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The Social Doctrine of the Church according to “Aggiornamenti sociali” and according to us

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 […]

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 […]

Political Islam and the new Task of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Presentation of the X Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world Cantagalli, Siena 2018   The core themes of our Observatory’s three latest annual Reports are closely connected to one another in their respective analyses of social and political issues so evidently linked together in today’s world. The VIII Report (2016) was dedicated to the phenomena […]

Islam: a political issue. Interview with Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi on the X Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church

resh off the Cantagalli presses is the tenth Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the World of the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân. This year, as its title indicates, the Report is dedicated to a burning topic, “Islam, a political issue”. We posed a few questions to the President of the Observatory and Bishop of Trieste, Most Rev. […]

The liberating realism of Christian philosophy. Intervew with Stefano Fontana

Now available in bookstores is Stefano Fontana’s new book on medieval philosophy [“La sapienza dei medievali. La filosofia cristiana da San Paolo a Guglielmo di Occam”, Fede & Cultura, Verona 2018 – click here ] and this offers us an excellent opportunity to speak with the author about philosophy, and Christian philosophy in particular. Mr. Fontana, for such a long […]

Note on the 50th anniversary of Paul VI’s Encyclical Letter. Humanae vitae and Social Doctrine of the Church: united by the same destiny.

The Encyclical Letter VI Humanae vitae of Paul VI and the Social Doctrine of the Church met with the same opposition.  We are talking about the end of the 1960’s and the early 1970’s. This fact of sharing the destiny of being the object of opposition during those years (as well as afterwards and even at present, since the fundamental […]

Humanae vitae, political aspects of the encyclical on conjugal love. Lecture by Stefano Fontana

Humanae vitae, political aspects of the encyclical on conjugal love Lecture by Stefano Fontana at the Faculty of Theology of Sardegna 20 April 2018   Read the full text here   Stefano Fontana delivered a lecture on “Humanae vitae, political aspects of the encyclical on conjugal love” at the Faculty of Theology of Sardegna in Cagliari on Friday, 20 April […]

What future for Europe? Christian roots and radical relativism, the Union’s peoples and policies

Scienza & Vita, Firenze, 26 March 2018   The XI Report of the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân Our Report on Europe[1] voices a rather severe judgment regarding the process of unification and the current approach adopted by the European Union, and this unto the point of considering it a failure with respect to some of its features, as the title […]