Benedict XVI: eight funadmental years for the SDC. For Stefano Fontana

The 19th of April marked the 24th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s election to the See of Peter. His was indeed a most bountiful and rich pontificate, also for the Social Doctrine of the Church, with one special feature: the importance of his contribution to the social doctrine is due not that much to teachings directly addressed to that subject,  but […]

Responding to the Pandemic, Lessons for Future Actions and Changing Priorities. Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Responding to the Pandemic, Lessons for Future Actions and Changing Priorities The Vatican, Casina Pio IV on March 20, 2020 A Statement by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of Social Sciences issue this communication. We note with great appreciation the tremendous […]


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 […]

COVID-19 is a call for the conversion of individuals and nations. By Stefano Fontana

Are penance and conversion only for individual persons or do they also concern entire societies and nations? Natural or historical catastrophes, such as today’s pandemic, are an open invitation to examine our conscience, to repent and to make amends. We have to ask ourselves whether this only applies to individual people, believers or non-believers alike, but also to public authorities […]

It’s time to reconsider what the Magisterium has taught about globalization. By Stefano Fontana

It is now very probable that if one day a future pope, whoever he is, wants to write a new social encyclical, he will need to reconsider various aspects of the teaching that has been presented up until now, and above all the Magisterium’s evaluation of globalisation. The coronavirus epidemic has exposed many illusions about the phenomenon of globalisation, revealing […]

LET US REMAIN UNITED. Joint Statement of the Presidents of COMECE and CEC. 02-04-2020

Read the Document Joint Statement of the Presidents of COMECE and CEC in the context of the COVID–19 pandemic LET US REMAIN UNITED This is the time to show our commitment to European values The joint statement titled “Let Us Remain United”, issued on Thursday, 2 April 2020, urges a demonstration of “joint commitment to common European values of solidarity […]

“Coronavirus has exposed the limitations of hegemonic materialism”. An interview with Prof. Danilo Castellano

At the end of February the eleventh International Congress of the Colombian Association of Catholic Lawyers and the sixth Hispanic Day of Natural Law was held at the headquarters of El Claustro in Bogotá. These two initiatives, sponsored by the Catholic University of Colombia, involved the participation of experts in various matters coming from Italy, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, France, Ecuador, and Colombia. They […]

Church Observer Warns: Don’t Flatten the Faith to Fit In at the UN. Interview to Stefano Fontana.

The Holy See’s ever-closer collaboration with the United Nations and its affiliated organizations is causing it to adopt the “logic of the world,” a development that threatens to secularize the faith. These are the views of professor Stefano Fontana, director of the Cardinal Van Thuan International Observatory on the Social Doctrine of the Church — a think tank created for […]