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AFTER ISLAMIST ATTACKS. Only Benedict XVI defended the West. By Stefano Fontana

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The frightening Islamist attacks in France over the last few days, and confirmed by the ones in Austria, constitute a broadside against the West, and the Catholic Church that downplays things or adopts a ‘let’s pretend’ stance, classifying events such as these under the generic category of terrorism with no adjective, shows it no longer wishes to defend the West […]

The legal recognition of homosexual civil unions. Note of the Observatory.

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Our Observatory is keeping a very close eye and ear on the discussion about the legal recognition of homosexual civil unions in the wake of the recent diffusion of Pope Francis’ opinion in this regard. In this Note we wish to highlight the points ever embodied in the Social Doctrine of the Church, and which should be the benchmark for […]

Cardinal Bo wants the Church not to be the Church. For Stefano Fontana

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It is deeply disturbing to read that, in one Asian cardinal’s opinion, Christianity must be baptized into Eastern religions: “The Church needs to be baptized in the Jordan of Asian cultures, absorbing the simplicity and interiority of the Asian religion.” As we well know, baptizing means entering into a new divine life. Therefore, we are quite right in wondering exactly […]

Statism, globalism, ecologism: ideologies that destroy people. Extensive excerpts from Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi keynote lecture

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Below are extensive excerpts from Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi keynote lecture delivered last October 17 for third annual Catholic Social Doctrine conference in Lonigo, in the Italian region of Veneto. The conference was organised by the Cardinal Van Thuan International Observatory, the Daily Compass and the Iustitia et Pax National Association.   (…) Catholic Social Doctrine is opposed, by its very […]

The Glendon Commission on the true human rights: a turning point to be sustained. Join a discussion on the Observatory website.

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THE PROVEEDINGS OF THE GLENDON COMMISSION ON THE TRUE HUMAN RIGHTS: A TURNING POINT TO BE SUSTAINED AND ACCOMPANIED Rev. Samuele Cecotti   JOIN A DISCUSSION ON THE OBSERVATORY WEBSITE   The Commission on Unalienable Rights was created in July 2019 by the US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in order to define the unalienable human rights with which […]

Do Pandemic ‘Stimulus’ Policies Align With Church Teachings? Interview to Stefano Fontana

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Do Pandemic ‘Stimulus’ Policies Align With Church Teachings? Stefano Fontana, director of the Cardinal Van Thuan International Observatory on the Social Doctrine of the Church, warns against overreliance on such monetary policies. ROME ­— When the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world precipitating economic lockdowns, it caused central banks to take emergency measures to keep national economies afloat. The U.S. […]