The dictatorship of groundless ethics

Stefano nuova

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 […]

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 […]

Conscientious objection may be exercised even if no law says so. Judge Giacomo Rocchi: synopsis of the recent symposium held by the Livatino Study Center.


Held at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome on 21 October last was a symposium of the Livatino Study Center on the theme: “Conscience without rights”. We interviewed one of the speakers, Mr. Giacomo Rocchi, a judge at the Court of Cassation.   Mr Rocchi, could you give us an overview of what emerged during the Livatino Study Center’s recent […]

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 […]


Now available in bookshops is the new book by Stefano Fontana: “Filosofia per tutti. Una breve storia del pensiero da Socrate a Ratzinger” [Philosophy for everyone. A brief history of thought from Socrates to Ratzinger] (Edizioni Fede & Cultura, Verona 2016). This is a “two hundred thousand” character presentation of the history of human thought in very simple and straightforward […]

XLIV annual symposium of “Instaurare omnia in Christo”. Interview with Prof. Miguel Ayuso.

Held on 18 August last at the Sanctuary of La Madonna di Strada in Fanna was the XLIV annual symposium of  “Instaurare omnia in Christo”, a Catholic periodical headed by Danilo Castellano, professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Udine. Present among the speakers was the Spaniard Miguel Ayuso, president of the International Union of Catholic Jurists, […]

The Protestant Reformation and Jubilee Years

2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation which will reach its apex on 31 October, the date in1517 when, according to tradition, Martin Luther’s 95 theses on the efficacy of indulgences were nailed to the main door of the church of the castle of Wittenberg The Catholic world is also preparing for this event, and a case […]

Martin Luther and the crisis of reason

When people speak about Martin Luther (1483-1546) they ordinarily have in mind the Protestant Reformation, that religious movement which led to the separation of a consistent part of Christianity from the Church of Rome and the constitution of the Protestant confession. Attributed to the Reformation is an important role in the formation of modern civilization, but, above and beyond any […]

Response to Vittorio Possenti in the debate on personalism and secularization – Analysis of “integral humanism”

Vittorio Possenti does not agree[1] with the opinion of Gianni Baget Bozzo about the Maritain of “Integral Humanism”, which would have superimposed the immanent level over the transcendent level by way of “temporal reality having become identical to Grace”. If Badget Bozzo was right there would be a fusion between immanence and transcendence, whereby, according to Maritain, the position between […]