as an intermediation agency.

This blog has already commented on the current recasting of the social ministry of the Church in Italy (pastorale sociale della Chiesa italiana). This second commentary on the same issue is driven by Fr. Francesco Occhetta’s article in the latest issue of  La Civiltà Cattolica  (“Pastorale sociale della Chiesa e conflitti”). The new pathway of the social ministry depicted in this […]

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Freedom of religion: A secularized vision of religion in the CTI’s document.

The Internaational Theological Commission recently issued a document entitled La libertà religiosa per il bene di tutti. Approccio teologico alle sfide contemporanee (ndt: Freedom of Religion for the good of all. A theological approach to contemporary challenges). Our Observatory has already addressed this document in Stefano Fontana’s article entitled Libertà religiosa: il documento della CTI non chiude il problema ( […]

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The absence of God in the public sphere Benedict XVI’s Essay: an important clarification on the role of the Social Doctrine of the Church

This ‘essay’ written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI offering a series of ‘notes’ on “the Church and the scandal of sexual abuse” provides substantial food for thought regarding the Social Doctrine of the Church as well. On behalf of our Observatory I would like to present some thoughts in this regard, thereby confirming the importance of what he has written. […]

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UNHCR. Global Trends Forced Displacement 2018.

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018. This is the highest level that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen in its almost 70 years. Data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, released today, shows that almost 70.8 million people are now forcibly displaced. To put this in perspective, this is double the […]

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care. 02-05-2019

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority View the Document SUMMARY: The United States has a long history of providing protections in health care for individuals and entities on the basis of religious beliefs or moral convictions. Congress has passed many such laws applicable to the Department […]

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Politics in service of Peace. Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Australia for the 2019 Federal Elections. 17.04.2019

 Politics in service of Peace. Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Australia for the 2019 Federal Elections.  Read the Document Media Release Australia’s Catholic bishops have called for respect and understanding in the federal election campaign, reminding Australians they all have a part to play in combating “crude tribalism” and promoting peaceful public debate. The comments are included in Politics […]

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FAO. Global Report Food Crises 2019. 02 April 2019

View the Report April 2019, Brussels – A Report presented today jointly by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) finds that around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017. Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven […]

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The new social ministry as an intermediation agency

This blog has already commented on the current recasting of the social ministry of the Church in Italy (pastorale sociale della Chiesa italiana). This second commentary on the same issue is driven by Fr. Francesco Occhetta’s article in the latest issue of  La Civiltà Cattolica  (“Pastorale sociale della Chiesa e conflitti”). The new pathway of the social ministry depicted in this […]

The absence of God in the public sphere Benedict XVI’s Essay: an important clarification on the role of the Social Doctrine of the Church

This ‘essay’ written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI offering a series of ‘notes’ on “the Church and the scandal of sexual abuse” provides substantial food for thought regarding the Social Doctrine of the Church as well. On behalf of our Observatory I would like to present some thoughts in this regard, thereby confirming the importance of what he has written. […]

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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ISLAM UN PROBLEMA POLITICO. Anno XV (2019), numero 2, APRILE – GIUGNO

TABLE OF CONTENTS Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church – 2 / 2019   Anno XV (2019), numero 2, APRILE – GIUGNO Editoriale, pag 39 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, L’ISLAM POLITICO E IL NUOVO COMPITO DELLA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA Focus 1, pag 41 Marie- Tèrèse Urvoy, SULL’ISLAM POLITICO Zoom 1, pag 51 Card. Van Thuân Observatory, L’ISLAM […]

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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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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 […]