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TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES: HAPPY EASTER!

Dear friends, For the second year in a row we are experiencing the Holy Week in the context of a “state of exception” that, in Italy and in the world, and in the West especially, has been consolidating and “normalizing” far beyond what are considered to be the first pressing phases of an emergency. The Observatory has dedicated a broad […]

UNDERSTAND BENEDICT XVI, REQUIREMENT FOR THOUGHT AND FAITH. By Stefano Fontana

Ratzinger stopped the dissolution of the Catholic faith, defending everything that must be defended, but without being able to close the circle. He has re-founded the fundamental relationship between faith and reason, and has defended magnificent theses on the centrality of God in the public square. However, in some judgments he made about modernity, such as the Age of Enlightenment, […]

Blessings for gays: Rome spake… but also didn’t. By Stefano Fontana

The intervention of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prohibiting the blessings of homosexual couples has received different and even opposing assessments. This raises the significant question – a question of no small importance for the life of the Church – of the value and ecclesial usefulness of doctrinal pronouncements. Some will say that the Responsum was a […]

The thirtieth ‘birthday’of John Paul II’s social encyclical Centesimus Annus. By Stefano Fontana

This year, 2021, recently dawned upon us, and. looking ahead, celebrated this year will be the thirtieth ‘birthday’of John Paul II’s social encyclical Centesimus Annus which saw the light of day on May 1, 1991. We will have occasion to speak about this important text of the Church’s social Magisterium, but it may be useful right now, at the beginning […]

ARCHBISHOP CREPALDI: AGAINST ABORTION, GREATER FORMATION AND CLEAR IDEAS ON THE BATTLE FOR THIS

Your Excellency, one of the hottest themes today, concerning “rights” and their ethical and moral implications certainly is  abortion. Truly this has always been divisive, ever since the referendum over 40 years ago. What is the best approach to face this and yet remain faithful to the pro-life concept?   First, I will answer the last part of this question, […]

The failure of modern liberal democracies. In an interview with Patrick J. Deneen. By Silvio Brachetta

Patrick J. Deneen, speaking of liberalism, speaks of “failure” – and for some time. Liberalism has failed because it has imploded into internal contradictions, which are the fatal house of cards for any ideology. A couple of years ago he published Why Liberalism Failed (Yale University Press, USA, 2018), translated into French and Italian (Perché il liberalismo ha fallito, La […]

VACCINATION: A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE. An informative book by Pamela Arcker. By Stefano Fontana

“Vaccination: A Catholic Perspective” is the title of a short book by Pamela Arcker published by the Kolbe Center for the Study on Creation (www.kolbercenter.org). The author has a master’s degree in biology from the Catholic University of America, has been a longtime teacher of natural sciences, and has participated in genome research at Washington University in St. Louis and […]

Religious freedom: a fundamental clarification. Stefano Fontana

Most Rev. Athanasius Schneider makes an important clarification about the way to understand religious freedom in his recently published book “Christus vincit” (Fede & Cultura, Verona 2020).  The Council Declaration Dignitatis humanae sustains that the right to choose a religion has its foundation in the very nature of the human person (cf. ns. 2 and 4). This right would apply to […]