Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi wrote the following words in the book “The Social Doctrine of the Church. Taking stock ten years after the Compendium (2004-2014)”: “As I see it, the most influential school of thought for the criticism of the Social Doctrine of the Church is that of Karl Rahner. If we take a close look, many of the theologians who […]
THE BILL ON THE END OF LIFE NOW UNDER DISCUSSION IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. Statement by Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, President of the Observatory Cardinal Van Thuân.
Our Observatory is keeping a very close eye on parliamentary proceedings regarding the so-called bill on “Advanced Health Care Dispositions”, and hence on the “end of life”. In the speech delivered on March 20 last, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, used very clear language when addressing the ethical issue of euthanasia in general and the bill […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, ethics and […]