I wish to extend my best wishes for a Happy Easter in the Risen Lord to all the friends of the Observatory and their families. May Christ, Light of the World, shed His light on our journey as builders of the community of men and women down through history in the hope of the Eternal City. Happy Easter to you […]



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 […]

Archbishop Crepaldi’s lectures on Social Doctrine.

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A byproduct of the felicitous experience of the Academy of the Social Doctrine of the Church promoted by the Observatory Van Thuân and the on-line newspaper Nuova Bussola Quotidiana is now available in the form of a volume published by Cantagalli and containing the written texts of the twelve lectures delivered by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi in an equal number of […]

On the theology of the “how”

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The what has always had the pride of place over the how in the Social Doctrine of the Church. The contents of revealed truths have always been in the forefront with respect to how they are known and how they are expressed. How they are known and how they are expressed depend on what they are; the cognitive how and […]

Now available Issue 4/ 2018 of the “Bollettino di Dottrina sociale della Chiesa”

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Issue 4/2018 of the “Bollettino di Dottrina sociale della Chiesa”, our Observatory’s quarterly publication, is now being distributed to our subscribers.   TABLE OF CONTENTS Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church – 4 / 2018   Anno XIV (2018), numero 4, OTTOBRE – DICEMBRE Editorial, pag 115 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, AVER FEDE NELLA CAPACITA’ DELLA FEDE Focus […]

Interview with Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi on Migrations.

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On Monday 14 January, the Italian daily newspaper, ‘La Verità’, published an article by Lorenzo Bertocchi on the X Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church by the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân, entitled “Islam, a political issue’. In that article, this journalist also referred to previous Reports, and the one on Migration in particular. Presented below is the full […]

Revolution is incompatible with Christianity .


I’d like to ask myself if there is room for the concept of revolution in the Social Doctrine of the Church, considering that the use of that expression has been condemned by so many pontiffs in their respective social encyclicals. Revolution is contrary to the concept of order in the sense that revolution always entails the destruction of an order. […]

Christmas Greetings 2018


Dear Friends of the Observatory, At the end of a very active 2018 and fast approaching Holy Christmas, as well as the other Feast Days the Church invites us to celebrate during this time of the year, I wish to reach out to all those who keep abreast of our activity and are our friends in order to extend to […]

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 […]