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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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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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OUR WISHES FOR A HAPPY EASTER

I wish to extend my best wishes for a Happy Easter in the Risen Lord to all the friends of the Observatory and their families. May Christ, Light of the World, shed His light on our journey as builders of the community of men and women down through history in the hope of the Eternal City. Happy Easter to you […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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. […]

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 […]

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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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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 […]