“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
The Management Board, upon the proposal of the President, Dr. Giordano Faccincani, has unanimously decided to entrust the Observatory Van Thuân to the maternal protection of Mary Most Holy, consecrating the Observatory and “its family” to her Immaculate Heart. During this time of exceptional ordeals and trials, individuals as well as human societies, communities and public institutions must combine unflagging […]
Regarding the suspension of public Masses for COVID-19 public health ordinances, a fundamental issue emerges: the Libertas Ecclesiae, that is, the Church’s religious freedom. The agreement signed in Italy by the state and the national Catholic Bishops’ Conference to regulate the liturgy perfectly illustrates the problem. And It is not the only case. This is what has already happened and […]
The 19th of April marked the 24th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s election to the See of Peter. His was indeed a most bountiful and rich pontificate, also for the Social Doctrine of the Church, with one special feature: the importance of his contribution to the social doctrine is due not that much to teachings directly addressed to that subject, but […]
Are penance and conversion only for individual persons or do they also concern entire societies and nations? Natural or historical catastrophes, such as today’s pandemic, are an open invitation to examine our conscience, to repent and to make amends. We have to ask ourselves whether this only applies to individual people, believers or non-believers alike, but also to public authorities […]
It is now very probable that if one day a future pope, whoever he is, wants to write a new social encyclical, he will need to reconsider various aspects of the teaching that has been presented up until now, and above all the Magisterium’s evaluation of globalisation. The coronavirus epidemic has exposed many illusions about the phenomenon of globalisation, revealing […]
“Coronavirus has exposed the limitations of hegemonic materialism”. An interview with Prof. Danilo Castellano
At the end of February the eleventh International Congress of the Colombian Association of Catholic Lawyers and the sixth Hispanic Day of Natural Law was held at the headquarters of El Claustro in Bogotá. These two initiatives, sponsored by the Catholic University of Colombia, involved the participation of experts in various matters coming from Italy, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, France, Ecuador, and Colombia. They […]
The global lockdown crisis, at least in as far as its logic and freedom-larceny has penetrated the West — Europe. America etc. — might be described as a possibly final and lethal attack on the Four Estates of modern society, which is to say of the human community that has endured through two millennia as a result of the proposals of Jesus Christ […]
(CNA).- Here is the full text of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI’s letter marking the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II. The English translation of this letter, dated May 4, was released May 15 by the Polish bishops’ conference: 100 years ago, on May 18th, Pope John Paul II was born in the small Polish town of Wadowice. After […]
APPEALFOR THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD to Catholics and all people of good will Veritas liberabit vos Jn 8:32 In this time of great crisis, we Pastors of the Catholic Church, by virtue of our mandate, consider it our sacred duty to make an Appeal to our Brothers in the Episcopate, to the Clergy, to Religious, to the […]
The Most Monumental Social Engineering and Ideological Transshipment Effort in History. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute
Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute The Most Monumental Social Engineering and Ideological Transshipment Effort in History Is Bolstered by Mass Hysteria and Vatican Support READ HERE Download this article as a pdf If the Guinness Book of Records were to track the most senseless attitude possible, the award would probably go to someone who committed suicide for fear of […]
With pornographic website traffic spiking while countries remain on lockdown, the bishops of the United States are urging the Justice Department to protect victims of human trafficking and exploitation by enforcing obscenity laws and prosecuting producers of violent pornography. “We write to you today to urge you to confront the ongoing harms wrought by the pornography industry and to protect […]
