Statements by Stefano Fontana
Compulsory evil. New totalitarianism and distracted catholics.
The entry into force of a law in France that will penalize anyone who seeks via Internet to dissuade women from abortion is a new sign that the threshold of totalitarianism has been crossed. This threshold is crossed when national legislation not only permits evil, but also makes it compulsory and considers doing good to be a crime; when national legislation not only admits deviations from...
Matrimony, Eucharist And the social Doctrine of the Church
There is a very close bond between the sacraments of Matrimony and the Eucharist on one hand, and the Social Doctrine of the Church on the other. This may seem a strange relationship when considering that the first ambit has to do with the sacramental life in the Church, while the second has to do with commitment in society and politics. These two dimensions, however, are not extraneous to one...
The dictatorship of groundless ethics
Here is the text of the speech delivered by Stefano Fontana in Trieste on Friday, 11 November 2016, to the participants at the course organized by the Medical Association on the theme: "Ethics: evolution and repercussions on the work of physicians" ***** Ethics is the study of our deeds from the viewpoint of good and evil. It has to do with human action. Ethics concerns not what we do, but what...
Neusner and that Jesus, who was “too much” for a Hebrew
www.lanuovabq.it Rabbi Jakob Neusner, the author of " A Rabbi Speaks with Jesus", and friend of Joseph Ratzinger, has passed away. Benedict XVI cited him extensively in his first volume of " Jesus of Nazareth", doing so with those lofty flights of thought of his to which we were accustomed. Still fresh in our memory is their remote dialogue because it had to do with the exact point where a...
Wars of religion. Wars against religion. Introductory Abstract.
VII Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the World of the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân Introductory Abstract WARS OF RELIGION, WAR AGAINST RELIGION Stefano Fontana  The readers who take a close look at all the factual news in appendix to this Report will be awestruck by the immense number of acts of violence and persecution perpetrated by BokoHaram in Nigeria throughout 2014...
The secularization of the Social Doctrine of the Church and the personalism of Maritain
On several occasions our Observatory has dealt with the theme of secularization, which has also assailed the Social Doctrine of the Church  . An interesting pathway for exploring this in depth would be to ask ourselves if Catholic personalism  may have represented a stage in this process. Applied to secularization must be the criterion suggested by Benedict XVI with respect to Vatican II, a...
That’s enough with the inductive method. In documents let’s give God His place.
I wouldn't want the Synod on the family to pass by without some serious thought being given to the method of its documents, and the Relatio finalis in particular. I'm therefore referring not to the method of the actual proceedings, but the method used in drafting documents. The Final Report begins with a part dedicated to "The Church listening to families", followed by a second part entitled "The...
Marriage and Family: The Church at the Crossroads
The Synod on the Family to be celebrated in October 2015 will be very different in comparison with all the previous Synods of the Catholic Church. It will be so, but to a certain degree we can say it has already been so. In February 2014 Cardinal Walter Kasper delivered his famous report on the Gospel of the Family to the Consistory of Cardinals, thereby initiating discussion within the Church at...
The Final Document CCEE in Jerusalem: a test of courageous and Christian realism
I have the distinct impression that silence has reigned supreme regarding the final document of the Assembly of the Council of the European Episcopal Conferences (CEEC) held in Jerusalem from the 11th to the 16th of September this year. Present among other prelates from Italy were Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who chairs the CEEC, and Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, who chairs its Caritas in Veritate...
Non negotiable principles: if they aren’t only “maladroit expression”.
Non negotiable principles: in the recently published issue of "Teologia", Giuseppe Angelini, dean of the Faculty of Theology of Northern Italy, refers to this as a "maladroit expression". Then again, in the preceding issue of the same publication, Antonio Lattuadahad made a series of comments about the selfsame notion of non negotiable principles, leaving very little still standing. Prior to...