Statements by Stefano Fontana

THE TRANSFORMATION OF CATHOLIC MORAL THEOLOGY UNDERWAY. PROOF. Article n. 2. Stefano Fontana

Some people may argue that any radical transformation of moral theology is not underway at all, and that Amoris laetitia is in no way its focal point. Therefore, before examining the various aspects of the paradigm change in moral theology, it would be useful to demonstrate that the transformation is underway and is not an invention of my own. Worthy […]

Do Pandemic ‘Stimulus’ Policies Align With Church Teachings? Interview to Stefano Fontana

Do Pandemic ‘Stimulus’ Policies Align With Church Teachings? Stefano Fontana, director of the Cardinal Van Thuan International Observatory on the Social Doctrine of the Church, warns against overreliance on such monetary policies. ROME ­— When the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world precipitating economic lockdowns, it caused central banks to take emergency measures to keep national economies afloat. The U.S. […]

The Church’s freedom is under attack and she cheers on her enemies.

Regarding the suspension of public Masses for COVID-19 public health ordinances, a fundamental issue emerges: the Libertas Ecclesiae, that is, the Church’s religious freedom. The agreement signed in Italy by the state and the national Catholic Bishops’ Conference to regulate the liturgy perfectly illustrates the problem. And It is not the only case. This is what has already happened and […]

Benedict XVI: eight funadmental years for the SDC.

The 19th of April marked the 24th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s election to the See of Peter. His was indeed a most bountiful and rich pontificate, also for the Social Doctrine of the Church, with one special feature: the importance of his contribution to the social doctrine is due not that much to teachings directly addressed to that subject,  but […]

COVID-19 is a call for the conversion of individuals and nations.

Are penance and conversion only for individual persons or do they also concern entire societies and nations? Natural or historical catastrophes, such as today’s pandemic, are an open invitation to examine our conscience, to repent and to make amends. We have to ask ourselves whether this only applies to individual people, believers or non-believers alike, but also to public authorities […]

It’s time to reconsider what the Magisterium has taught about globalization

It is now very probable that if one day a future pope, whoever he is, wants to write a new social encyclical, he will need to reconsider various aspects of the teaching that has been presented up until now, and above all the Magisterium’s evaluation of globalisation. The coronavirus epidemic has exposed many illusions about the phenomenon of globalisation, revealing […]

Church Observer Warns: Don’t Flatten the Faith to Fit In at the UN. Interview to Stefano Fontana.

The Holy See’s ever-closer collaboration with the United Nations and its affiliated organizations is causing it to adopt the “logic of the world,” a development that threatens to secularize the faith. These are the views of professor Stefano Fontana, director of the Cardinal Van Thuan International Observatory on the Social Doctrine of the Church — a think tank created for […]

Abu Dhabi, one year later: The ambiguity about religions remains.

One year ago, on February 4, 2019, the now famous so-called “Abu Dhabi Declaration on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” was signed. The document bears the signatures of His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, which were placed on it at the conclusion of the inter-religious meeting at the Founder’s Memorial of […]

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 the […]