BOOKS

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

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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 […]

Law and moral action – Ley y acción moral

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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 […]

The chaos of migration, the migration of chaos. VIII Report on the Social Doctrine in the World.

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Introductory Synopsis MIGRATION IMPOSED, TOLLERATED, PLANNED   Stefano Fontana[1]   Right before our very eyes are the tremendous migratory phenomena of these our times, but we nonetheless have the distinct feeling that we cannot explain them in full. We are very familiar with the data, even if few indeed are the patient analysts who make an effort to collate and […]

La luz brilla en las tinieblas. Cardenal Van Thuȃn: historia de una esperanza

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Publisher: Ediciones Palabra Pages: 268 Price: €17,50 This biography by Miguel Angel Velasco, a Spanish journalist specialized in religious information and contemporary hagiography, fills an editorial gap in its own way. In fact, despite considerable research endeavors over the past few years, at present there aren’t many reasoned biographies on the life and teaching of Van Thuȃn, especially relative to […]

Black Book on the condition of Christians in the world

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Publisher: Mondadori Pages: 604 Price: €20,00 Besides the periodical and meritorious reports of ‘Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre’ (Aid to the Church in Need), lacking in current affairs journalism in Italy until now has been a detailed and well reasoned study on the mounting spread of anti-Christian persecution around the world. This gap has now been filled by this collective […]

CHRISTOPHER DAWSON AND THE HISTORY OF MODERN SECULARIZATION

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“The history of the secularization of modern culture still has to be written”. This affirmation by Christopher Dawson can be read on page 53, and it both voices a truth and explains the origin and aim of the book from which it is taken: “The Gods of Revolution”, published in the Italian translation by D’Ettoris, edited by Paolo Mazzeranghi and […]

Economics and society: the challenges of Christian responsibility. Questions and answers about the Social Doctrine of the Church

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Publisher: Edusc Pages: 124 Price: €13,00 “In the final analysis, man without God becomes inhuman. Without God we cannot construct a society worthy of man, as the atheistic regimes of the XX century so sorely experienced” (pg. 8). Thus does Professor Martin Schlag – professor of Social Doctrine at the Pontifical University of the Sacred Heart (PUSC) – explain in […]

Political theology according to Massimo Borghesi. Select critical clarifications.

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Publisher: Marietti Massimo Borghesi has presented his understanding of the complex issue of political theology in his book Critica della teologia politica. Da Agostino a Peterson: la fine dell’era costantiniana, Marietti 1820, Genova 2013 [Critique of political theology. From Augustine to Peterson: the end of the Constantinian age]. He had already anticipated some of what he argues in this book, […]

The soft liberalism of Charles Taylor and its limits

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Publisher: Laterza Pages: 136 Price: €14,00 Charles Taylor’s latest book available in Italian is entitled “La scommessa del laico”, co-authored with Jocelyn Maclure and published by Laterza (2013). In this book he distinguishes between laicity and secularisation. The State must pursue laicity without promoting secularisation (pg. 13). Unable to do so, in his mind, is the “republican” model followed in […]

Reality and Good according to Josef Pieper

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Publisher: Morcelliana Pages: 128 Price: €12,00 This book by the great German Thomist philosopher  Joseph Pieper (“La realtà e il bene”, Morcelliana, Brescia 2011, first edition 1949) is a true gem, and its contents are felicitously summarized in the first three lines: each duty is based on being; reality is the foundation of ethics; good is what conforms to reality. […]