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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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Prominent bishops, priests, laity sign ‘Bethlehem Declaration’ that opposes ‘morally illicit’ COVID shots

(LifeSiteNews) – A group of Catholic prelates, scholars, activists, and journalists have initiated a petition appealing to the hierarchy of the Church, the lay faithful, and “all people of good will” to “vehemently oppose” the “abortion-tainted experimental injections for COVID-19,” along with mandates for their reception, calling the shots “morally illicit.” “The Bethlehem Declaration” (Declaration), sponsored by Deacon Nick Donnelly of England, has been endorsed by Bishops Marian Eleganti, Rene Henry Gracida, Athanasius Schneider, […]

Evangelizing or humanizing the social sphere? By Stefano Fontana

Back in 1991,  the Italian bishops published a Directory of Social Pastoral Care entitled ‘Evangelizing the Social Sphere’. Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, who had edited the document at that time as director of the national office of the Italian Episcopal Conference for Social Issues and Labour, recalled its content and reviewed its evolution in his book-interview “The Italian Church and the […]

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Amid strikes and protests against Italy’s vaccine rules, a Catholic thinker warns of government overreach. By Andrea Gagliarducci

Rome Newsroom, Dec 14, 2021 www.catholicnewsagency.com   In October, workers in the Italian port of Trieste launched a series of strikes and demonstrations in protest at the government’s decision to make the country’s Green Pass mandatory for workers. A Green Pass proves that the holder has been vaccinated, tested negative every 48 hours, or recently recovered from COVID-19. The Trieste […]

Cardinal Gerhard Müller Calls COVID-Related Sacrament Restrictions ‘Grave Sin’. By Edward Pentin

Edward Pentin Interviews December 2, 2021 Some politicians, mainstream media and Big Tech have “ruthlessly exploited” COVID-19 to promote “totalitarian thinking” that has even led to division within families, Cardinal Gerhard Müller has observed. In a Dec. 1 email interview with the Register, the prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith also said that the response […]

Holy See’s Uncritical Support for COP26 Causes Concern. By Edward Pentin

Holy See’s Uncritical Support for COP26 Causes Concern. Catastrophic crisis or a Trojan horse to push a secular agenda?   VATICAN CITY — As the Holy See gives unreserved public backing to a major United Nations conference on climate change, concerns are growing that it is lending its weight to “climate alarmism” that is being used to usher in policies […]

Catholic Politicians and Non-Admittance to Holy Communion. By Card. Burke

Praised be Jesus Christ! Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, For the past several months, the intention of the Church in the United States of America has been very much in my prayers. At their coming November meeting, the Bishops of the United States will be considering the application of Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law: “Those who […]

Rome Theologian Discusses the Vaccine Mandate, ‘Green Pass’ and Conscience Exemptions. For Edward Pentin

ROME — Vaccine mandates and COVID-related restrictions imposed by state and diocesan authorities, sometimes without exemption rights, are causing considerable concern for many Catholics. The Archdiocese of Chicago is requiring all its employees to receive the vaccine for COVID over the next few weeks, while others won’t issue letters of exemption on religious grounds, despite many Catholics conscientiously objecting to […]

DOSSIERS

No more Justice and Peace in the Vatican.

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is defunct. Of course, its former offices in Palazzo San Calisto in Rome’s Trastevere quarter are still standing, the staff are still working inside, and its documentation centre is still available for consultation… but the Pontifical Council is no longer there. It has been absorbed into the vast – and, for many people’s […]

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 […]

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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 […]