State Paternalism.

One of the many obstacles to subsidiarity, or quite simply to free enterprise, is state paternalism which could be a close relative of statism. Paternalism as a phenomenon, however, is not confined to politics, and invades practically all the mass media and information at large, because it is a typical forma mentis of forms of totalitarianism. We see this from […]

No social action without doctrine It is not possible to “construct the new city on the clouds”

There is a tendency in politics to impose vision and views with strong and fiery declarations separated entirely from an underlying and weak theoretical system that comes across in words that end up being innocuous. On the contrary, as Msgr. Giampaolo Crepaldi writes in his book[1], it is necessary for there to be something “at the foundations of politics”, something […]

God is accessibile to all because what is more cannot come from what is less. The ‘simple’ metaphysics of Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange.

St. Thomas Aquinas, as we know, worked out five “viae” (later called “demonstrations”) to the existence of God. His formulation of them was technical and availed itself of specific philosophical concepts. In their essence, however, the five ways of St. Thomas are simple, and put the spontaneous inferences of the ordinary person into words of philosophical formulation. They belong to […]

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 […]

Introductory Abstract. EUROPE, THE END OF ILLUSIONS.

The project for both the economic and political unification of Europe has reached a final stage, at least as far as it has been conceived and implemented so far. Except for those driven by duty or political/institutional interest and still place their bets on “this European Union”, the sense of malaise and discontent as to how things are going is […]