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Crepaldi rosso

Considering the discussion underway in the Church regarding sexual morals, matrimony and the family, we offer anew the following text written in 2008 by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, president of our Observatory, and which is more timely today that it was back then. Established in these considerations is the very close connection between the teachings on sexual morals in the encyclical […]

Thus does the Social Doctrine of the Chuch change.


A change is underway in the communication style of the Social Doctrine of the Church. A symptom of this can be seen in Pope Francis’ recent Message for the Day of Migrants and Refugees. To do what the national press did yesterday and argue that in this message the Holy Father takes a stand in favor of ius soli, and […]

Charlie Gard was killed: the State decides about life and death, and the special tribunals of totalitarian regimes are back on the scene. Statement by the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân on the Social Doctrine of the Church.


On 28 July 2017 the machinery ventilating Charlie Gard’s lungs was turned off and he died. This induced death took place in a room of a hospice for terminally ill patients whose address was not rendered public pursuant to a court decision. Practically all the mass media, unfortunately including Catholic ones as well, duly reported this infant’s death almost as […]

Theologians according to the Instruction Donum veritatis”. A rereading useful for the Social Doctrine of the Church


Our Observatory has dealt numerous times with the way the Social Doctrine of the Church is taught in seminaries and theological institutes, and has never ceased to manifest its concerns. Since the Social Doctrine of the Church is formally “moral theology”, how it is taught depends on how people understand moral theology, theology as such and the role of theologians. […]

Luther or the impossibility of the Social the Social Doctrine of the Church.


Published for your reading is the editorial writen by Archbishop Giampaolo for issue 2 (2017) of the Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church dedicated to “The Luteran Reformation in the Light of the Social Doctrine of the Church. This issue offers articles written by Miguel Ayuso, Samuele Cecotti, Omar Ebrahime, Stefano Fontana, Ermanno Pavesi, and Guido Vignelli. For further […]



Issue 2/2017 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 – 2/ 2017   Anno XIII (2017), numero 2, APRILE – GIUGNO Editorial, pag 39 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, LUTERO, O DELL’IMPOSSIBILITÀ DI UNA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA […]

The new Church of Karl Rahner. The theologian who taught how to surrender to the world.


His Eminence Giuseppe Cardinal Siri had summarized the nucleus of Karl Rahner’s theological error in “the conception of the non-gratuitous supernatural”. He wrote these words in 1980 in Getsemani for the members of the Fraternity of the Virgin Mary. In other words, the supernatural is “necessarily” linked to human nature. In this case, however, it would no longer be gratuitous; […]

Liberty and fraternal responsibility. An important statement by Pope Francis closely regarding the Social Doctrine of the Church.


Pope Francis has had occasion to address the issue of social integration over the past few days, and did so explicitly in the Message sent on 24 April last to Ms Margaret Archer, President of the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences. At times it is thought that the thrust of charity suffices for the presence of Christians in the […]