Statements by S. E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi

Academy of Social Doctrine of the Church for formation to social and political commitment. Encounter of the Bishop with the participants.

I am very pleased to be able to be here this evening to meet with you, who have taken part in this session at the Academy of Social Doctrine of the Church, which the diocese organized in collaboration with the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân. It is also a pleasure to bring these brief considerations of mine to the attention of […]

Needed are Catholic laypersons engaged in politics in a convinced and convincing manner

Presented below is the full text of the communiqué of Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi for the presentation and the inauguration of the Academy of the Social Doctrine of the Church for formation to social and political engagement held at Palazzo Economo (Trieste) on 19 March last. The Academy is organized in collaboration with the  Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân.   ***** When […]

Europe and the transcendent dignity of the human person in the words of Pope Francis at Strasbourg.

Giampaolo Crepaldi Archbishop – Bishop of Trieste Only a few days have passed since Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg and in the wake of the considerable commentary immediately published and broadcast by the mass media, I would like to revisit some of his reflections, which constitute a new stage in the teachings of the social doctrine of […]

Presentation of the V Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world by the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân. Introduction by Archbishop GiampaoloCrepaldi.

Here we are in Trieste for the fifth time for the presentation of the Annual Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church. I would like to recall that the presentation of the first edition took place in 2010, almost at the beginning of my episcopacy in this diocese. The annual drafting of a Report is a very complicated endeavor […]

The Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” of Pope Francis and the Social Doctrine of the Church

The Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium” contains many aspects having to do with the Social Doctrine of the Church both directly and indirectly. It is a text marked by the centrality of the encounter with Jesus Christ, the Saviour and the Merciful One, in the life of each Christian. The “joy” of which Pope Francis speaks is not a generic psychological […]

"Laicity, Christianity, the West: an historical profile". Universidad Católica de Cuyo: San Juan – Argentina

The paradox of the West The relationship of the Christian faith with the West, but more specifically the Catholic faith, is essential in nature. By that I do not intend to argue that there is a sort of identity between the West and Christianity, or that Christianity is a category of the western mentality, or that Christianity can be such […]

In the latest book by Luigi Alici the ambiguous strategy of “yes. . .but”.

The latest book by Luigi Alici belongs to the category of “yes. . .but” books. Books and writings of this ilk are proper to a culture of progressive Catholicism that affirms principles while at the same time opening cracks or loopholes so they aren’t respected. If you look for affirmations of fidelity to the Magisterium in this book, or expressions […]

The principle of the defence of human life and the public commitment of the Catholic faith

Scientific – medical Conference Pontifical University Regina Apostotorum Rome, 11 May 2013   I plan to devote this prentation to reflections on the centrality of the theme of the defence of human life from the moment of conception for the Social Doctrine of the Church, and, in general terms, in order to permit the Catholic religion to have the public […]

On the presumed irreversibility of secularisation.

In concluding his observations about secularisation in the western world the philosopher Karl Löwith wrote: “But if people think each immature spirit was left to its own decisions in the most important things, it is astounding that morality did not degenerate completely”. What comes to the forefront here is that the emancipation of the temporal from the spiritual, the replacement […]