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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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A Schneider Response to open Letter on A NEW PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT

Nur-Sultan, April 21, 2021   To Presidents Mirco Agerde, Gianfranco Amato, Antonio Brandi, Giorgio Celsi, Francesco Fontana, Giovanni Formicola, and Massimo Viglione Praised be Jesus Christ!   Dear Sirs, The moral chaos that now seems to be imposing itself on the world, the drift toward transhumanism that is becoming increasingly explicit, and the culture of death that dominates the legislation […]

A NEW PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT. Oper Letter to Mons. Athanasius Schneider

To His Excellency, Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider Titular Bishop of Celerina Auxiliary Bishop of Mary Most Holy in Astana   Your Excellency, Many people around the world have read your Excellency’s address of 19 February 2021, titled Unmasking COVID-19: Vaccines, Mandates, and Global Health, with great consolation, seeing in it a rare and most valuable voice of truth. In Italy […]

TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES: HAPPY EASTER!

Dear friends, For the second year in a row we are experiencing the Holy Week in the context of a “state of exception” that, in Italy and in the world, and in the West especially, has been consolidating and “normalizing” far beyond what are considered to be the first pressing phases of an emergency. The Observatory has dedicated a broad […]

UNDERSTAND BENEDICT XVI, REQUIREMENT FOR THOUGHT AND FAITH. By Stefano Fontana

Ratzinger stopped the dissolution of the Catholic faith, defending everything that must be defended, but without being able to close the circle. He has re-founded the fundamental relationship between faith and reason, and has defended magnificent theses on the centrality of God in the public square. However, in some judgments he made about modernity, such as the Age of Enlightenment, […]

Blessings for gays: Rome spake… but also didn’t. By Stefano Fontana

The intervention of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prohibiting the blessings of homosexual couples has received different and even opposing assessments. This raises the significant question – a question of no small importance for the life of the Church – of the value and ecclesial usefulness of doctrinal pronouncements. Some will say that the Responsum was a […]

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Why workers must look to St Joseph. By Ermes Dovico

The Gospels, albeit with brief references, give us an often underestimated piece of information: a significant part of Jesus’ earthly life was spent at work. To express the amazement (mixed with scandal) before the wisdom that Jesus showed from the beginning of his public life, his fellow citizens called him “carpenter” (Mk 6:3) or “carpenter’s son” (Mt 13:55). Who taught […]

Despite Flagrant Dissent of Father Hans Küng, Some Church Leaders Pay Glowing Tribute. By Edward Pentin

  ROME — Despite his profoundly dissenting views that included questioning the divinity of Christ, rejecting papal infallibility and undermining doctrines on the Virgin Mary, warm tributes were paid yesterday by some prominent Church leaders to Swiss theologian Father Hans Küng, who died Tuesday at age 93. Father Küng never repented of his positions, which caused him to be formally […]

Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion. By Pete Baklinski

(LifeSiteNews) — U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke said that pro-abortion Catholics in public life such as President Joe Biden, who “obstinately and publicly” deny truths of the faith and act against them, must not only be denied Holy Communion but must now face the charge of the “crime of apostasy” where the “canonical penalty” for the guilty is “excommunication.” “Such a person […]

So many lies about Covid and Africa. By Anna Bono

(newdailycompass.com) “To date Africa has reported more than four million Covid-19 cases and over 100,000 related deaths. Still many regions of the continent have not received a single dose of vaccine while richer countries are on the verge of vaccinating their entire populations,” stated UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a meeting with representatives of African countries on 25 March. Any […]

We shed the tears that Judas did not want to. By Card. Angelo Comastri

“And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” (Lk 22:14-15). Today, Jesus speaks these same words to us. It is He who calling and gathering us together. It is Jesus who is now celebrating the Mass. […]

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THE TRANSFORMATION OF CATHOLIC MORAL THEOLOGY UNDERWAY. THE COMMENCEMENT. Article 3.

