Why there will never be an update for the Compendium. By Stefano Fontana

In 2004, due to Pope John Paul II’s will, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace released the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, then translated into many languages all over the world. Ten years later, Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi who as secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace signed the Compendium together with Cardinal Martino, answered […]

Germany set for a soft schism. While the Pope watches. By Stefano Fontana

The 10th of May has arrived, tension has already mounted around the dreaded German schism, and appeals to Rome to intervene and curb the schismatic drift have multiplied. But the notion of schism today is not really clear because of the role of the Pope, the doctrinal competence of the Bishops’ Conferences and the widespread crypto-schismatic situation. The feeling is […]


The German Synodal Path, initiated in 2019, has been, during the past two years, fertile ground for the planning and subsequent homogenization of ideas and theories that are blatantly contrary to the immutable and perennial Magisterium of the Holy Catholic Church, founded by the Divine Savior on the solid rock of the Apostles (Mt 16:18). The errors being spread include […]

No more Justice and Peace in the Vatican. By Stefano Fontana

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 […]

A Schneider Response to open Letter on A NEW PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT

Nur-Sultan, April 21, 2021   To Presidents Mirco Agerde, Gianfranco Amato, Antonio Brandi, Giorgio Celsi, Francesco Fontana, Giovanni Formicola, and Massimo Viglione Praised be Jesus Christ!   Dear Sirs, The moral chaos that now seems to be imposing itself on the world, the drift toward transhumanism that is becoming increasingly explicit, and the culture of death that dominates the legislation […]

A NEW PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT. Oper Letter to Mons. Athanasius Schneider

To His Excellency, Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider Titular Bishop of Celerina Auxiliary Bishop of Mary Most Holy in Astana   Your Excellency, Many people around the world have read your Excellency’s address of 19 February 2021, titled Unmasking COVID-19: Vaccines, Mandates, and Global Health, with great consolation, seeing in it a rare and most valuable voice of truth. In Italy […]


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 […]


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 […]