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...
Migration, the Common Good and the Social Doctrine of the Church. Statement by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi at the Presentation of the VIII Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world.
Statement by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi at the Presentation of the VIII Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world of the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân Rome, Sala Marconi at Vatican Radio, 15 February 2017 The annual publication of the Observatory's Report on the Social Doctrine of the Church in the world has by now become a flagship appointment for all those who harbour...
The importance of Doctrine for Catholics active in Politics.
This is the text of an essay by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, Bishop of Trieste and President of our Observatory, published in the February issue of the monthly review "Il Timone". The "Social Doctrine of the Church", as the expression itself reads, is a "doctrine". For a long time, however, especially in the 1970's and 1980's, many were those who contested this word and sought to replace it...
The chaos of migration, the migration of chaos.
Stefano Fontana interviewed by Lorenzo Bertocchi on the occasion of the publication of the VIII Report on the Social Doctrine in the World (Cantgalli, Siena 2016) Stefano Fontana is the director of the International Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân on the Social Doctrine of the Church, an institution based in Trieste (Italy), the diocese entrusted to Archbishop Crepaldi, who is the President of...
Academy of the Social Doctrine of the Church Staggia Senese – 18 January 2017. Presentation of the Academy
Officially beginning its activities this evening is the Academy of the Social Doctrine of the Church of Staggia Senese organized by the local ‘Amici del Timone' Cultural Center together with our Observatory. The theme for this first encounter is "The Social Doctrine of the Church as proclamation of Christ in temporal realities". Nonetheless, before delving into that subject, allow me to...
Message on the occasion of Christmas and gift for friends of the Observatory
Dear friends of the Observatory, readers and supporters, I take utmost pleasure in addressing you this year as well on the occasion of the upcoming Festivity of Holy Christmas and other major Christian celebrations during this Christmas period. In them we find and draw the motivation and spiritual force to pursue our activity of diffusion and commitment for the application of the Social Doctrine...
Martin Luther. The Dawning of Modernity
The core thesis of this new book by Danilo Castellano is quite simply this: Luther is modernity. Embodied in the philosophical and theological substance of the Protestant Reformation are all the principles of modernity, including the moral, political and juridical ones. The primacy of individual conscience, democracy founded on the sovereignty of the majority, the separation between State, ...
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...
CONSCIENCE AS THE PRIMARY POLITICAL PROBLEM Observations on Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s Message to the Livatino Study Center
On the occasion of the recent conference on "Conscience without rights?" held in Rome on 21 October in the meeting hall of the Palazzo of Parliamentary Groups, the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin sent the Center a very meaningful message focused on the theme of the Conference, on conscience. The Cardinal's words are to be considered in depth and accorded due value insofar as they...