Presented in Rome on 8 May 2013 at 17:30 in the Marconi Hall of Vatican Radio will be the IV Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the World, “The Colonization of Human Nature, edited by the Observatory Cardinal Van Than on the Social Doctrine of the Church and published by Ed. Cantagalli with the collaboration of the Christian Workers Movement (CWM).
The presentation will begin with salutations on the part of Carlo Costalli, the president of CWM, to be followed by brief statements on the part of Andrea Tornielli, Vatican expert of La stampa, Eugenia Rocella, former under secretary of the Ministry of Public Health and now member of Parliament (PdL), and Most Rev. Giampaolo Crepaldi, Archbishop of Trieste and President of the Observatory.
For the fourth year in a row the Observatory, in collaboration with five other research centres, takes stock of the social doctrine of the Church on the five continents, flagging new facts, emerging challenges, and the most important teachings of the Magisterium.
The core section of the report deals with the ideology of gender, while in the introductory synthesis the five directors of the five institutions that worked together in drafting the report dwell on the “colonization of human nature” – forms of pressure exercised on an international scale to induce governments to change their traditional legislation on procreation, the family, and life itself – and especially on the case of Argentina, where approved in the short space of one year have been laws with an explosive impact on life and the family.
The ideology of gender is subtle, evokes individual rights and a presumed equality among abstract and asexual individuals bereft of any identity other than the one they arbitrarily give to themselves. This is a phenomenon quite subversive as regards social bonds: an accentuated and disincarnated individualism that tends to reshape social relations no longer on the basis of human nature, but on the basis of individual and self-referential desire. This ideology is now being exported into poor and emerging countries.
In the preface to the Report the president of the Observatory, Archbishop Crepaldi, asserts that through it “the Observatory is able to bestow systematic continuity on its monitoring and reflection activity. When reading one after another the four Reports thus far published it is possible to note continuity or interruptions in the development of the social doctrine of the Church throughout the world.”.
The future of the natural dimension of human good depends on the Christian faith: when men take their distance from Christ they also lose sight of their authentic good on the natural level. The commitment must be cultural, legislative, and political in order for natural procreation, the family, the welcoming of life not to be reduced to mere functions, but looked upon as expressions of each person’s beinghood.
Continuing with the fourth edition is the interesting itinerary mapped out by each annual Report.
The event will take place on:
Wednesday 8 May 2013 – 17:30
Vatican Radio – Marconi Hall
Piazza Pia 3 – Roma