Statements by Stefano Fontana

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 […]

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 […]

The dictatorship of groundless ethics

Here is the text of the speech delivered by Stefano Fontana in Trieste on Friday, 11 November 2016, to the participants at the course organized by the Medical Association on the theme: “Ethics: evolution and repercussions on the work of physicians”   ***** Ethics is the study of our deeds from the viewpoint of good and evil. It has to […]

Neusner and that Jesus, who was “too much” for a Hebrew

www.lanuovabq.it   Rabbi Jakob Neusner, the author of “A Rabbi Speaks with Jesus”, and friend of Joseph Ratzinger, has passed away. Benedict XVI cited him extensively in his first volume of “Jesus of Nazareth”, doing so with those lofty flights of thought of his to which we were accustomed. Still fresh in our memory is their remote dialogue because it […]

The secularization of the Social Doctrine of the Church and the personalism of Maritain

On several occasions our Observatory has dealt with the theme of secularization, which has also assailed the Social Doctrine of the Church[1]. An interesting pathway for exploring this in depth would be to ask ourselves if Catholic personalism[2] may have represented a stage in this process. Applied to secularization must be the criterion suggested by Benedict XVI with respect to […]