THE TRANSFORMATION OF CATHOLIC MORAL THEOLOGY UNDERWAY THE COMMENCEMENT Article 3 Stefano Fontana The issue of commencement involves clarifying what a discipline may be founded on, what may be its origin, and from whence it may have begun. This is the basic issue, since “a small mistake at the beginning becomes a huge mistake at the conclusion”[1]. In the beginning […]

THE TRANSFORMATION OF CATHOLIC MORAL THEOLOGY UNDERWAY. Article n. 1.

Underway in Catholic moral theology is a total change of perspective and structure. As John Paul II taught[1], the Social Doctrine of the Church is part of moral theology, and hence it becomes fundamental to clarify the latter’s framework. This is the reason why the idea dawned on me to publish a series of brief articles on the following subject: […]

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

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. […]

After the coronavirus: the road of true freedom .

After the coronavirus: the road of true freedom Notes +Giampaolo Crepaldi   Uproot statism and streamline bureaucracy, promote subsidiarity, free schools, fiscal freedom and the freedom to be born once conceived, national loan, combat the new humanism of the supra-national globalism that conducted an experiment of limited freedom and political authoritarianism during COVID-19: the future awaiting us will have to […]

The Church’s freedom is under attack and she cheers on her enemies.

Regarding the suspension of public Masses for COVID-19 public health ordinances, a fundamental issue emerges: the Libertas Ecclesiae, that is, the Church’s religious freedom. The agreement signed in Italy by the state and the national Catholic Bishops’ Conference to regulate the liturgy perfectly illustrates the problem. And It is not the only case. This is what has already happened and […]

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IL RISCHIO BIOETICO OGGI. ANTROPOLOGIA E ANTROPODOXIA. Anno XV (2019), numero 4, OTTOBRE – DICEMBRE

TABLE OF CONTENTS Anno XV (2019), numero 4, OCTOBER – DECEMBER   Editorial, pag115 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, ANTROPOLOGIA E ANTROPODOXIA:OSSERVAZIONI PRELIMINARI. Focus 1, pag 117 Giacomo Rocchi, LICENZA DI UCCIDERE. LA LEGGE 219(2017) E LA LEGALIZZAZIONE DELL’EUTANASIA IN ITALIA Zoom, pag 124 Lorenza Perfori, ABORTO E COMPLICAZIONI SULLA SALUTE: UNA GRAVE (E VOLUTA) MANCANZA DI INFORMAZIONE Focus 2, pag […]

IL PROGRESSISMO CATTOLICO:UN BILANCIO. Anno XV (2019), numero 3, LUGLIO – SETTEMBRE

SOMMARIO Bollettino di Dottrina sociale della Chiesa – 3 / 2019 IL PROGRESSISMO CATTOLICO:UN BILANCIO.   Anno XV (2019), numero 3, LUGLIO – SETTEMBRE Editoriale, pagina 79 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, IL PROGRESSISMO E LA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA Bollettino DSC 3-2019_Editoriale Focus 1, pagina 81 Calogero D’Ugo, IL PROGRESSO NELLA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA Focus 2, pagina 87 Calogero […]

ISLAM UN PROBLEMA POLITICO. Anno XV (2019), numero 2, APRILE – GIUGNO

TABLE OF CONTENTS Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church – 2 / 2019   Anno XV (2019), numero 2, APRILE – GIUGNO Editoriale, pag 39 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, L’ISLAM POLITICO E IL NUOVO COMPITO DELLA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA Focus 1, pag 41 Marie- Tèrèse Urvoy, SULL’ISLAM POLITICO Zoom 1, pag 51 Card. Van Thuân Observatory, L’ISLAM […]

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Euthanasia and assisted suicide: two books for understanding current trends.

Once driven by the principle of favor vitae, Italian legislation began to shift its focus with the approval of Law 219 (2017) which sanctioned the right of a patient to refuse or suspend life support therapies and treatment, despite the mortal consequences, and to receive the assistance of a physician to that end. After ruling n°207 (2018), of the Constitutional […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]