Statements by Stefano Fontana

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 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 […]


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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Benedict XVI: eight funadmental years for the SDC.

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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 […]