Assisted suicide: freedom of choice?


Published below are the considerations of Dr. Stefano Martinolli, a surgeon, a bio-ethicist, and one of our Observatory’s collaborators. We would recall that regarding the legal aspects of the Constitutional Court’s ruling on assisted suicide, we have published the statement released by the jurist Pro, Marco Ferraresi (read here).   On 24 September 2019 the Italian Constitutional Court ruled that […]

Statement of Most Rev. Giampaolo Crepaldi following the death of Noa Pothoven


The tragic conclusion of the earthly life of Noa Pothoven, a young Dutch girl, is the undoubtable sign of the no-holds-barred advance of the culture of death in our societies, a culture expanding on the basis of the dogma of psychological self-determination which is the absolute doctrinal principle of the new religion of despair.  Society and the state induce persons […]

The new social ministry as an intermediation agency.


This blog has already commented on the current recasting of the social ministry of the Church in Italy (pastorale sociale della Chiesa italiana). This second commentary on the same issue is driven by Fr. Francesco Occhetta’s article in the latest issue of  La Civiltà Cattolica  (“Pastorale sociale della Chiesa e conflitti”). The new pathway of the social ministry depicted in this […]

Freedom of religion: A secularized vision of religion in the CTI’s document.


The Internaational Theological Commission recently issued a document entitled La libertà religiosa per il bene di tutti. Approccio teologico alle sfide contemporanee (ndt: Freedom of Religion for the good of all. A theological approach to contemporary challenges). Our Observatory has already addressed this document in Stefano Fontana’s article entitled Libertà religiosa: il documento della CTI non chiude il problema ( […]

The passage from the theology of What to the theology of How: the fate awaiting the common good


A conference was held on 9 May 2019 at Udine in the Main Hall of Palazzo Belgrado for the presentation of the book: “Le chiavi della questione sociale. Bene comune e sussidiarietà: storia di un equivoco”. Edited by Stefano Fontana for Edizioni Fede & Cultura (Verona 2019), this book contains articles and essays written by the editor himself, Danilo Castellano, […]

The absence of God in the public sphere Benedict XVI’s Essay: an important clarification on the role of the Social Doctrine of the Church


This ‘essay’ written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI offering a series of ‘notes’ on “the Church and the scandal of sexual abuse” provides substantial food for thought regarding the Social Doctrine of the Church as well. On behalf of our Observatory I would like to present some thoughts in this regard, thereby confirming the importance of what he has written. […]



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 […]