The liberating realism of Christian philosophy. Intervew with Stefano Fontana


Now available in bookstores is Stefano Fontana’s new book on medieval philosophy [“La sapienza dei medievali. La filosofia cristiana da San Paolo a Guglielmo di Occam”, Fede & Cultura, Verona 2018 – click here ] and this offers us an excellent opportunity to speak with the author about philosophy, and Christian philosophy in particular. Mr. Fontana, for such a long […]

A look at political Islam. A review of Marie ThérèsUrvoy, Islamologie et monde islamique


The Catholic world deals with the issue of Islam above all from the viewpoint of interreligious dialogue. The mounting presence of Muslims in countries of longstanding Christian tradition, however, makes it necessary to examine the Islamic world also from the strictly social and political viewpoints. This is something different with respect to the perspective of interreligious dialogue, but not at […]

The Social Doctrine of the Church: the new Manual by George J. Woodall


The destiny of SDC Manuals yesterday and today Is time still ripe for Manuals of the social doctrine of the Church? The publication of such a Manual at this time is a fact to be flagged with a certain sense of both surprise and satisfaction. I am referring to George J. Woodall, Dottrina Sociale della Chiesa, Fede & Cultura, Verona […]

State Paternalism.

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One of the many obstacles to subsidiarity, or quite simply to free enterprise, is state paternalism which could be a close relative of statism. Paternalism as a phenomenon, however, is not confined to politics, and invades practically all the mass media and information at large, because it is a typical forma mentis of forms of totalitarianism. We see this from […]

No social action without doctrine It is not possible to “construct the new city on the clouds”


There is a tendency in politics to impose vision and views with strong and fiery declarations separated entirely from an underlying and weak theoretical system that comes across in words that end up being innocuous. On the contrary, as Msgr. Giampaolo Crepaldi writes in his book[1], it is necessary for there to be something “at the foundations of politics”, something […]

God is accessibile to all because what is more cannot come from what is less. The ‘simple’ metaphysics of Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange.


St. Thomas Aquinas, as we know, worked out five “viae” (later called “demonstrations”) to the existence of God. His formulation of them was technical and availed itself of specific philosophical concepts. In their essence, however, the five ways of St. Thomas are simple, and put the spontaneous inferences of the ordinary person into words of philosophical formulation. They belong to […]

Note on the 50th anniversary of Paul VI’s Encyclical Letter. Humanae vitae and Social Doctrine of the Church: united by the same destiny.


The Encyclical Letter VI Humanae vitae of Paul VI and the Social Doctrine of the Church met with the same opposition.  We are talking about the end of the 1960’s and the early 1970’s. This fact of sharing the destiny of being the object of opposition during those years (as well as afterwards and even at present, since the fundamental […]