“Not infrequently do we feel we are losers in the modern world.
But the adventure of hope takes us beyond.
One day I found these words written on a calendar:
«The world belongs to those who love it and best know how to prove that».
How true these words are! In the heart of each person there is an infinite
thirst for love, and we can quench it with the love God has poured into our hearts.”
François Xavier Nguyen van Thuân
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 […]
Upon learning that Cardinal Carlo Caffarra passed away suddenly this morning, Wednesday 6 September, I hastened to pray for his birth into heaven. My prayers for the repose of his soul were accompanied by an act of thanksgiving to God for this great figure of disciple and master that Providence had given to the men and women of our time. […]
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. […]
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 […]
Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to Mrs Angela Merkel Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, on the occasion of the G20 Summit [Hamburg, 7-8 July 2017]
LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO MRS ANGELA MERKEL CHANCELLOR OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, ON THE OCCASION OF THE G20 SUMMIT [HAMBURG, 7-8 JULY 2017] Lettera_G20_eng
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE 40th GENERAL CONFERENCE OF FAO Papa_FAO_eng
LET US LOVE, NOT WITH WORDS BUT WITH DEEDS. Message of his Holiness Pope Francis for First World Day of the Poor.
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FIRST WORLD DAY OF THE POOR 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 19 November 2017 Let us love, not with words but with deeds papa_poveri_eng
APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO EGYPT. Address of his Holiness to the participants in the International Peace Conference. 28-04-2017
APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO EGYPT (28-29 APRIL 2017) ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE Al-Azhar Conference Centre, Cairo Friday, 28 April 2017 download document
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 […]
The entry into force of a law in France that will penalize anyone who seeks via Internet to dissuade women from abortion is a new sign that the threshold of totalitarianism has been crossed. This threshold is crossed when national legislation not only permits evil, but also makes it compulsory and considers doing good to be a crime; when national […]
There is a very close bond between the sacraments of Matrimony and the Eucharist on one hand, and the Social Doctrine of the Church on the other. This may seem a strange relationship when considering that the first ambit has to do with the sacramental life in the Church, while the second has to do with commitment in society and […]
Migration, the Common Good and the Social Doctrine of the Church. Statement by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi at the Presentation of the VIII Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world.
Statement by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi at the Presentation of the VIII Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world of the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân Rome, Sala Marconi at Vatican Radio, 15 February 2017 The annual publication of the Observatory’s Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world has by now become a […]
This is the text of an essay by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, Bishop of Trieste and President of our Observatory, published in the February issue of the monthly review “Il Timone”. The “Social Doctrine of the Church”, as the expression itself reads, is a “doctrine”. For a long time, however, especially in the 1970’s and 1980’s, many were those who […]
Here is the text of the speech delivered by Stefano Fontana in Trieste on Friday, 11 November 2016, to the participants at the course organized by the Medical Association on the theme: “Ethics: evolution and repercussions on the work of physicians” ***** Ethics is the study of our deeds from the viewpoint of good and evil. It has to […]
TABLE OF CONTENTS Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church – 1 / 2017 Anno XIII (2017), numero 1, GENNAIO-MARZO Editorial, pag 5 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, LA METAFISICA DELL’ESSERE E LA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA Allegato (.pdf) Focus 1, pag 7 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, GIUSTIZIA, CARITA’ E BENE COMUNE Focus 2, pag 11 Stefano Fontana, […]
RERUM NOVARUM E CENTESIMUS ANNUS: DUE ENCICLICHE UN ANNIVERSARIO. Anno XII (2016), numero 4, OTTOBRE – DICEMBRE
