Statements by Stefano Fontana

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 […]

Marriage and Family: The Church at the Crossroads

The Synod on the Family to be celebrated in October 2015 will be very different in comparison with all the previous Synods of the Catholic Church. It will be so, but to a certain degree we can say it has already been so. In February 2014 Cardinal Walter Kasper delivered his famous report on the Gospel of the Family to […]

The Final Document CCEE in Jerusalem: a test of courageous and Christian realism

I have the distinct impression that silence has reigned supreme regarding the final document of the Assembly of the Council of the European Episcopal Conferences (CEEC) held in Jerusalem from the 11th to the 16th of September this year. Present among other prelates from Italy were Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who chairs the CEEC, and Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, who chairs its […]

Non negotiable principles: if they aren’t only “maladroit expression”.

Non negotiable principles: in the recently published issue of “Teologia”, Giuseppe Angelini, dean of the Faculty of Theology of Northern Italy, refers to this as a “maladroit expression”. Then again, in the preceding issue of the same publication, Antonio Lattuadahad made a series of comments about the selfsame notion of non negotiable principles, leaving very little still standing. Prior to […]

The Dogmas of the Catholic Faith, the Social Doctrine of the Church and the Political action of Catholics.

Verona, 15 April 2015 Church of St. Peter Apostle   The Social Doctrine of the Church is not in the best of health, the social engagement of Catholics uses it as a benchmark in a rather confused manner, its teachings are being secularized and reduced to the level of civic and constitutional propriety, and for some time its “relaunching”, so […]

Democracy should banish God. Some considerations after the new provocation by Paolo Flores d’Arcais.

Now that the dust has settled a bit, I would like to return to the theses argued by Paolo Flores d’Arcais, who sustains that “democracy should banish God”. I don’t believe it suffices to respond with an appropriately ironic comment such as “democracy should eject Flores d’Arcais”, nor repeat what Jacques Maritain said many years ago. Perhaps it’s not even […]