It’s time to reconsider what the Magisterium has taught about globalization. By Stefano Fontana


It is now very probable that if one day a future pope, whoever he is, wants to write a new social encyclical, he will need to reconsider various aspects of the teaching that has been presented up until now, and above all the Magisterium’s evaluation of globalisation. The coronavirus epidemic has exposed many illusions about the phenomenon of globalisation, revealing […]

“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 […]

An Urgent Plea. Considerations on the Pandemic and Its Consequences in the Light of God and His Providence


An Adequate Consideration. 1 I.1. Physical Evil and Human Vulnerability. 1 I.2. God and Evil, Physical and Moral 3 1.3. Miracles, Divine Intervention, and Punishment?. 5 An Urgent Plea for an Adequate Attitude and Conduct 8 II.1. Each Individual 9 II.2. In the Civil, Political, Temporal Order 9 II.3. In Ecclesial Society. 10 II.4. “God makes all things work together […]

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 […]