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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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VACCINATION: A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE. An informative book by Pamela Arcker. By Stefano Fontana

“Vaccination: A Catholic Perspective” is the title of a short book by Pamela Arcker published by the Kolbe Center for the Study on Creation (www.kolbercenter.org). The author has a master’s degree in biology from the Catholic University of America, has been a longtime teacher of natural sciences, and has participated in genome research at Washington University in St. Louis and […]

Religious freedom: a fundamental clarification. Stefano Fontana

Most Rev. Athanasius Schneider makes an important clarification about the way to understand religious freedom in his recently published book “Christus vincit” (Fede & Cultura, Verona 2020).  The Council Declaration Dignitatis humanae sustains that the right to choose a religion has its foundation in the very nature of the human person (cf. ns. 2 and 4). This right would apply to […]

THE DIVINE CHOICE OF THE NATIVITY. Our Observatory’s best wishes

Dearest friends. . . Holy Christmas, by now so soon to come, brings us face to face with the mystery of the Incarnation of the Eternal Word in the womb of the Most Holy Virgin. The Son of the Father assumes a human nature in the unity of His Divine Person and becomes the child of Mary. That Child we […]

Pope’s message for peace 2021, some positive aspects. Stefano Fontana

The ecclesial documents during this pontificate stand out for their prevailing horizontal nature. Religious references tend to diminish, social and political considerations to increase. Is the Church speaking more and more about man and less and less about God? This is the general impression: the Church shows that it has the “anthropological question” very much at heart. However, without including […]

The Green Madness tries to destroy the Netherlands. By Hugo Bos

We are publishing the article written by Hugo Bos, “The Green Madness Trying to Destroy the Netherlands”. This article highlights the data of the ecologist ideology in Holland. It is an extract from the XII Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church of the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân recently published by Edizioni Cantagalli, Siena (Euro 16.00). Please note that […]

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS 2020

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN  ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS 2020 “GLORY TO GOD ON HIGH AND PEACE ON EARTH TO ALL MEN OF GOOD WILL ”   Throughout the month of December, the month of Advent and Holy Christmas, we invite all those who keep abreast of our Observatory’s activities to make a donation in order to support our project. In years past, the […]

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Cardinal Müller discusses President Biden, pro-abortion politicians, and the bishops.

(www.catholicworldreport.com) Editor’s note: The following interview was given by Cardinal Müller to the kath.net and was originally posted on January 25, 2021. It has been translated for CWR from German by Michael J. Miller and reposted here with the permission of kath.net.   ——— Washington, D.C. – Rome (kath.net/Petra Lorleberg): “Anyone who relativizes the clear acknowledgment of the sacredness of […]

Communist Crackdown in China is “Beyond George Orwell’s Imaginings” — and It’s Only Getting Worse. By Edward Penting

(www.ncregister.com)— A British political party report into human rights violations in China released last Thursday aims to show the true extent of state-sponsored abuses of millions of Chinese citizens and argues for international sanctions and other measures to be taken against the communist regime. The 87-page report called The Darkness Deepens — The Crackdown on Human Rights in China 2016-2020 […]

THE UNITED NATIONS 2020 REPORT ON MIGRATION

  The International Organization for Migration (IOM), a United Nations agency based in Switzerland, has published its 2020 Report, a document of close to 500 pages with global and detailed data on the world situation updated to the end of 2019 and compared with the situation recorded in 2000. This Report is issued in concomitance with the celebration of the […]

Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines.

CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines   The question of the use of vaccines, in general, is often at the center of controversy in the forum of public opinion. In recent months, this Congregation has received several requests for guidance regarding the use of vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that […]

Cdl. Burke: COVID is being used for ‘Great Reset’ to attack ‘freedom’ and ‘families’

(LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke has warned of the danger of “certain forces” who are using the cover of COVID-19 to promote “fear,” attack freedom and the family, and so advance the “Great Reset.” “Our nation is going through a crisis which threatens its very future as free and democratic. The worldwide spread of Marxist materialism, which has already brought […]

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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 […]