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Now approaching its first decade, this year’s Report of our Observatory is devoted to Europe. It may seem surprising to see a Report dedicated to all five continents focusing its attention on only one of them. This sort of misgiving was naturally present in the minds of the Report’s editors from the very outset, especially in light of the fact […]

Doing comes after being. Without formation, catholics scatter.

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Most Rev. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi Speech in Milan — Teatro don Guanella 3 February 2018   I am pleased to be here with you on this special day. I’d even go so far as to say this very special day, with this opportunity I have to meet many of the persons taking part in the activities of the Academies of […]

The European Union: an institutional structure/system that insists on ignoring the history of the western world. The IX Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the World has been published

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By now, people at large should have become aware of the artificial and spurious character of the European Union, initially created to reincarnate the reality of Europe, but which seems like everything except Europe. Inflated may well be the use of the word ‘crisis’ evoked to depict the current malaise, but it comes across as the word best suited in […]


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Issue 4/2017 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/ 2017   Anno XIII (2017), numero 4, OTTOBRE-DICEMBRE Editorial, pag 133 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, L’HUMANAE VITAE E LA MODERNA QUESTIONE SOCIALE NEL 50MO ANNIVERSARIO […]

Christmas Letter from the President, Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi


Dear friends of the Observatory, For the 13th time it is my pleasure to send you this Christmas Letter in which I invoke the main facts and events concerning the Observatory throughout the year past, and likewise send you my best wishes. We can truly say that we worked very much indeed during this year as well. The presentation of […]

The Lutheran Reformation: Gnosis against Logos.


Speech delivered on 21 October in Salerno at the Conference on “2017, Four centennials: the challenge of history, the Eternal One’s response”   I’ve been asking myself what may be the key element in the events being celebrated this year, 2017: the Lutheran Reformation, the birth of Free Masonry, the Communist revolution, and the apparitions in Fatima. Quite briefly, I […]

CHURCH/WORLD AND APOSTOLATE/PASTORALISM: brief theological considerations.


During Benedict XVI’s last interview with the German journalist Peter Seewald, he said that the correct interpretation of Vatican II and the relationship existing between the Church and the world were two issues as of yet unresolved in the Church of today. I am of the opinion that the questions in the book-interview of Crepaldi-Fontana about the social apostolate in […]

The danger of the new social pastoralism in the latest book of Archbishop Crepaldi


Often heard repeated by bishops are exhortations like these: needed is “a new class of Catholic politicians”, “a new season of political Catholicism”, “a new generation of Catholics engaged in politics”. All this is very true. Nonetheless, wherever “could a layperson go in order to receive the necessary formation” since “lacking” is the actual teaching of the Social Doctrine of […]

The new Church of Karl Rahner in the critical essay by Stefano Fontana


Stefano Fontana, the director of the International Observatory ‘Cardinal Van Thuân’ for the Social Doctrine of the Church, has written a book on Karl Rahner’s thinking, or, to be more explicit, on Rahnerism as “new Catholicism, new doctrine of a “new Church”. Published by ‘Fede & Cultura’ (2017), this book is concise, well written, intended for the general public and […]