“Coronavirus has exposed the limitations of hegemonic materialism”. An interview with Prof. Danilo Castellano


At the end of February the eleventh International Congress of the Colombian Association of Catholic Lawyers and the sixth Hispanic Day of Natural Law was held at the headquarters of El Claustro in Bogotá. These two initiatives, sponsored by the Catholic University of Colombia, involved the participation of experts in various matters coming from Italy, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, France, Ecuador, and Colombia. They […]

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 […]

Merry Christmas from the Observatory.


To all the friends of the Observatory, to the subscribers to our “Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church”, to those who frequently read what we publish on our website, and those who don’t have the time to do so, but are nonetheless our affectionate followers, to all the participants at our Academies of the Social Doctrine of the […]

THE PRESENCE OF PERSONALISM IN THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH. Introduction to the proceedings of the IV Montefiascone Conference

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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 […]


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To purchase the Acts of the first two Montefiascone Conferences To purchase the Acts of the III Montefiascone Conference   The IV “St. Thomas and the Social Doctrine of the Church” Conference was held on Saturday, 23 November 2019, in Montefiascone (Viterbo), to consider the following subject: “DEFEND PERSONS FROM PERSONALISMS. The complete programme is available here. The conference took […]

Euthanasia and assisted suicide: two books for understanding current trends. Marco Ferraresi.


Once driven by the principle of favor vitae, Italian legislation began to shift its focus with the approval of Law 219 (2017) which sanctioned the right of a patient to refuse or suspend life support therapies and treatment, despite the mortal consequences, and to receive the assistance of a physician to that end. After ruling n°207 (2018), of the Constitutional […]

Archbishop Crepaldi leaves the Presidency, but not the Observatory.


Dear friends of the Observatory, I founded the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân fifteen years ago and have now decided to step down from the Presidency and leave it in the hands of others. During this long period of time the Observatory has contributed in a very effective manner to the spreading of the Social Doctrine of the Church, ever in […]

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 […]