Responding to the Pandemic, Lessons for Future Actions and Changing Priorities. Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Responding to the Pandemic, Lessons for Future Actions and Changing Priorities The Vatican, Casina Pio IV on March 20, 2020 A Statement by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of Social Sciences issue this communication. We note with great appreciation the tremendous […]
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 […]
Four are the concepts of the Social Doctrine of the Church now frequently being used once again, also in light of the disputes over sovereignism and globalism. The four words in question are power, authority, sovereignty and royalty. It may be useful to take another close look at them in order to see if they can be of help at […]
A conference was held on 9 May 2019 at Udine in the Main Hall of Palazzo Belgrado for the presentation of the book: “Le chiavi della questione sociale. Bene comune e sussidiarietà: storia di un equivoco”. Edited by Stefano Fontana for Edizioni Fede & Cultura (Verona 2019), this book contains articles and essays written by the editor himself, Danilo Castellano, […]
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. […]
An article on the social apostolate and the Social Doctrine of the Church entitled “The Social Apostolate of the Church in Italy: signs of an itinerary” (pgs. 70-74) was published in the January 2019 issue of the Jesuit review “Aggiornamenti sociali”. The author was Marco Cagol, a member of the group of experts in the national office for social issues […]
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 […]
POPOLI, NAZIONI, PATRIE. TRA NATURA E ARTIFICIO POLITICO. Anno XVI (2020), numero 1, GENNAIO – MARZO
TABLE OF CONTENTS Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church – 1 / 2020 POPOLI, NAZIONI, PATRIE. TRA NATURA E ARTIFICIO POLITICO. Anno XVI (2020), numero 1, GENNAIO – MARZO Focus 1, pag 3 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, LA CULTURA DELLE NAZIONI NELLA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA. Zoom 1, pag 6 Silvio Brachetta, FRANCIA: L’EUROPA SI SUICIDA ASSASSINANDO […]
TABLE OF CONTENTS Anno XV (2019), numero 4, OCTOBER – DECEMBER Editorial, pag115 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, ANTROPOLOGIA E ANTROPODOXIA:OSSERVAZIONI PRELIMINARI. Focus 1, pag 117 Giacomo Rocchi, LICENZA DI UCCIDERE. LA LEGGE 219(2017) E LA LEGALIZZAZIONE DELL’EUTANASIA IN ITALIA Zoom, pag 124 Lorenza Perfori, ABORTO E COMPLICAZIONI SULLA SALUTE: UNA GRAVE (E VOLUTA) MANCANZA DI INFORMAZIONE Focus 2, pag […]
SOMMARIO Bollettino di Dottrina sociale della Chiesa – 3 / 2019 IL PROGRESSISMO CATTOLICO:UN BILANCIO. Anno XV (2019), numero 3, LUGLIO – SETTEMBRE Editoriale, pagina 79 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, IL PROGRESSISMO E LA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA Bollettino DSC 3-2019_Editoriale Focus 1, pagina 81 Calogero D’Ugo, IL PROGRESSO NELLA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA Focus 2, pagina 87 Calogero […]
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 […]
TABLE OF CONTENTS Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church – 1 / 2019 Anno XV (2019), numero 1, GENNAIO – MARZO Editorial, pag 3 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, IL VERO SENSO DELLA LIBERTA’ EDUCATIVA Focus 1, pag 5 Luca Pingani, SCUOLE PARENTALI CATTOLICHE: STRUMENTO INNOVATIVO NEL SOLCO DELLA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA Focus 2, pag 10 Bernadette […]
IL CATTOLICESIMO NELLA STORIA. CONDANNA DELL’USURA, FUEROS E OBSEQUIUM PAUPERUM. Anno XIV (2018), numero 4, OTTOBRE – DICEMBRE
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 1, pag 117 Roberto Caria, IL GIUDIZIO DELLA CHIESA SULL’USURA E LA DIFESA DEI POVERI Focus 2, pag 123 Don Calogero D’Ugo, […]
Once driven by the principle of favor vitae, Italian legislation began to shift its focus with the approval of Law 219 (2017) which sanctioned the right of a patient to refuse or suspend life support therapies and treatment, despite the mortal consequences, and to receive the assistance of a physician to that end. After ruling n°207 (2018), of the Constitutional […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The difference between dignity and liberty. A book by Giovanni Turco straddling philosophy and rights.
According to classical and Christian philosophy, and particularly so in the mainstream of Aristotle and Thomas, liberty does not belong to the essence of man. In other words, man is not man insofar as free, even if each man is free. Liberty is a property that derives from essence, and in particular from the specific difference of rationality. Man is […]
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 […]