Focus 1, pagina 127 Luca Pingani, I TEMPI DELLA RERUM NOVARUM E DELLA CENTESIMUS ANNUS: UN QUADRO STORICO L’intervista, pagina 133 Federico Cenci, LEONE XIII E QUELLA “MILITANZA CATTOLICA” CHE OGGI QUALCUNO VORREBBE ESTINGUERE Allegato (.pdf) Focus 2, pagina 137 Fabio Trevisan, RERUM NOVARUM E CENTESIMUS ANNUS A CONFRONTO Focus 3, pagina 142 Stefano Fontana, LE “ALTRE” ENCICLICHE SOCIALI […]
Editoriale, pagina 87 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, PARLARE DI UN ORDINE E NON SOLO DI AUTODETERMINAZIONE Allegato (.pdf) Focus 1, pagina 90 Giacomo Rocchi, APPLICAZIONI GIURISPRUDENZIALI IN ATTO SULLA VITA UMANA Allegato (.pdf) Focus 2, pagina 97 Stefano Fontana, SULL’INDISPONIBILITA’ NON SI PUO’ TRATTARE Focus 3, pagina 100 Stefano Tardani, LA DIMENSIONE SPIRITUALE DELLA PERSONA Focus 4, pagina 105 […]
TRANSUMANESIMO: LO SPAVENTOSO LABORATORIO DEL “NUOVO ADAMO”. Anno XII (2016), numero 2, APRILE-GIUGNO
Editoriale, pagina 45 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, ALL’INIZIO NON ERA LA GNOSI MA IL VERBO Allegato (.pdf) Focus 1, pagina 47 Josè M. Galvàn, TRANSUMANESIMO E HUMAN ENHANCEMENT L’intervista, pagina 53 Don Samuele Cecotti, CONTRO IL TRANSUMANESIMO: IL RICONOSCIMENTO DELL’INTELLIGENZA DELLA REALTA’ COME MISURA DELLA FINALITA’ OBIETTIVA. Intervista a Giovanni Turco. Zoom, pagina 60 Paolo Gulisano, PLAYING GOD: OVVERO […]
Editoriale, pagina 5 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, MISERICORDIA E GIUSTIZIA NELLA VITA POLITICA Allegato (.pdf) Focus 1, pagina 7 Luca Pingani, SI PUO’ CHIEDERE MISERICORDIA SENZA CONCEDERE GIUSTIZIA? MISERICORDIA, PERDONO E CARITA’ NELLA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA Allegato (.pdf) Focus 2, pagina 13 Giorgia Pinelli, “SALVARE I FENOMENI”: LA MISERICORDIA E LA FILOSOFIA Zoom, pagina 18 Omar Ebrahime, LA […]
Editoriale, pagina 133 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, GUERRE DI RELIGIONE. GUERRE ALLA RELIGIONE. Allegato (.pdf) Focus 1, pagina 135 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, LAICITA’, CRISTIANESIMO, OCCIDENTE: UN PROFILO DI STORIA DELLE IDEE. Focus 2, pagina 140 Stefano Fontana, LIBERTA’ DI RELIGIONE E DOVERI POLITICI VERSO LA RELIGIO VERA. IL SILLABO, IL VATICANO II, JOSEPH RATZINGER Focus 3, pagina 145 […]
In this readily legible book published in Spain in the Prudentia iuris series directed by Prof. Miguel Ayuso, the Chilean philosopher José Luis Widow offers us an intelligent presentation of the classical doctrine of natural law and ably defends it against the objections launched by philosophical modernity regarding the classical claim of knowing a natural order normative for man. In […]
Publisher: Ediciones Palabra Pages: 268 Price: €17,50 This biography by Miguel Angel Velasco, a Spanish journalist specialized in religious information and contemporary hagiography, fills an editorial gap in its own way. In fact, despite considerable research endeavors over the past few years, at present there aren’t many reasoned biographies on the life and teaching of Van Thuȃn, especially relative to […]
Publisher: Mondadori Pages: 604 Price: €20,00 Besides the periodical and meritorious reports of ‘Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre’ (Aid to the Church in Need), lacking in current affairs journalism in Italy until now has been a detailed and well reasoned study on the mounting spread of anti-Christian persecution around the world. This gap has now been filled by this collective […]
Economics and society: the challenges of Christian responsibility. Questions and answers about the Social Doctrine of the Church
Publisher: Edusc Pages: 124 Price: €13,00 “In the final analysis, man without God becomes inhuman. Without God we cannot construct a society worthy of man, as the atheistic regimes of the XX century so sorely experienced” (pg. 8). Thus does Professor Martin Schlag – professor of Social Doctrine at the Pontifical University of the Sacred Heart (PUSC) – explain in […]
“The history of the secularization of modern culture still has to be written”. This affirmation by Christopher Dawson can be read on page 53, and it both voices a truth and explains the origin and aim of the book from which it is taken: “The Gods of Revolution”, published in the Italian translation by D’Ettoris, edited by Paolo Mazzeranghi and […]
Publisher: Marietti Massimo Borghesi has presented his understanding of the complex issue of political theology in his book Critica della teologia politica. Da Agostino a Peterson: la fine dell’era costantiniana, Marietti 1820, Genova 2013 [Critique of political theology. From Augustine to Peterson: the end of the Constantinian age]. He had already anticipated some of what he argues in this book, […]