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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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“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 […]

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Merry Christmas from the Observatory.

To all the friends of the Observatory, to the subscribers to our “Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church”, to those who frequently read what we publish on our website, and those who don’t have the time to do so, but are nonetheless our affectionate followers, to all the participants at our Academies of the Social Doctrine of the […]

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THE PRESENCE OF PERSONALISM IN THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH. Introduction to the proceedings of the IV Montefiascone Conference

To purchase the Acts of the first two Montefiascone Conferences, click here To purchase the Acts of the III Montefiascone Conference, click here   The Montefiascone Conferences are dedicated to delving into the relationship between the metaphysical realism of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Social Doctrine of the Church[1]. This relationship was considered to be a very close one when […]

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FREE PERSONS FROM PERSONALISMS, FROM MARITAIN TO RAHNER. IV Montefiascone Conference

To purchase the Acts of the first two Montefiascone Conferences To purchase the Acts of the III Montefiascone Conference   The IV “St. Thomas and the Social Doctrine of the Church” Conference was held on Saturday, 23 November 2019, in Montefiascone (Viterbo), to consider the following subject: “DEFEND PERSONS FROM PERSONALISMS. The complete programme is available here. The conference took […]

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LET US REMAIN UNITED. Joint Statement of the Presidents of COMECE and CEC. 02-04-2020

Read the Document Joint Statement of the Presidents of COMECE and CEC in the context of the COVID–19 pandemic LET US REMAIN UNITED This is the time to show our commitment to European values The joint statement titled “Let Us Remain United”, issued on Thursday, 2 April 2020, urges a demonstration of “joint commitment to common European values of solidarity […]

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Address of His Holiness to the Members of the Diplomatic Corps. 09 January 2020

ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS ACCREDITED TO THE HOLY SEE FOR THE TRADITIONAL EXCHANGE OF NEW YEAR GREETINGS Regia Hall Thursday, 9 January 2020   Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, A new year is opening before us; like the cry of a newborn baby, it fills us with joy and hope. I […]

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APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS TO JAPAN. Tribute to the Martyr Saints. 24 November 2019

APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THAILAND AND JAPAN (19-26 NOVEMBER 2019) TRIBUTE TO THE MARTYR SAINTS GREETINGS OF HIS HOLINESS Martyrs’ Monument – Nishizaka Hill (Nagasaki) Sunday, 24 November 2019   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! I have very much looked forward to this moment. I have come here as a pilgrim to pray, to confirm […]

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APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS TO JAPAN. Address on Nuclear Weapons. 24 November 2019

APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THAILAND AND JAPAN (19-26 NOVEMBER 2019) ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park (Nagasaki) Sunday, 24 November 2019 [Multimedia]   Dear Brothers and Sisters, This place makes us deeply aware of the pain and horror that we human beings are capable of inflicting upon one another. The […]

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APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS TO JAPAN. Meeting for Peace. 24 November 2019

APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THAILAND AND JAPAN (19-26 NOVEMBER 2019) MEETING FOR PEACE ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER Peace Memorial (Hiroshima) Sunday, 24 November 2019   “For love of my brethren and friends, I say: Peace upon you!” (Ps 122:8). God of mercy and Lord of history, to you we lift up our eyes from this […]

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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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IL RISCHIO BIOETICO OGGI. ANTROPOLOGIA E ANTROPODOXIA. Anno XV (2019), numero 4, OTTOBRE – DICEMBRE

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 […]

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IL PROGRESSISMO CATTOLICO:UN BILANCIO. Anno XV (2019), numero 3, LUGLIO – SETTEMBRE

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 […]

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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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Euthanasia and assisted suicide: two books for understanding current trends.

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 […]

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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 […]