“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
The Sauvé Commission Report on the abuses perpetrated in the last 70 years by members of the French clergy on minors, has many aspects that still need to be clarified and explained. The phenomenon described, and on the basis of the numbers estimated, makes it one of the most worrying aspects that the Church has to deal with today. The […]
During the height of the pandemic, and then in the phase of mass vaccination, few Italian bishops spoke out “as bishops”, that is to say, remaining far above the political indications expressed by the government. To speak out ‘as a bishop’ means to do so in the light of faith, not with an ‘administrative’ view, because bishops are not government […]
Starting over with courage and faith OP Meeting – Bologna – September 18, 2021 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi I would like to begin sharing these personal thoughts by taking my cue from the words of the title proposed for us: “Starting over with courage and faith”. In the situation we have all lived, and are still experiencing, the expression […]
The father’s delicate mission, looking at St. Joseph. An article by José Noriega for the Observatory.
The latest issue of the “Bulletin on the Social Doctrine of the Church”, devoted to St. Joseph, fatherhood, chastity and work in the year dedicated to the reputed father of Jesus and protector of the universal Church, contains, in addition to numerous outstanding works, an excellent article by Prof. José Noriega, former professor at the John Paul II Institute, and […]
The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, headed by Maltese Cardinal Mario Grech, has just published the two fundamental documents for the next synodal phase which will have an impact on the Universal and local Churches over the next few years. The first is the Preparatory Document (see here) entitled For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission. The […]
When Pope Francis expresses himself, he finds his main source of inspiration in the “Theology of the People”. In these brief lines, therefore, it strikes me as important to depict in broad strokes what this theology is all about. The name One of the mentors of “Theology of the People,” Jesuit Juan Carlos Scannone, informs us that J. L. Segundo […]
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 […]
Interview with Bishop Schneider: COVID rules may be ‘a kind of prefiguration’ of the mark of the Beast
Paris, FRANCE (LifeSiteNews) — Bishop Athanasius Schneider is certainly the most outspoken bishop on the subject of abortion-tainted vaccines, but as a former citizen of a communist country – having lived as a child in a member state of the Soviet Union – he is also very much opposed to the “sanitary dictatorship” that is being set up in so many countries under […]
The Fifth International Vatican Conference, to be held from 6 to 8 May on the theme “Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul – Unite to Prevent & Unite to Cure” has already created quite a scandal. This is particularly so because some invited speakers are bizarre and even embarrassing. Firstly, there is Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the former American president. […]
Every summer since 2006, I have had the privilege to spend three and a half weeks in Krakόw, Poland as part of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society. The seminar provides participants – mostly recent university graduates from the United States, Canada, Poland, and Eastern Europe – with a deep dive into the Church’s social teaching. The seminar […]
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 […]
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 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”. In the beginning […]
Some people may argue that any radical transformation of moral theology is not underway at all, and that Amoris laetitia is in no way its focal point. Therefore, before examining the various aspects of the paradigm change in moral theology, it would be useful to demonstrate that the transformation is underway and is not an invention of my own. Worthy […]
Underway in Catholic moral theology is a total change of perspective and structure. As John Paul II taught, 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? 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 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 […]
POPOLI, NAZIONI, PATRIE. TRA NATURA E ARTIFICIO POLITICO. Anno XVI (2020), numero 1, GENNAIO – MARZO
TABLE OF CONTENTS Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church – 1 / 2020 POPOLI, NAZIONI, PATRIE. TRA NATURA E ARTIFICIO POLITICO. Anno XVI (2020), numero 1, GENNAIO – MARZO Focus 1, pag 3 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, LA CULTURA DELLE NAZIONI NELLA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA. Zoom 1, pag 6 Silvio Brachetta, FRANCIA: L’EUROPA SI SUICIDA ASSASSINANDO […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
TABLE OF CONTENTS Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church – 1 / 2019 Anno XV (2019), numero 1, GENNAIO – MARZO Editorial, pag 3 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, IL VERO SENSO DELLA LIBERTA’ EDUCATIVA Focus 1, pag 5 Luca Pingani, SCUOLE PARENTALI CATTOLICHE: STRUMENTO INNOVATIVO NEL SOLCO DELLA DOTTRINA SOCIALE DELLA CHIESA Focus 2, pag 10 Bernadette […]
IL CATTOLICESIMO NELLA STORIA. CONDANNA DELL’USURA, FUEROS E OBSEQUIUM PAUPERUM. Anno XIV (2018), numero 4, OTTOBRE – DICEMBRE
TABLE OF CONTENTS Bulletin of the Social Doctrine of the Church – 4 / 2018 Anno XIV (2018), numero 4, OTTOBRE – DICEMBRE Editorial, pag 115 S.E. Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi, AVER FEDE NELLA CAPACITA’ DELLA FEDE Focus 1, pag 117 Roberto Caria, IL GIUDIZIO DELLA CHIESA SULL’USURA E LA DIFESA DEI POVERI Focus 2, pag 123 Don Calogero D’Ugo, […]
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 […]
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 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 difference between dignity and liberty. A book by Giovanni Turco straddling philosophy and rights.
According to classical and Christian philosophy, and particularly so in the mainstream of Aristotle and Thomas, liberty does not belong to the essence of man. In other words, man is not man insofar as free, even if each man is free. Liberty is a property that derives from essence, and in particular from the specific difference of rationality. Man is […]
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 […]