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, […]


HE LOWERED THE MIGHTY FROM THEIR THRONES, HE RAISED THE HUMBLE OUR BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY CHRISTMAS   Dearest friends The intense liturgical season of Advent and the holy days of Our Lord’s Nativity are times traditionally dedicated by the Observatory to heightening the awareness of its friends and supporters about the importance of everyone’s collaboration so the Observatory’s […]

The Chinese Model: The capital-socialism of social control. The 13th Report of the Van Thuân Observatory is now available

The 13th  Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the World of the Cardinal Van Thuân Observatory has just been published [Cantagalli, Siena 2021, pgs. 222, euro 16]. This year it is dedicated to the “Chinese Model”, a model of capital-socialism of social control crafted in China but being exported all over the world. In many ways the […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Listen”, but to whom? The Synod’s empty words. By Stefano Fontana

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 […]