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“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

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CHURCH/WORLD AND APOSTOLATE/PASTORALISM: brief theological considerations.

During Benedict XVI’s last interview with the German journalist Peter Seewald, he said that the correct interpretation of Vatican II and the relationship existing between the Church and the world were two issues as of yet unresolved in the Church of today. I am of the opinion that the questions in the book-interview of Crepaldi-Fontana about the social apostolate in […]

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The danger of the new social pastoralism in the latest book of Archbishop Crepaldi

Often heard repeated by bishops are exhortations like these: needed is “a new class of Catholic politicians”, “a new season of political Catholicism”, “a new generation of Catholics engaged in politics”. All this is very true. Nonetheless, wherever “could a layperson go in order to receive the necessary formation” since “lacking” is the actual teaching of the Social Doctrine of […]

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The new Church of Karl Rahner in the critical essay by Stefano Fontana

Stefano Fontana, the director of the International Observatory ‘Cardinal Van Thuân’ for the Social Doctrine of the Church, has written a book on Karl Rahner’s thinking, or, to be more explicit, on Rahnerism as “new Catholicism, new doctrine of a “new Church”. Published by ‘Fede & Cultura’ (2017), this book is concise, well written, intended for the general public and […]

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The italian Church and the future of the Social Apostolate

Now available in bookstores is the new book-interview (with Stefano Fontana) of Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi entitled “La Chiesa italiana e il futuro della pastorale sociale” (Cantagalli, Siena 2017) . In the text below the archbishop himself highlights the essential points in his new book. ***** Does the social apostolate still need the Social Doctrine of the Church, and, if yes, […]

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Humanae vitae and the modern social issue.

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 […]

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The italian Church and the future of the Social Apostolate

Now available in bookstores is the new book-interview (with Stefano Fontana) of Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi entitled “La Chiesa italiana e il futuro della pastorale sociale” (Cantagalli, Siena 2017) . In the text below the archbishop himself highlights the essential points in his new book. ***** Does the social apostolate still need the Social Doctrine of the Church, and, if yes, […]

Compulsory evil. New totalitarianism and distracted catholics.

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 […]

Matrimony, Eucharist And the social Doctrine of the Church

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 […]

The importance of Doctrine for catholics active in politics.

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 […]

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LE RAGIONI DEL BENE COMUNE. Anno XIII (2017), numero 1, GENNAIO – MARZO

  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 […]

LA VITA SENZA COMPROMESSI. Anno XII (2016), numero 3, LUGLIO – SETTEMBRE

  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 […]

MISERICORDIA E GIUSTIZIA NELLA VITA POLITICA. Anno XII (2016), numero 1, Gennaio – Marzo

  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 […]

LE NUOVE GUERRE DI RELIGIONE. Anno XI (2015), numero 4, OTTOBRE – DICEMBRE

  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 […]

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The future of the Social Apostolate. The new book of most rev. Giampaolo Crepaldi.

This reader-friendly book entitled “The Italian Church and the future of the social apostolate” (“La Chiesa italiana e il futuro della Pastorale Sociale”: Edizioni Cantagalli) stands forth as an effort to reply to two essential questions posed by the situation now being lived by the Church: “Does the social apostolate of the Italian Church have a future? Does the organic […]

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Law and moral action – Ley y acción moral

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 […]

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La luz brilla en las tinieblas. Cardenal Van Thuȃn: historia de una esperanza

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 […]

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Black Book on the condition of Christians in the world

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 […]

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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 […]

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CHRISTOPHER DAWSON AND THE HISTORY OF MODERN SECULARIZATION

“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 […]